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International Hepatitis-E Symposium

Due to current developments concerning the Coronavirus-Pandemic the Hepatitis E Symposium 2020 will be rescheduled to the 20th - 22nd August 2020. (We hope that the situation will allow us to host the event in August.)

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, a previously neglected infectious disease, came into the focus of scientists just in the last decade. Initially associated with large outbreaks in countries with limited resources, latest studies have proven that HEV infection can also be acquired autochthonously in industrialized regions. Today, HEV is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis worldwide. Public health authorities likewise register a dramatic increase of reported cases. Nevertheless, we are still at the beginning of understanding the burden of HEV infections and, no less important, its pathophysiology. We have learned in recent years that HEV can take different transmission routes depending on the genotype by either fecal/oral (HEV-1 or HEV-2) or zoonotic transmission (HEV-3 and HEV-4); however, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We have learned that HEV infection will cause not only acute hepatitis E but also can develop to chronic courses in immunocompromised individuals. Furthermore, extrahepatic manifestations are more commonly reported. Again, the mechanisms responsible for the variety of the clinical manifestations of HEV infections are still poorly characterized. Prevention and treatment options to combat HEV are a challenge since an effective vaccine is still in a queue and the off-label use of ribavirin has its limits. Beside these open questions, more and more emerging data help us to understand HEV infection including its pathophysiology, epidemiology and clinical manifestation. Apparently, multidisciplinary efforts are needed to characterize in detail the impact of HEV on Global Health, One Health, Personalized Health/Clinics and Virology.

We think it‘s time again to exchange new data and discuss recent findings on HEV infection at the “International Hepatitis E symposium 2020” in Berlin. Berlin is the pulsing capital of Germany not only for the young and the young at heart with uncountable bars, pubs and clubs but also for the culture enthusiasts with border-crossing theaters, operas, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and museums including the nearby open-air wall museum. Especially in spring and the merry month of May Berlin is a wonderful city to enjoy the atmosphere in one of the many sidewalk cafés or numerous parks and green spaces.   

On behalf of the Organizing Team we invite you to join us in Berlin at the “International Hepatitis E Symposium” in May 2020!

Thomas Bock & Heiner Wedemeyer



28 May – 30 May 2020



Luisenstraße 58/59
10117 Berlin (Mitte)


Registration Fees

Regular Fee: early bird 190 € late // (on-site) 240 € (Dinner Workshop on Friday at the Muesum für Naturkunde 90 €/person)
Students: Free (please show student ID card at registration desk; Dinner Workshop on Friday at the Muesum für Naturkunde 45 €/person)


CME Credits (Fortbildungsanerkennung):

The event will be recognised with ATF credits by the “Bundestierärztekammer” as a training event for veterinarians.
The event will be recognised with CME credits by the “Ärztekammer Berlin” as a training event for human physicians .
Applications for accreditations (CME, AFT) are submitted.

Further Information and registration at:
Online: www.rki.de/SharedDocs/Termine/EN/meetings/HepE_Symposium_2020.html