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EASL is an association dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in liver research and in the clinical practice of liver disorders. EASL is governed by a board of 11 experts: the Secretary General, Vice-Secretary, Treasurer, five Scientific Committee members, two Educational Councillors, and an EU Policy Councillor.



Prof. Tom Hemming Karlsen, MD, PhD, graduated from medical school at the University of Bergen in 1997. Within the Division of Cancer Medicine, Transplantation and Surgery at the Oslo University Hospital he is leader of the Norwegian PSC research center at the Department of Transplantation Medicine, as well as the Section of Molecular Hepatology at the Research Institute of Internal Medicine; altogether comprising three research groups (Experimental liver research, Genomics and metagenomics in inflammatory disorders, and a clinical research group).

Prof Frank Tacke


Frank Tacke, Professor of Medicine, MD, PhD, was originally educated at the medical school in Hannover, Germany, and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Later he stayed at University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, working on new gene therapy strategies (1998-1999) as well as for a post-doctoral research training (2004-2006) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, working on monocyte/macrophage and dendritic cell biology. Since 2006, he is a clinical physician and leader of a research laboratory at the University Hospital Aachen, Germany. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Critical Care Medicine.


Prof. Mauro Bernardi, MD, graduated in Medicine at the University of Bologna in 1972. He completed his residency in Gastroenterology and then Internal Medicine at the Universities of Bologna and Chieti from 1972 to 1978.


Grégoire Pavillon, joined the not-for-profit sector over 10 years ago when he started working for a professional congress organiser supervising their association management branch in Geneva. He started his professional career as a chef and completed a Bachelor and Masters Degree at the Ecole Hôtelière (Hotel Management School) in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Non-profit Management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

A natural team leader, Grégoire always manages to obtain the best of his team and knows how to create an innovative and positive working environment for his staff.

Grégoire is a member of the EASL Governing Board, Secretary at the Swiss Foundation against Liver Cancer, and is on the Board of the AC Forum.


Helena Cortez-Pinto (MD, PhD) graduated from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Lisbon, in 1981. Between 1985 and 1990, she did her internship in Gastroenterology in the University Hospital of Santa Maria.

In 1998, she did a research fellowship during 6 months, on Anna Mae Diehl Lab, in Johns Hopkins University, investigating in the area of Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In 2000, she presented her PhD entitled “Steatosis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Clinical aspects and pathogenic mechanisms”.

She is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon, since 2008. Her activity includes teaching medical students, coordination of a master degree in Clinical Nutrition, and of a discipline of Dietetics and Nutrition. She is also responsible for the coordination of a section of the Gastroenterology Department of the University Hospital of Santa Maria.