The IPTA Nominations Committee is seeking qualified candidates to be considered for open Councilor and Officer positions beginning in May 2019.
All applications will be reviewed by the IPTA Nominations Committee, who will present a final slate of candidate Officers and Councilors to the IPTA membership for the 2019 election.
The IPTA Nominations Committee welcomes nominations and applications from anyone who has been an IPTA member in good standing for at least 1 year. Service to IPTA on committees or special activities relevant to the society is an asset.
The deadline for online submission of applications is September 30th, 2018.
The planning of the 10th Congress is well underway and we are thrilled with the list of speakers that have confirmed their participation! The Plenary and SOTA speakers are listed in the online preliminary program at ipta2019.org. International collaboration is an important part of the IPTA 2019 Congress. We have actively pursued opportunities to partner with other transplant and pediatric organizations across the world. It is important that we all work together as a community to advance the science and practice of pediatric transplantation. The Vancouver Congress will showcase collaborative sessions between IPTA and the following organizations: European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT); American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD); American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI); the International Society for Heart and lung Transplantation (ISHLT); American Society of Transplantation (AST); The Transplantation Society - International CMV Consensus Group; American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN); Canadian Blood Services (CBS); American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and more to come.
This newsletter’s literary highlights come from David M. Briscoe, MD. MRCP. Director, Transplant Research Program, Boston Children's Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA.
Summary: Collectively, these three studies add strong support for the use of urinary biomarker assays as a precision tool in pediatric renal transplant recipients to identify: a), stable patients, b) patients in whom a surveillance biopsy is indicated, and c), to follow up the efficacy of an intervention treatment. Clinical trials are needed to further validate these possibilities and determine if the routine use of urinary biomarkers will advance care and outcomes in pediatric patients.
Nominations will open for the IPTA 2019 Awards on October 8. The selected candidates will be presented with their awards at the 2019 IPTA 10th Congress on Pediatric Transplantation.
IPTA Members are encouraged to nominate a colleague for any of the three awards being offered:
Purpose: To recognize a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric transplantation over the course of their career.
YOUNG SCHOLARS CAREER DEVELOOPMENT AWARD
Purpose:To recognize junior investigators who show scholarly promise, encourage them in their careers in pediatric transplantation and provide assistance to attend the IPTA Scientific Congress.
DISTINGUISHED ALLIED HEALTH MEMBER
Purpose:To recognize an Allied Health Professional member who has rendered years of faithful service to the Society and/or who has made a significant contribution to pediatric transplantation.
Outreach Program Renewal and Launch: The IPTA is pleased to announce the renewal of its Outreach Program, established to support centers that seek to develop new solid organ transplant programs or to expand or enhance the quality of care in existing programs. The success of the Outreach Programs is enabled by enthusiastic participation of sponsoring programs, who will partner with applicant centers and can provide knowledge, expertise and education. Details regarding the Outreach Program guidelines and application process can be found HERE
Transplant Program Standards Development: In order to better understand requirements for establishing and supporting successful transplant programs, the IPTA Outreach Committee has developed a set of simple standards that may be used to evaluate transplant program needs. These standards are meant to support the development of best practices in centers seeking support by the IPTA Outreach Program, but may also serve as a reference for programs seeking their own program development. They are meant to be adaptable to the specific circumstances of transplant centers around the world. These standards are being launched in association with the Outreach Program Renewal, and are available for reference on the IPTA website. We anticipate that these standards will need to be further refined and the Outreach Committee is looking forward to active feedback and is committed to updating the standards with input from the IPTA member community.
On behalf of the IPTA Outreach Committee
Tom D. Blydt-Hansen, MDCM, FRCPC
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
Director, Multi-Organ Transplant Program, BC Children’s Hospital
Dear IPTA Colleagues,
The overarching goal of the Peer Mentoring initiative is to facilitate and improve the quality of publications being sent by our membership to transplant journals, especially Pediatric Transplantation. One means of achieving this goal is to assist our membership, especially junior faculty and faculty from emerging transplant communities, in manuscript preparation. This will allow for these members to have dialogue with those experienced in the publication process prior to final submission.
We are seeking interested individuals who would be willing to help out with this new initiative. Responsibilities would include providing reviewer style feedback to the mentee prior to manuscript submission, and being available for subsequent questions. All members, including non-physician members, are encouraged to participate.
If interested, please send your name, email, and any specific areas of research focus to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Peer Mentoring Workgroup, IPTA
Chesney Castleberry, Workgroup Leader
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