Foreword

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is my pleasure to invite you to the 7th Adriatic Liver Forum (ALF 2021) to be held in Zagreb on 3rd December 2021. The organizers of this ALF conference are Croatian Society of Gastroenterology and University hospital Dubrava, Zagreb. This year the scientific topic is wider than usually as the result of ongoing challenges due to COVID-19 pandemics, and we also wanted to bring the most important highlights from the most recent Baveno VII consensus meeting on portal hypertension. These two topics will be accompanied by the sessions dedicated to prevention and prediction in hepatology which have been put forward by the current epidemiological situation as well. Therefore, we believe that the title of this year ALF "Burning issues in hepatology 2021" reliably describes the aims of this conference. In extension of ALF conference Ultrasound course for hepatologists will be organized on 4th December 2021. This course intends to provide practical overview of different ultrasound methods used in diagnostic work-up of liver patients, from basic B-mode ultrasound to Doppler, contrast-enhanced ultrasound, and liver elastography. The course is open for all gastroenterologists and hepatologists who are interested in liver ultrasound, especially to fellows and young doctors who will be able to practice ultrasound during the hands-on course.

We are proud to announce the distinguished international faculty, with many leading hepatologists from the most prestigious centres across Europe. Their dedication and support make ALF attractive and important point to exchange opinions and ideas as well as to improve collaboration among the individuals and their centres. We appreciate contribution of the medical industry and their commitment in supporting educative activities in this field, in spite of challenging circumstances for all stakeholders in the healthcare process. Due to current epidemiological situation, both ALF and ultrasound course will be organized in hybrid form, in line with the precautions to avoid potential transmission of infection, while maintaining dedicated to the necessary educational activities. In keeping with this only the Faculty members will meet in-live at the conference venue, whereas other participants are invited to join on-line. Only hands-on session of the US course will be available in live for the limited number of participants, under strict epidemiological preventive measures.

On behalf of the organizing committee I cordially welcome you to the 7th ALF conference!


With kind regards,

Professor Ivica Grgurevic, MD, PhD, FEBGH, FRCP (Lon) 

President of ALF 2021 Organizing Committee