Hugo Cheinquer is Professor of Hepatology at Hospital de Clinicas of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He graduated in medicine at Porto Alegre in 1985 and received further hepatology training in the University of Miami, FL on the early 1990’s. He completed his PhD in 1996, based on work related to the pathogenesis of liver damage in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Professor Cheinquer’s main areas of research include the management of chronic viral hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. He has participated in many clinical trials on different aspects of chronic viral diseases of the liver, including mechanisms of liver injury, disease evolution, non-invasive fibrosis markers and new therapies for both hepatitis B and C. He coordinates a large outpatient clinicin Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, which receives patients with chronic viral hepatitis from the whole region of Southern Brazil. He also has a long standing partnership with Simbios biotechnology, a local molecular biology laboratory, investigating several aspects of hepatitis B and C genetics, replication, liver cell damage mechanisms and polymorphisms associated with virologic response to antiviral therapy. He is past President of AGEF, the Hepatology Association of Southern Brazil, and current Secretary of SBH, the Brazilian Hepatology Association. He is on the Editorial Board of Annals of Hepatology, the official journal of the Latin-American association for the Study of the Liver and has many publications in peer reviewed journals, mainly related to topics on the field of chronic viral liver diseases.