Rela Institute and Medical Centre
Liver Transplantation Society Of India
National Foundation for Liver Research
Institute of Liver Disease and Transplantation

Message from the Course Director

Dear Colleague,

It is a matter of great pleasure for me to introduce the 10th edition of the Master Class in Liver Disease series. This latest edition is planned as a three-day program on the 28th, 29th February and 1st March 2020 in Chennai, India. This meeting is being organized jointly in association with the Liver Transplant Society of India (LTSI), the pan-Indian organisation for liver transplant professionals.

The MCLD series was started in Chennai, India in 2009 as a way to teach and discuss current & relevant topics in liver disease in India & the Asian subcontinent. Over the last 10 years it has transformed into one of the most eagerly awaited annual academic gatherings for both experts and trainees in the field of hepatology and liver transplantation.

The title for the 10th edition is 'Transcending Barriers in Living Donor Liver Transplantation'. The success of Living Donor liver transplantation has transformed and challenged long established practices in the field of Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation. During this edition, we hope to discuss and debate a wide range of challenges in current LDLT practice including ‘too-sick to transplant’ recipients, controversial indications, marginal live liver donors, and challenging postoperative situations. The first two days are planned as multi-disciplinary sessions and will concentrate on the evaluation and optimisation of recipients and the peri-operative care of donors & recipients. The last day is organized as four parallel sessions catering to the interests of adult & pediatric hepatologists, anesthesia-intensive care specialists and radiologist surgeons. As always, the faculty for the meeting includes a galaxy of world-renowned experts from India & abroad.

For the first time in MCLD, we are hosting a LTSI Consensus meeting on the management of Acute liver failure after yellow phosphorous poisoning (rat killer poisoning). This is fast becoming a major health care problem in Southern India, and there are no guidelines to help clinicians. A Multidisciplinary multi-centre expert panel consisting of hepatologists, intensivists and surgeons is currently preparing draft guidelines for the management of these patients. This draft document will be discussed on the third day afternoon and finalised for wide distribution. I would like to invite clinicians involved in the care of these patients to attend the meeting and help us in developing this important document.

Over the years, MCLD has become as well known for its culinary delights and hospitality as for its scientific content. The ITC Grand Chola in Central Chennai is once again the venue of the 2020 meeting and we hope you will be able to join us there- to discuss, debate & learn in a relaxed atmosphere!

Kind regards,
Mohamed Rela

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