Dear respected members of the
Korean Liver Cancer Association (KLCA) :
Over the last two decades, KLCA has grown into a leading force in promoting research in liver cancer-related disciplines, thereby providing a platform for the exchange of knowledge and information and suggesting scientific evidence and guidelines needed to overcome liver cancer with the aim of contributing toward public health. Since founded by clinical, research, and academic professionals involved in liver cancer treatment in 1999, KLCA, for the first 10 years, laid the foundation of growth by publishing general rules for the study of primary liver cancer and by establishing clinical practice guidelines for hepatocellular carcinoma as well as a homepage for cancer registry (liver cancer). It actively expanded its presence at home and abroad for the next 10 years to reach its current stage by accommodating the needs of its members. Meanwhile, we published Journal of Liver Cancer in English; initiated the Day of Liver Cancer, KLCA international fellowship, and a liver cancer school; and promoted many other activities.
Dear members :
We kicked off this year for another 10 years, and I, despite my humble capacity, was given the responsibility to chair the KLCA. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the members for giving me such an opportunity. With newly appointed executives, I will focus on the following areas to boost the role of KLCA in its 21th year. First, we will further strengthen the multidisciplinary cooperation that serves as the basis of the foundation and the main identity of KLCA. For this aim, the Single Topic Conference, one of the most popular programs we offer will be reinforced, and other various programs will be developed to increase cooperation and exchange among multidisciplinary teams. Second, we will put more effort in identifying and supporting young researchers with potentials to drive future liver cancer treatment and related research and education. Accordingly, we will provide a separate T/O for young researchers when selecting research awards and participants of international conferences, seek further development of the liver cancer school as a practical platform for customized education, and establish mid- and long-term research infrastructure. Third, the pace of globalization will also be increased in KLCA. We will continuously expand out-bound programs by increasing participants in international conferences and cooperation with our peer associations in other countries and by holding joint conferences with them. Inbound programs including KLCA international fellowship will be also refined and expanded
To realize these objectives, all of us need to join forces for cooperation. I always welcome advice from KLCA members. Finally, I wish all the best to each of you, your family, and your institution.
July 1, 2019
Professor, Jin Wook Chung,
President of the Korean Liver Cancer Association