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Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were created to further enhance AASLD’s collaboration of scientists and health care professionals from a range of disciplines who share common specialized interests in the field of hepatology.

Innovation Fund

The AASLD Innovation Fund was created to fund new creative ideas / projects put forth by an AASLD Committee or Special Interest Group (SIG). Proposals must address an issue / process / disease / question / hypothesis etc. that advances the mission of the AASLD.

SIG Leadership Roles

The position of Chair, Vice-chair and Secretary can only be occupied by AASLD Regular, International and Fellow members who are in good standing. Steering Committee positions can be occupied by AASLD membership categories that are in good standing and are SIG members.

The Chair will:

  • Set the agenda and preside over the annual business meeting and other SIG meetings/webinars
  • Work closely with the Vice-chair and AASLD staff to develop member communications and membership marketing
  • SIG Steering Committee oversight
  • Participate in quarterly conference calls and one in-person meeting (either at DDW or The Liver Meeting®) annually with the Governing Board Liaison (President Elect) and other AASLD leadership. If the SIG Chair cannot participate in one of the calls, the Vice-chair will represent the Chair or a representative from the SIG steering committee in the absence of the Vice-chair.
  • Serve additional responsibilities as requested by the Governing Board (e.g. represent the AASLD or select a representative for different topic-related committees, boards, etc.)
  • Work with the Vice-chair and steering committee to develop educational activities for SIG members

The Vice-chair will:

  • Assist Chair with annual business meeting and other SIG membership meetings
  • Assist Chair with Steering Committee oversight
  • Work together with Chair and Steering Committee members to effectively represent all SIG members
  • Serve as the representative of the SIG in the absence of the Chair

The Secretary will:

  • Approve official minutes of SIG business meetings in collaboration with AASLD staff
  • Prepare, review and keep a record of minutes of the SIG meetings and conference calls; maintain any reports of appointed groups
  • Prepare Secretary’s report for the SIG Annual Business Meeting
  • Report newly appointed SIG members and deceased/retired SIG members
  • Maintain list of SIG members

The Steering Committee members will:

  • Work together with the SIG leadership to effectively represent all SIG members
  • Serve additional responsibilities as requested by the Governing Board including
    • Review and update of abstract categories and descriptors for topics specific to the SIG
    • Propose a ranked list of abstract reviewers for each of the abstract categories specific for the SIG to be reviewed and approved by the AASLD President Elect. Abstract reviewers should be selected on the basis of demonstrated expertise based on recent peer-reviewed publications in the specific area.

Join a SIG

Membership in an AASLD SIG is also an investment in career development, providing:

  • Year-round professional development opportunities;
  • Knowledge-sharing listservs that extend your learning community;
  • Online venues for sharing research, expertise, and best practices; and
  • Special leadership opportunities within AASLD governance.
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