Professor Jinlin Hou is the Director and Professor of the Hepatology Unit and Department of Infectious Diseases, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China. Professor Hou is the president of APASL 2017 and the president of Chinese Medical Association of Infectious Diseases（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 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. His current research interests include the clinical management of liver and Infectious Diseases and the molecular virology and immunology of hepatitis virus infection. He has published more than 500 articles in both national and international journals, including GUT, Hepatology, Journal of Immunology,Journal of Hepatology, Science，LANCET Infect Dis, NEJM et al.