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Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 5:30 pm to Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 1:30 pm
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The 2018 Masterclass, jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and European Association for the Study of the Liver, provides a unique educational collaboration of clinical and basic scientists from leading academic medical institutions from both sides of the Atlantic.

Selected participants will attend a two-day intensive training session in Florida, designed for future leaders in academic hepatology. The program will consist of academic lectures, interactive break-out sessions, individual meetings with tutors, abstract presentations and a poster session, and social events to give early-stage investigators (MD, PhD, or MD/PhD, or equivalent) the opportunity to network with world leaders in hepatology.

AASLD will provide complimentary registration, travel, and accommodation expenses for up to 15 candidates who are full members of AASLD to attend the Masterclass. EASL will also bring 10 early stage-investigator candidates from Europe to attend the Masterclass.

Program Chairs

  • Ronald J. Sokol, MD, FAASLD | United States
  • Michael Fried, MD, FAASLD | United States
  • Annalisa Berzigotti, MD, PhD | Switzerland
  • Massimo Pinzani, MD, PhD, FRCP, FAASLD | United Kingdom


  • Orlando, FL

Continuing Education

  • TBD

AASLD Application Process


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this award, the applicant must fulfill all of the following criteria.

  1. Reside in the United States, Canada or Mexico and be a full member in good standing of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) at the time of submission of the application and maintain their membership through the event.
  2. Be a Junior Faculty member (Assistant Professor or equivalent) within the first 5 years of their first faculty appointment at a medical or research institution within North America (U.S., Canada or Mexico) at the time of application.
  3. Have received as a Principal Investigator (by the time of the application) a major independent or mentored external research grant award from a federal agency (e.g., NIH, AHRQ, CDC, PCORI, VAH, NSF, CIHR, or equivalent) or Foundation (e.g., AASLD, AGA, ACG, ALF), including K01, K08, K23, KL2, K12, K99/R00, R21, R01, or equivalent awards. Start-up funding from the academic institution and Pilot Grant Awards are not considered major external research grant funding.
  4. Be committed to and demonstrate early success in an academic scientific career.
  5. Be able to travel to and attend the 2018 Masterclass.
  6. Submit an abstract for presentation at the Masterclass. The abstract can be from already published work.

Thursday, November 29

  • 5:30 pm
    Welcome and Introductions
    Ronald J. Sokol, MD, FAASLD and EASL
  • 6:30 pm
    Story of AASLD
    Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, FAASLD
  • 7:00 pm
    Story of EASL
  • 7:30 pm
    Dinner and group activity

Friday, November 30

  • 8:00 am
    Welcome / Review Agenda
    Ron Sokol, AASLD and TBD, EASL
  • 8:05 am
    Abstract Presentations
    • Clinical Science
      Moderators: Michael Fried and EASL
      Presentation 1: EASL Young Investigator
      Presentation 2: AASLD Young Investigator
    • Basic Science
      Moderators: Becky Wells and EASL
      Presentation 1: AASLD Young Investigator
      Presentation 2: EASL Young Investigator
  • 8:50 am
    Coffee break
  • 9:05 am
    Leadership and Managerial Skills
    • Plenary
      Special Guest
    • Breakout: How to Deal with a Difficult Employee
      Special Guest
    • Breakout: How to Set Up a Collaborative Research Team
      W. Ray Kim + EASL
    • Breakout: Hiring and Supervising Research Team Members
      David Brenner + EASL
    • Group Wrap-Up / Discussion
  • 12:15 pm
  • 1:15 pm
    Case-based Presentations / Group Critiques
    • Group 1: Viral Hepatitis
      Norah Terrault + 2 AASLD YIs
      EASL faculty + 2 EASL YIs
    • Group 2: Metabolic & Cholestatic
      Ron Sokol + 2 AASLD YIs
      EASL faculty + 2 EASL YIs
    • Group 3: Complications of Cirrhosis
      Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, MD, FAASLD + 2 AASLD YIs
      EASL faculty + 2 EASL YIs
    • Group 4: Basic Science
      Gyongyi Szabo + 2 AASLD YIs
      EASL faculty + 2 EASL YIs
  • 3:30 pm
    Coffee break
  • 3:50 pm
    Story of My Life
    James Boyer, AASLD and TBD, EASL
  • 5:30 pm
    Poster Session
  • 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 1

  • 8:00 am
    Ethics in Science
    • Authorship – David E. Cohen and EASL
    • Research Misconduct – Gyongyi Szabo and EASL
    • Conflict of Interest – Ron Sokol and EASL
  • 10:30 am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00 am
    Hepatology Family Feud
  • Noon
    Inspirational Talk
  • 12:30 pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 12:45 pm