The European Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (EHPBA) was founded in 1999 as the European regional association of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary association (IHPBA). In 2002 the association expanded to countries of the Middle East and Africa (European-African Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association-E-AHPBA). Currently, the association counts more than 400 active members from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Our region also includes "national" chapters that represent memberships from different countries including: Egypt, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey and United Kingdom.
The primary mission of the Association is to be the prime interdisciplinary organization for HPB-surgical science and scholarship in our region and to provide an international forum for presenting the developing state of the art and science of HPB-surgery. This mission is currently accomplished by conducting a biennial scientific meeting (alternating with the IHPBA World congress), and other annual events such as consensus conferences and workshops. The E-AHPBA may also support educative and scientific activities from their members. The next biennial E-AHPBA Congress will be held in Manchester, UK in April 2015.
The official journal of E-AHPBA is HPB. We own this Journal along with the AHPBA (American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary association) and the IHPBA. We are proud that, after being indexed in the Pub Med system, our journal entered the world of “impact factor” reaching quickly the 2012 IF of 1.939.The E-AHPBA also regularly publishes newsletters to keep our members up to date about activities held by the association. The E-AHPBA is a paper free association, and therefore, platforms for communication are emails and our website. This website will secure timely and optimal diffusion of information among all E-AHPBA members.
The E-AHPBA moved to a new area with professionalisation and a new name European – African HPBA to better highlight the geographical coverage of the association. For more information, please see: April 2012 Newsletter.
The E-AHPBA is moving forward in playing a major role in its field in the development of E-AHPBA worldwide, and must serve as a friendly and efficient platform to share ideas, scientific information, studies and, hopefully trainees. Friendship and a desire to learn from each other in an international and interdisciplinary world should be the sole spirit in our association. Let's give E-AHPBA a new impulse.