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07 - 09 June 2018

Leuven, Belgium

Prof. Agustín Albillos, Spain

Prof. Agustín Albillos (MD, PhD) is a clinical specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology working in Madrid, Spain. Agustín Albillos graduated from medical school at the University Autónoma of Madrid in 1982, and specialized in Gastroenterology at Clínica Puerta de Hierro of Madrid in 1986.

He did his postdoctoral training in portal hypertension in the laboratories of Prof. Bosch at the Hospital Clinic and of Prof. Groszmann at the University of Yale. He was appointed full professor of Medicine at the University of Alcalá in 2007, and head of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Hospital Ramón y Cajal of Madrid.

Agustín Albillos research is mainly focused on the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of chronic liver disease and complications of portal hypertension. His research experience ranges from translational (e.g. gut-liver axis and gut bacterial translocation) to clinical studies (e.g. therapy of portal hypertension). His research group belongs to the Spanish Network of Excellence on Liver and Digestive Diseases Research (CIBERHD). He is member of the Spanish Association for the Study of the Liver (AEEH), the Spanish Society of Digestive Diseases (SEPD), the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). He has acted as reviewer of journals, such as Journal of Hepatology and Hepalogy, and currently belongs to the editorial board of Hepatology.

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Prof. Andrea De Gottardi, Switzerland

Prof. Andrea De Gottardi is a consultant hepatologist at the Inselspital University Hospital in Berne, Switzerland. He studied human medicine at the University of Lausanne and Heidelberg and graduated in 1994. After a residency in internal medicine and a PhD in the University of Berne, he moved to Geneva, where he specialized in gastroenterology and hepatology under the direction of Professor Antoine Hadengue.

Later, as a recipient of a Sheila Sherlock post-doc award from the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), he joined the research group of the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona where he worked 2 years under the supervision of Professor Jaime Bosch, focussing on the complications of portal hypertension.

He is currently sharing his activity in the laboratory and in the hospital. With the support of the Swiss Science National Foundation he leads a research group working on the effects of the intestinal bacterial flora on portal pressure. As a clinician he coordinates a multicentre project on thrombotic disorders of the liver and participates as a co-investigator in several international studies. He serves as the secretary of the EASL-VALDIG (vascular liver disease group).His teaching activities include the supervision of doctoral students and courses at the medical school and in the master in biomedical sciences of the University of Berne. He is member of the editorial board and reviewer of several international scientific journals.

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Prof. Maria Rescigno, Italy

Prof. Maria Rescigno graduated in Biology in 1990 at the University of Milan. From 1991 to 1994 she worked at the University of Cambridge, UK, in the Department of Biochemistry, as a visiting scholar. From 1995 to 1999, she worked at the National Research Council of Milan where she received her PhD in Pharmacology and toxicology in 1999.

From 1999 to 2001 she worked at the University of Milano-Bicocca where she specialized in Applied Biotechnology. Since 2001 she is the director of the Dendritic cell biology and immunotherapy Unit at the Department of Experimental Oncology at the European Institute of oncology. She was the first to show that dendritic cells in the gut actively participate to bacterial uptake.

Her major field of interest is the development of new immunotherapy strategies to fight cancer. She authored more than 100 publications in high impact journals including Science, Nature Immunol, Immunity, J. Exp. Med., Science TM. She was nominated EMBO young investigator in 2007. Since 2008 she is visiting professor at the University of Oslo. In 2011 Maria Rescigno won the Avon prize as ‘Woman symbol of the city of Milan’ and was elected EMBO member. She has been the recipient of two ERC grants (starting and consolidator). From 2014 she is an associate professor at the University of Milan.

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