Professor Jin-Lin Hou is the Director and Professor of the Hepatology Unit and Department of Infectious Diseases, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, China. Previously, Professor Hou served as President of the Chinese Medical Association of Infectious Diseases, as well as President of APASL 2017. He has been invited to deliver talks at both national and international liver conferences owing to his expertise in viral hepatitis. His current research interests include the clinical management of viral hepatitis and the molecular virology and immunology of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) infection. Professor Hou has published more than 400 articles peer-reviewed journals, including Hepatology, Journal of Hepatology, GUT, Gastroenterology, NEJM, Lancet Infectious Diseases and Science, et al.