Our goal is to provide excellent physical and emotional health for all people with intestinal failure through rehabilitation and transplantation.

President's Message

Dear Colleagues, The pandemic continues, and while the vaccines offer a light at the end of the tunnel, this will not come soon enough for us all to attend the biennial Congress of the IRTA in person this year. Instead the meeting will be held virtually (with only guests from New Zealand attending in person).

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Although most of us will miss out on a visit to the beautiful city of Auckland this year, the team led by Helen Evans and Amin Roberts has organized a wonderful program with over 30 invited international speakers. 181 abstracts were submitted for the meeting and review of these has been completed with notifications to authors in the very near future. The presentations will be timed in either the early morning or evening in New Zealand to be accessible to most members around the globe. I encourage all IRTA members and any of your colleagues interested in intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation to register for this virtual meeting to not only update your knowledge but also to interact with colleagues from around the world. Please visit the meeting website at Cirta2021.co.nz to view the program details and to register. One excellent feature allows you to click on the time of the session you are interested in and it will take you to a new page which will give you the exact time of the session in your part of the world.

As you may recall, the international intestine transplant registry moved from Takeda to be housed on the TTS servers and thanks goes to Roberto Colarusso, Director of Technologies at TTS for facilitating the transfer of data. The Intestinal Failure Registry was launched in January with more than 40 worldwide intestinal rehabilitation programs expressing interest in submitting data. The IRTA would like to acknowledge and thank both Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Stanford Intestinal Rehabilitation & Nutrition Support for their generous financial support of our Registries.

The work of the various IRTA committees continues unabated. The AHP committee are planning more webinars following the great success of their webinar series and joint symposium with PIFRS last year. The newly constituted Membership and Education committee led by Laurens Ceulemans had their first committee meeting this month and we look forward to increased educational offerings from IRTA to the membership. Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on association business over this past year and I look forward to seeing everyone, at least virtually, at CIRTA 2021 (June 30th- July 2nd)

Simon Horslen
IRTA President

Simon Horslen


International Intestinal Failure Registry - Call for Center Participation

The Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (IRTA) is proud to announce the launch of the International Intestinal Failure Registry (IFR) following a successful pilot phase.

Join a growing community of intestinal rehabilitation programs from around the world to promote intestinal failure research and management

The IFR 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)

To join the registry or for more information please contact Dr. Yaron Avitzur and Ms. Victoria Srbely ifr@intestinalregistry.org

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

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

Videos Now Available

presented on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
by The Allied Health Providers Committee of IRTA and the PIFR Symposium


Open to all Healtcare professionals!

We have partnered with our fellow TTS Section, SPLIT, to develop a listserv to help track and address both COVID 19 related queries as well as general discussions related to the care of hepatology, pre- and post-liver and intestinal transplant patients.

IRTA Members now have access to Intestinal related videos from TTS 2020

Recordings from CIRTA 2019 Paris

Learn Intestinal Failure TeleECHO Clinic (LIFT-ECHO)

New! The Transplantation Society has launched a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard to monitor the progression and news from around the world.
Our Transplant Infectious Disease Section (TID) has prepared an update and guidance on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) for transplant ID clinicians.



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