Uvodna riječ (engl.)

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is our great pleasure to welcoming you to the 6th Adriatic Liver Forum (ALF) conference. Following great success achieved by the previous five ALF conferences in Zagreb, thanks to great support of domestic and foreign speakers and attendees from Croatia, wider Adriatic and Central European region, as well as from distant European centres of excellence, our intention was to move across the region in order to come closer to the people working with the patients with liver diseases, and initially chosen destination was beautiful and ancient town of Split at the Adriatic coast. However, the development of epidemiological situation has forced us to organize on-line meeting, in line with the practice of almost all similar events. Still, we keep the organisational structure as previously planned, so the organizers of this year conference are Croatian society of gastroenterology, University of Split School of medicine and University hospital centre Split.

The main topic of this ALF conference will be Cirrhosis and portal hypertension: from guidelines to the individualised approach. This subject was selected for several reasons. First, we are witnessing increase in the incidence of liver cirrhosis and its complications, with portal hypertension being the main driving force for the most prominent clinical complications and prognosis to these patients. Considering the fact that from the last Baveno VI conference in 2015 important scientific facts have emerged establishing thus a ground for more precise and individualised approach we have decided to put forward this everlasting topic in hepatology. The aims of ALF conference are to bring the state-of-the art knowledge and leading experts to the practicing hepatologists in this part of Europe, to improve their knowledge and the way of practice, as well as to establish connections and collaboration among local and international network of hepatologists. ALF 2020 conference comes in the dawn of Baveno VII, the most important international meeting on portal hypertension to set the future guidelines on this topic, and we are especially proud to have among the ALF 2020 Faculty some of the leading experts that will take decisive role at the upcoming Baveno meeting.

Our special thanks go to the organisations that have endorsed this conference: European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and Croatian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology of the Croatian Medical Association. We are grateful to all the sponsors for recognising the importance of this topic and for giving their support to make this conference possible.

Best regards,

Ivica Grgurevic and Zeljko Puljiz,