Mentorship program

The Mentorship Programme, launched in November 2012, was created as a means of enhancing scientific exchange and personal developmental relationships in which a more experienced and knowledgeable hepatologist would guide a young investigator through a crucial stage of their career path.

The Mentorship entails informal face-to-face communication during a sustained period of time, between the mentor (who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge in the field of hepatology) and the mentee (who is perceived to have less experience). The programme is not simply about answering ad hoc questions or providing occasional help: it is about establishing an ongoing relationship (continuous learning, dialogue, and challenge).

Mentoring is a process that involves communication and is relationship based, it is a process enabling the informal transmission of knowledge and a means of support for the mentee that is relevant to work, career, and professional development.

Mentorship Applications is
open from October 30 - November 30

2014/2015 MENTORS

Prof. Michael P. Manns, MD

Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology at the Medical School of Hannover in Germany.

Prof Manns attended medical schools at the University of Vienna in Austria and the University of Mainz in Germany.

He received his postgraduate training at the Free University of Berlin in Germany and the University of Mainz, where he became Professor of Medicine in 1986. Prof Manns was a Research Associate at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, USA, from 1987-1988. He has a long-term research interest in liver diseases with a main focus on viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver transplantation, regenerative medicine, and cell therapy.

He is Founder and Chairman of Hep-Net, a national network of competence on viral hepatitis, and the German Liver Foundation. He was President of the German Society of Gastroenterology in 2006, President of the German Association for the Study of the Liver (GASL) in 2013, the German Society of Internal Medicine for 2013/4 and is President Elect of United European Gastroenterology (UEG). Prof. Manns has received numerous awards, including the International Hans Popper Award in 1995 and the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) Recognition Award in 2007.

His areas of expertise include Inflammatory liver diseases, viral hepatitis and autoimmune liver diseases; Autoimmune hepatitis, Primary bilary cirrhosis and Primary sclerosing cholangitis. Clinical trials for the treatment of liver diseases, in particular viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver diseases, liver transplantation. Liver transplantation and regenerative medicine. Hepatocellular carcinoma.

Prof. Dominique-Charles Valla

Professor of hepatology at Université Paris Diderot and Hôpital Beaujon (APHP, Clichy).

Dominique Valla was trained in Paris (Hôpital Saint Antoine, Jacques Caroli), Montréal, Quebec, (Hôpital Saint Luc, André Viallet and Michel Huet) and Clichy (Hôpital Beaujon, Jean-Pierre Benhamou).

He was head of liver unit, Hôpital Beaujon from 1999-2013. He has founded and is directing the national reference center for vascular diseases of the liver. He is the coordinator of Département hospitalo-universitaire (DHU) UNITY, devoted to the unmet needs in liver and digestive diseases. DHU UNITY was founded in 2013 as a network of the Groupe Hospitalier Paris Nord-Val de Seine, Pole d'Enseignement et de Recherche Sorbonne Paris-Cité, and Inserm U1149 (Centre de Recherche de l'Inflammation Paris-Montmartre).

His clinical activities are focused on rare liver diseases in general. He is involved in clinical research on portal hypertension, complications of chronic liver diseases, and vascular liver diseases.

Rules & conditions

EASL offers 2 mentorships per year.

The mentor/mentee relationship is to be based around a specific objective (e.g. launching a research project, acquiring new clinical skills or getting some data into publication...)

EASL will pay for 1 visit up to two weeks (flight & university / 3* accommodation) for the mentee to visit the mentor. EASL will also pay for the mentor and mentee to attend The International Liver Congress™ in April (flight, accommodation & registration) where they can meet and present their collaboration to EASL delegates. (Other meetings can be arranged as required but at the mentor's and mentee's own expense).

Duration of each programme: 12 months - no renewal is possible.

Mentees will be entitled to collaborate with one of the above stated mentors depending on their specialty area and field of interest. Only 1 mentor per mentee and vice versa.

Conditions for Mentees

  • Mentees should be under the age of 35 at time of application and/or still in training.
  • Applicant must be a registered EASL member.
  • Applicant must not hold a permanent position.
  • Home institution must be European and located in a different European country from the mentor's institution.
  • No restriction on the applicant's nationality.
  • Both mentees and mentors will be notified by 30 December.
  • The mentors and mentees will be requested to attend ILC 2015, April 22-26, 2015, in Vienna, Austria. Both parties will take part in the young investigators' Forum.


  • All applications will be reviewed by the scientific committee and then sent for approval to the mentors
  • Mentorships to begin (at the latest) by January of the following year
  • The mentor-mentee relationship should last for 1 year. Extended programmes cannot be requested or accepted
  • All applications to be received in English

How to apply

Please complete the online application - link to be providede shortly. You will need to upload:

  • your personal details - Complete CV
  • a letter detailing the interest in the mentorship programme and stating the objective which the mentee would like to achieve
  • a letter of recommendation from a former or current supervisor

Questions regarding the Mentorship application process should be sent to

Previous Mentors-Mentees

Year Mentor Mentee

Massimo G. Colombo, Professor of Gastroenterology, University of Milan, Italy.

Diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and liver cancer.

Bulent Baran,



Jaime Bosch, Professor of Medicine and Senior Consultant Hepatologist, IMD, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain, and Director of the CIBERehd, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad.

Pathophysiology and treatment of portal hypertension.

Bogdan Procopet,



Peter Ferenci, Vienna, Austria.

Chronic Viral Hepatitis, Inherited Liver Diseases, Hepatic Encephalopathy

Natalia TikhonovaNatalia Tikhonova,

Moscow, Russia


Peter LM Jansen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Cholestatic and Metabolic Liver Disease

Alina Habic,

Cluj, Romania


Mentorship guidelines (223.5 kb)
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