TTS 2020 - Seoul - Designed to Empower

When TTS set out to plan the 27th International Congress in Madrid, Spain under the theme “Outcome Driven”, it was with the objective to offer a congress experience where participants could find relevant content throughout the entire scientific program, thus maximizing the learning and sharing opportunities, and have plenty of time to grow their professional network. We hope that everyone who attended was able to “drive their outcome” and return to work with rich information, new contacts and a sense of refreshed energy and passion for our profession.

The Transplantation Society is looking forward to holding its next international congress in Seoul, Korea in collaboration with the Korean Society of Transplantation (KST). KST, the Korean government and the local industry are fully committed to supporting TTS in delivering a highly successful 28th International Congress of TTS.

The theme “Designed to Empower” will be woven throughout the entire program and logistical planning process in our mission to empower participants to learn, network, volunteer and collaborate at the congress, and then take all of this back home and share it with their colleagues

South Korea has an attractive balance between a long, rich heritage of dynasties and a recently developed modern culture which has led to a series of large sporting events such as the 2002 FIFA World Cup, IAAF World Championships 2011 and the Winter Olympics in 2018.

The Congress Center, COEX, is a state-of-the-art congress venue with several hotels in walking distance, allowing participants to maximize their time at the Congress. Participants can expect modern and easy-to-use transportation from the airport and excellent IT infrastructures everywhere in Seoul.

Since its inception in 1969, the Korean Society for Transplantation (KST) has grown into a society with more than 1,100 members that are representing the fields of clinical and basic research for organ transplantation, cell therapy, islet transplantation, immunobiology, genomics and research for the effective and ethical national healthcare system.

In 2014, a total of 3,300 donations were performed in Korea of which 1,808 were kidney transplants and 1,259 liver transplants. The number of deceased organ donations has increased from 52 in 2000 to 446 in 2014 thanks to the educational programs introduced for organ donation to help change social attitudes. The number of living donor transplantations (kidney, liver) went from 625 in 2000 to 1,855 in 2014.

South Korean doctors performed the first kidney transplant in 1969 and since then have achieved a world class transplantation program. South Korea is on its way to self-sufficiency thanks to the success of the Brain Death Organ Donation Program. With this development, the members of the Korean Society for Transplantation hope to bring this system of ethical transplantation to Central and South East Asia, and thereby contribute to the mission of The Transplantation Society.

Finally, KST is building a “Big Data” registry with the Korea National Institute of Healthcare. About 100 centers and hospitals take part in the KOTRY – Korean Organ Transplantation Registry.
The Program Committee, under the chairmanship of Nancy Ascher and Phil O’Connell, will capitalize on the knowledge and practices found in South Korea.

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