Dear ILCA Community,

Due to the rapidly evolving situation in Hong Kong, an executive decision has been made to postpone the ILCA school which was due to take place between the 16-17 of November 2019. This decision is made with the best interest and safety of attendees in mind. 

As ever we appreciate your support. The revised dates for ILCA school will be announced at a later time. Participants are already in contact with the university in regards to reimbursements and we hope that this can be a smooth and efficient process.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Warm regards,

The theme of the ILCA School 2019 is Primary Liver Cancer: Learn from the Past, Prepare for the Future.

Learning objectives

Who should attend?

Fellows in gastroenterology and hepatology training programmes, junior faculty, basic/translational researchers and experienced clinicians with a desire to become more involved in liver cancer investigation and care.

Dear colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the International Liver Cancer Association (ILCA), we thank you for your support of the ILCA School of Liver Cancer, which will be held in Hong Kong on 16 and 17 November 2019. As of today, the event have already received over 100 registrations. We are aware of concerns expressed by some of attendees over the recent protests in Hong Kong. Hence, we are writing this letter to provide information and updated management about the event.

  1. Operation of airport: Since 13 August 2019, the airport authority has taken additional measures to prevent protests from interfering the daily operations. In particular, only passengers with valid tickets or boarding passes are allowed to enter the airport, which is an extremely effective measure.
  2. Traffic arrangement: While public transport is in operation most of the time, we recommend you taking taxi from the airport to your residing hotel to minimize disturbance in case of protest events in downtown. If you stay at the Hyatt Regency Shatin Hotel, the taxi fare is approximately HKD 300 (~USD 40) from the airport and the travel time is around 45 minutes. If you find any problems to get to your residing hotel, you can contact us on whatsapp or phone (will be available from 15 November to 17 November, and the contact number will be provided later). We will help you to arrange the airport transfers on that day.
  3. Safety of venue: The event will take place in the campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, which is a private area. To get access to the venue from the Hyatt Regency Shatin Hotel, we have arranged shuttle service in the morning and at the end of the event on both 16 and 17 November 2019. You can also choose to take a leisure walk from the hotel to the venue (distance 650meters and 8-minute according to Google maps: 
  4. Dinning arrangement: Hong Kong is famous for its delicacy and we understood some of you are worried that dining options may be limited during the event. To make sure that our participants are well treated, we will provide both on-site buffet lunch on 16 November and arrange a Gala Dinner at the Shatin18 restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Shatin Hotel, which is famed by its Dongguan cuisine form China and Peking ducks ( Our conference secretariat will later email each registered overseas participant about the detailed arrangement.

Your safety and experiences are always our top priority. We hope the above information and arrangement would have reassured your travel to attend the event. The ILCA School of Liver Cancer is the first time to be held in the Asia, and a wide spectrum of timely topics of liver cancers will be discussed in the meeting. On behalf of organizing committee, We look forward to seeing and interacting with every-one of you in the meeting. If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact our conference secretariat, Miss Iris Law, at


Yours sincerely,

Stephen L. Chan

Department of Clinical Oncology

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The ILCA School of Liver Cancer 2019 is an initiative organised thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer Healthcare.

Saturday, 16 November
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome Remarks and Ceremony
Session 1 – Bench to Clinic: Clinical Sciences of HCC
Chairs: Nathalie Wong (Hong Kong) and Kevin NG (Hong Kong)
09:10 – 09:35 Microbiome and Liver Cancer
Sunny Wong (Hong Kong)
09:35 – 10:00 Circulating Nucleic Acid: Ready for Clinical Use?
Allen K.C. Chan (Hong Kong)
10:00 – 10:25 The ABC of Immunology in Liver Cancer
Chiun Hsu (Taiwan)
10:25 – 10:45 Coffee Break
Session 2 – Biomarker and Clinical Tools for Applications in HCC 
Chairs: Charing C.N. Chong (Hong Kong) and Allen K.C. Chan (Hong Kong)
10:45 – 11:10 Clinical Models for Risk Stratification of Recurrence after Hepatectomy
Hui Chuan Sun (People’s Republic of China)
11:10 – 11:35 Patient-Derived Organoid Culture Model for Drug Screening in HCC
Nathalie Wong (Hong Kong)
11:35 – 12:00 Transition from TACE to Systemic Therapy: Do we Have Any Clinical Tools/Data?
Sadahisa Ogasawara (Japan)
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 3 – Advances in Clinical Management of HCC
Chairs: Stephen L. Chan (Hong Kong) and Tan-To Cheung (Hong Kong)
13:30 – 13:55 How Far can a Surgeon Go in the Management of Liver Cancer?
Chung-Mau Lo (Hong Kong)
13:55 – 14:20 Different Formulations of TACE: What a Non-Radiologist Doctor should Know?
Simon C.H. Yu (Hong Kong)
14:20 – 14:45 TKI for HCC: Who, When, How
Stephen L. Chan (Hong Kong) 
14:45 – 15:10 Update on Immunotherapy for HCC
Ghassan Abou-Alfa (USA)
15:10 – 15:35 What is the Role of SIRT-90 after SIRveNIB and SARAH?
Pierce Chow (Singapore)
15:35 – 15:50 Coffee Break
Session 4 – Multi-Disciplinary Tumour Board
Surgeons: Pierce Chow (Singapore) and Tan-To Cheung (Hong Kong)
Radiologist: Simon C.H. Yu (Hong Kong)
Oncologists: Stephen L. Chan (Hong Kong) and Ghassan Abou-Alfa (USA)
Hepatologists: Sadahisa Ogasawara (Japan), Grace Wong (Hong Kong), HSU Chiun (Taiwan) and Changhoon Yoo (South Korea)
15:50 – 16:10 Case 1: Downstaging of HCC
Pierce Chow (Singapore)
16:10 – 16:30 Case 2: Management of Auto-Immune Hepatitis Due to Checkpoint Inhibitors
Yeonghak Bang (South Korea)
16:30 – 16:50 Case 3: Management of Locally Advanced HCC in China
Ming Kuang (People’s Republic of China)
16:50 – 17:10 Case 4: Aggressive Management of Metastatic HCC with Combinational Treatment
Stephen L. Chan (Hong Kong)
Sunday, 17 November
08:00 – 08:30 Registration
Session 5 – Tumour Heterogeneity of HCC
Chairs: Anthony W.H. Chan (Hong Kong) and Thomas Yau (Hong Kong)
08:30 – 08:55 HCC Immune Microenvironment: Impact on Immunotherapy  
Alfred S.L. Cheng (Hong Kong) 
08:55 – 09:20 The Biochemical Basis for Molecular PET imaging of Liver Tumors 
Garrett Ho (Hong Kong)
09:20 – 09:45 Histological Heterogeneity
Anthony WH Chan (Hong Kong)
9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
Session 6 – When Tumour is not the Target: Viral Hepatitis, NAFLD and Cirrhosis
Chairs: Henry Chan (Hong Kong) and Grace Wong (Hong Kong)
10:00 – 10:25 DAA for HCV: before, during or after Treatment with HCC
George Lau (Hong Kong)
10:25 – 10:50 HBV and HCC: the Latest Perspective at 2020  
Grace Wong (Hong Kong)
10:50 – 11:15 Should we Conduct Surveillance of HCC in Patients with NAFLD?
Vincent W.S. Wong (Hong Kong)
Session 7 – Updates on the Management of Cholangiocarcinoma
Chairs: Changhoon Yoo (South Korea) and Tiffany Wong (Hong Kong)
11:15 – 11:40 Adjuvant Treatment for Resected Cholangiocarcinoma: Latest Evidences 
Yoo Changhoon (South Korea)
11:40 – 11:40 Surgical Management for Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
Charing C.N. Chong (Hong Kong)
12:05 – 12:15 Closing Remarks

Registration for the ILCA School of Liver Cancer 2019 in Hong Kong is now open!

Please fill in the Payment Form if you choose to pay via credit card and return it to Miss Iris Law at

* An accompanying letter confirming the status from the Supervisor is needed.
** Please note that participants who have not paid their membership dues for 2019 will not be granted the reduced registration fee. To apply for or renew your membership, please visit the membership section on ILCA website

Your registration to the ILCA School includes the following:

  • Entrance to all lectures and sessions
  • All coffee breaks and lunches scheduled on 16–17 November 2019
  • Printed educational hand-outs

Cancellation Policy

There will be no refund on cancellation after registration.


Please contact Miss Iris Law at for any questions about registration.


The venue of the ILCA School of Liver Cancer 2019 is the Yasumoto International Academic Park, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, HKSAR, China.

Venue Address

CMA Lecture Theatre (LT2), G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, HKSAR, China.

Click here to find the directions.

How to Get There

From Hong Kong International Airport

The Hong Kong International Airport is located on Lantau Island to the west of Hong Kong Island, and connected to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) by Mass Transit Railway (MTR), taxi and bus.

  • By taxi
    Urban (red) taxis take approximately 45 minutes to reach CUHK, and costing about HK$350.
    More information
  • By Airport Bus and MTR Train
    Airport Buses A41 (operated from 05.35 – 00.00) and E42 (operated from 05.30 – 00.00) take approximately 65 minutes to reach Shatin, and costing about HK$22.3 and HK$13.9 respectively. Please get off at Shatin Central Bus Terminus (Shatin New Town Plaza). At Shatin, either take Urban (red) taxis (take approximately 10 minutes to reach CUHK, and costing about HK$65) or MTR train (take approximately 8 minutes to reach CUHK (the University Station), and costing about $4.5; not recommended if you have bulky luggage).
    More information

From Shenzhen International Airport

After passing through the Immigration Control Point at Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau, take the MTR East Rail Line at Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau Station and exit at University Station (CUHK). It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach CUHK, and costing about HK$29. More information


Please find below a list of suggested hotels located close to the venue.

Please note that ILCA has not blocked any rooms at a preferred rate for these hotels. Therefore, we recommend booking early to ensure availability. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

Visa Information

Upon arrival in Hong Kong, foreign citizens must hold a valid passport with at least six months validity. Nationals of over 160 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. To check whether you need a visa or entry permit to enter Hong Kong for a visit, please visit the Immigration Department website.

Bad Weather Arrangement

Morning session will be cancelled if typhoon signal no.8 or above or black rain signal remains hoisted at 7:00am or the HK Observatory announces that typhoon no. 8 or black rain signal will be hoisted at/after 7:00am.

Afternoon session will be cancelled if typhoon signal no.8 or above or black rain signal remains hoisted at 12:00 noon or the HK Observatory announces that typhoon no. 8 or black rain signal will be hoisted at/after 12:00 noon.

To see the latest weather reports, please visit the Hong Kong Observatory.