December 2018 - Season's Greetings
As we move into the final weeks of 2018, I'd like to personally wish you a very happy holiday season and start to the coming year.
The conclusion of one year, and the days leading up to the next are generally a time that many of us reflect on what has been achieved and what plans have been made for the year ahead, and to consider our obligations to others and what actions we can take to further contribute to our communities and to each other.
Over the year we organized a busy programme of events, including the 27th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Madrid, which proved to be a great success and was well-attended by members and non-members alike. In addition, our membership numbers continue to grow steadily and I am pleased to say that we have attracted a substantial number of younger members, which is an important step for the future of our society.
At TTS, we expect 2019 to bring many opportunities for further growth and interaction. We look forward to a great start, with the 1st Regional Meeting of The Transplantation Society on the topic of deceased donation to be held in Istanbul on 28-29 March, 2019. This will be followed throughout the year by the meetings of several of our Sections, the details of which can be found on the Society website (www.tts.org).
In the coming year we will also continue to focus on global issues in transplantation, that deal with medical and scientific as well as social, legislative and ethical challenges that are faced by transplant professionals throughout the world. In particular, we will continue to work diligently to curtail organ trafficking and transplant tourism and produce positive impacts on those people who need our help the most.
Finally, from all of us at TTS, I wish you and your family and loved ones a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
Mehmet Haberal, MD, FACS (Hon), FICS (Hon), FASA (Hon), FIMSA (Hon)
President, The Transplantation Society
On behalf of the TTS Council