Professor Jinlin Hou, MD is the Chairman and Professor of the Hepatology Unit and Department of Infectious Diseases, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University. Professor Hou was the president of APASL from 2016-2017 and the immediate past president of Chinese Medical Association of Infectious Diseases from 2013-2016. Professor Hou joined the University Department of Medicine of Nanfang Hospital in July 1984. Between 1993 and 1994,he received training in the Department of Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, UK. Between 2000 and 2001,Professor Hou was a senior visiting Fellow at the Institute of Hepatology, London, UK. He has been invited to deliver talks at both national and international liver conferences owing to his expertise in viral hepatitis and other liver diseases. He has published morethan 300 articles in both national and international journals, including Lancet Infectious Diseases, GUT, Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, Science et al.