Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School,
Boston, MA, United States
The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 (the disease previously known as ““2019 novel-coronavirus”) to be a global pandemic. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people and communities around the world, my thoughts go out to everyone who has been or will be affected by the spread of this viral outbreak. I would also like to recognize the heroic actions of the caregivers and medical community who have placed the lives of others ahead of their own as they seek to help those in need.
Many valuable resources are available for information. The Transplantation Society (TTS) has created a COVID-19 Dashboard to serve as a resource for transplant professionals to get up to date information about the pandemic. The TTS section for Transplant Infectious Disease (TID) is providing updated information and guidance concerning COVID-19 for transplant physicians on their webpage. Our journal Xenotransplantation has published a commentary on the possible interspecies transmission of SARS-CoV-2, focusing on the possibility of transmission to pigs.
The following are additional reputable websites provide up to date information regarding COVID-19:
The world has, no doubt, become a very different place than what it was just a few months or even weeks ago. Many countries are implementing confinement measures and working from home whenever possible. Additionally, travel is restricted by many institutions.
Naturally, this leads to very important following up questions regarding the IXA: should we still plan to attend the TTS Congress in Seoul?
At this time the TTS plans to hold their 28th International Congress in Seoul, South Korea as scheduled on September 12-16. A pre-congress workshop on Xenotransplantation is planned.
The situation is evolving continuously. We will be communicating again in the coming weeks with our quarterly newsletter which will include more information about our involvement in any upcoming meetings. You may also follow updates on the TTS meeting website
My sympathy and best wishes of health to all our community members.
International Xenotransplantation Association
C/O The Transplantation Society
505 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, QC, H2Z 1Y7