The most important milestones of BASL in a nutshell.
BASL is dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the pathobiology of liver diseases for the optimal care of patients.
Initiative of Dr Marc Hautekeete to install the “Belgian Association for the Study of the Liver”, consisting of 10 members from university and non-university hospitals, after FWO-FNRS funding for a national liver research group had been halted.
BASL logo was launched
December 11th 1996
First BASL “autumn” meeting dedicated to case discussions, moderated by Jean-Pierre Benhamou (Paris) and Valeer Desmet (KULeuven).
First Wintermeetings, locally organized by Frederik Nevens (1998) and Jean Henrion (1999).
BASL Spring meeting during the Belgian Week of Gastroenterology 1999: First Marc Hautekeete lecture by Jean Pierre Benhamou on Intermittent Cholestasis.
March 9th 2000
BASL officially installed
BASL was officially installed with the publication of the BASL statutes on March 9th 2000 in the Moniteur Belge/Belgisch Staatsblad. These were adapted in 2015.
First BASL guidelines on hepatitis C and hepatocellular carcinoma were launched and later published in the Acta Gastroenterologica Belgica.
BASL website launched
BASL is recognized as 6th Scientific Society of the Belgian Week of Gastroenterology
Reached 150 active BASL members
First BASL Liver Course
First BASL Liver Course on “bleeding in patients with portal hypertension”.
A record amount
A record amount of 106 250 euro was awarded for 12 research applications, 2 best papers and 1 best clinical case presentation at the BASL Wintermeeting.