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A Message from the IIRTA President

  • Dear IIRTA colleagues,

    I hope the New Year is treating you well. I wanted to reflect a little on a few of the highlights of our work in 2023 and look forward to 2024 with some important news. Last year’s main event was, of course, CIRTA XVIII 2023 in Chicago, hosted by Alan Buchman and Enrico Benedetti.

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Held in the fantastic location of the Renaissance Hotel in the centre of Chicago there was an excellent scientific programme with many new and interesting speakers, enjoyed by all the delegates. Congratulations to all of the scientific award winners, it was great to hear new science with the convivial atmosphere and networking attesting to the supportive team that is the IIRTA. On behalf of the association, I would like to thank Alan, Enrico and all of the organizing committee for their hard work in creating this successful congress.

At the congress, we presented the first Nicolas Duchateau Young Investigator award to Carolyn Smullin from UCLA. Nicolas’ family were present and all were moved as we remembered Nicolas and celebrated future scientific work. You can donate to support future awards via our website at the following link:

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One highlight, which we will be taking forward to the next congress, was the Women in Transplantation event, with yet more excellent speakers, networking and even cocktails – thank you to Helen Evans for your work on this event.

Another highlight to take forward was the Living Legends session. It was fascinating and humbling to hear about remarkable figures from across transplantation, intestinal rehabilitation and basic science as we honoured David Grant, Olivier Goulet and Noriko Murase.

Last year our association added “International” to our name, fitting with our mission to improve the lives of patients with intestinal failure worldwide and maintain global leadership in the field. As we try to improve equity of access to resources for such patients, new Chapters of our association were inaugurated around the world. Something we hope will continue with vibrant Chapter activities. We also improved our web presence with our new domain

Looking forward to this year, I am delighted to announce that we have just created our own journal for which I would like to thank the IIRTA council and journal subgroup for their work, and Alan Buchman for pushing us forward to this achievement. We have appointed Douglas Farmer as Editor in Chief, Helen Evans as Deputy Editor, Simon Lal and Josh Weiner as Associate Editors. The board will develop and be appointed as we receive submissions.

Intestinal Failure (INTF): the Journal of the International Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association aims to be the premier peer-reviewed, open access publication in our field, providing a platform for the exchange of current research findings and dialogue of ideas in intestinal transplantation, rehabilitation and failure, as well as parenteral and enteral nutrition management and advances. It will publish original research, reviews, clinical guidelines, abstracts of the IIRTA biennial congress, videos, letters to the editor, and commentaries. It aims to serve all involved in the global nutrition and transplant community, including physicians, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health professionals, as well as clinical and basic scientists.

I encourage you all to submit your articles for consideration of publication and I wish Doug, Helen and the journal every success in 2024 and beyond.

Jonathan Hind
IIRTA President

Congratulations to our recent award winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Living Legends Recipients

International Intestinal Transplant Registry (IITR)

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International Intestinal Failure Registry (IIFR)

The IIFR aims to improve the lives of children with intestinal failure by creating a large international database that will serve as a reliable, contemporary repository to promote research, develop best practices, and guide evidence-based management in pediatric intestinal failure
Center benefits
  • Participation in a large international network to study pediatric intestinal failure
  • REDCap based electronic database for each participating center
  • Center report with registry benchmarks for specific outcomes and IF complications
  • Access to the registry data and research opportunities
  • Funding for large volume centers (>10 patients)
Inclusion criteria
  • Children younger than 18y with intestinal failure (≥ 60 days on PN)
  • Followed by intestinal rehabilitation program (defined as a minimal program staffing of a pediatric gastroenterologist, surgeon, dietitian and a nurse)

The IIFR is endorsed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)

The IIFR is supported by non-restricted and education grants by Takeda LTD and Stanford University & the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Call for Center Participation - To join the registry or for more information please contact Dr. Yaron Avitzur and Nilosa Selvakumaran


The Council of the International Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (IIRTA) would like to announce the approval of a new policy to promote the development of local chapters within the organization.

Start A Local Chapter Today!

IIRTA Survey - Outcomes for Abdominal Wall Closer in Transplant Patients

We encourage our members to take this multi-center survey to collect and analyze the world-wide practice and long-term outcome after (non-)vascularized fascia transplantation.

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As you will certainly know, non-vascularized rectus fascia (NVRF) transplantation was first described in 2009 (Gondolesi et al. Transplantation 2009;87:1884–8) as a novel technique to close the abdominal wall after solid organ transplantation. By using this technique, extensive abdominal wall repair was avoided and the technique is gaining interest worldwide. Later the vascularized fascia transplant was introduced as alternative (VRF).

So far, experience with (N)VRF transplantation is scarcely reported. At our transplant center in Leuven, Belgium, we performed our first case of NVRF transplant in September 2020. Dr. Nele Van De Winkel is an abdominal surgeon at our center who is specialized in abdominal wall surgery. Based on her specialty she developed a specific interest regarding (N)VRF and is currently working on a PhD thesis on this topic. She recently completed a systematic literature review, published in Transplantation Reviews (2021 Jun 4;35(4):100634). This review revealed that data on long-term outcome following NVRF regarding the strength and functionality of the abdominal wall is scarce.

Therefore we took the initiative for a multi-center survey on this topic to collect and analyze the world-wide practice and long-term outcome after (non-)vascularized fascia transplantation.

For this survey we have developed an excel sheet (1 excel file) and survey manual (PDF). We would be very grateful if you or one of your team members could have a look into this questionnaire and return your response directly to Nele ( (1 sheet for each individual case).

It would be worth considering to publish in the near future the results of this multicenter survey if we can collect a sufficient number of cases performed worldwide. Participating centers would of course be granted a co-authorship.

Many thanks for your help and support. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly in case you have any further questions on this email.

Best regards,
Laurens Ceulemans (transplant surgeon)
Nele Van De Winkel (abdominal surgeon and PhD student)

On behalf of the Leuven LIFT team

Learn Intestinal Failure TeleECHO Clinic (LIFT-ECHO)

Nicolas Duchateau Young Investigator Award

The International Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Association (IIRTA) has founded the Nicolas Duchateau Young Investigator Award to recognize a young scientist who has contributed to the field of intestinal failure or transplantation by sharing his or her research findings at the biennial IIRTA Conference.

The Transplant Infectious Disease Section (TID) has prepared a new update and guidance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) for transplant ID clinicians.



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