Harvard Medical School,
Dr. Vijay Gorantla, ISVCA President 2019-2021, and Dr. Martin Iglesias from Mexico, served as the Congress Chairs. The 15th Biennial Meeting heralded the term of the incoming President, Dr. Curtis Cetrulo; President Elect, Dr. Hatem Amer; and welcomed four new ISVCA Councilors: Dr. Jelena Janjic, Dr. Fatih Zor, Dr. Jean Kanitakis and Dr. Henk Giele. The ISVCA Congress was co-located at the same venue with the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery; this allowed ample opportunities for interaction between ISVCA delegates and WSRM faculty and attendees from other specialties.
The Congress also showcased groundbreaking advances and concepts involving the interface of emerging fields such as regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and nanomedicine and their relevance to the future of VCA. Topics addressed innovation in drug delivery, organ engineering, newer avenues of research in immunomodulation, and development of tolerance. Highlights of the meeting included the Dubernard Memorial lecture by ISVCA Past-President, Dr. Emmanuel Morelon; a special lecture on xenotransplantation by Dr. Robert Montgomery; and, a VCA policy overview by OPTN-UNOS President, Dr. Matthew Cooper.
We look forward to the 16th Biennial Congress (location to be determined) of the ISVCA and welcome attendance from all our colleagues across interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fields.