Transplantation Updates

Just Released - Transplantation - February 2023 Issue

While there remain a few points we can still learn about in COVID, the main emphasis of research has moved on. In this issue there are some great overviews and commentaries on subjects as wide as: ABOi liver transplantation; the role of machine perfusion in abdominal and cardiac retrieval; desensitization; biomarkers in lung and in cardiac transplantation; outcomes from SPK transplants; and some basic science studies looking at intracellular tacrolimus in lymphocytes and monocytes, as well as some nice work dissecting differences in Intragraft and lymph node B cells.

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Research Highlights

Game Changer

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People in Transplantation

Expert Insight


Transplantation - Highlighted Tweets

There is no standard definition for “HLA incompatible” transplants. For the first time, we systematically assessed how HLA incompatibility was defined in contemporary peer-reviewed publications and its prognostic implication to transplant outcomes.

The effectiveness of the fourth BNT162b2 vaccination in reducing the rate and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the Omicron variant in renal transplant recipients (RTRs) is unknown.

Transplantation Direct - Highlighted Tweets

Successful intestinal transplantation is currently hindered by graft injury that occurs during procurement and storage, which contributes to postoperative sepsis and allograft rejection. Improved graft preservation may expand transplantable graft numbers and enhance posttransplant outcomes. Superior transplant outcomes have recently been demonstrated in clinical trials using machine perfusion to preserve the liver. We hypothesized that machine perfusion preservation of intestinal allografts could be achieved and allow for transplantation in a porcine model.

Studies have shown that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination is associated with a lower humoral response in vulnerable kidney patients. Here, we investigated the T-cell response following COVID-19 vaccination in kidney patients compared with controls.

CIRTA 2023 - Abstract Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2023

Submit your abstract to CIRTA 2023 and join us in beautiful Chicago this summer!

ITS 2023

Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake from April 30 to May 3, 2023 for the 3rd International Transplantation Science meeting!

Highlights Include:
  • 3 Keynote Speakers
  • 8 Scientific Sessions
  • Pre-Workshop on "Emerging 'Omics' and Machine Learning Techniques: The Next Frontier in Transplant Research"
  • Numerous opportunities to network

IPITA/HSCI/JDRF Summit - Abstract Submission Deadline!

The Program Committee is pleased to announce that abstract submission for the 4th IPITA/HSCI/JDRF Summit on Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells is open!

Please keep note of the following important deadlines:

  • January 12, 2023 | Abstract Submission Opens
  • January 31, 2023 | Abstract Submission Deadline
  • February 24, 2023 | Notification Letters Sent
Submission Topics
  • Stem cell-derived islets
  • Genome editing
  • Encapsulation
  • Islet Development
  • Clinical Trials
  • Off-target cells/safety considerations
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Ethics

2023 Organ Donation Congress

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 12, 2023
Award Application Deadline: May 5, 2023

Women in Transplantation

Early Career Pillar Member - Expression of Interest

Women in Transplantation is aiming to open a place on Pillars 1 and 3 to transplant professionals who are early in their careers.

The missions of each Pillar are as follows:

  • Pillar 1: Advancing and inspiring women transplant professionals
  • Pillar 3: Advocacy for equity in access to transplantation and donation

Please send your Expression of Interest to Katie Tait at no later than January 31, 2023.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2023

2023-2025 WIT Fellowship Grants and
Inaugural LMIC Fellowship Grant for Research in Gender and Sex in Transplantation

Request for Applications Now Open!
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023

The Women in Transplantation executive is very excited to announce the 2023 WIT funding opportunities. This year, we are thrilled to be able to support THREE 2-year Fellowships. This will be the third year that we are offering these fellowships.

In addition, for the first time, we are also offering ONE grant open to faculty working in low or middle income countries. This very special new grant will allow transplant professionals working in low and middle income countries to work with an experienced mentor from among the WIT membership to address an important question within their own unique context. We hope that this award will spur exciting international collaborations and build more research capacity in lower resource settings.

Research Fellowship Grant

Research Fellowship Grant for LMIC

If you have any further questions and for information on how to apply, please contact Katie Tait (WIT Manager) at to request more information.

We welcome all applications and look forward to an exciting competition!

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