Transplantation Science Committee Update

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Transplantation science formed an integral part of TTS Madrid 2018, which was a hugely successful and enjoyable congress. The Transplantation Science Committee (TSC) contributed to many elements, including the organisation of the Virtual Global Transplantation Laboratory (vGTL) pre-meeting where speakers provided some of the most valuable insights in immune monitoring. These included advice on analysis, new technologies, biobanking, standardization, as well as how to integrate monitoring in advanced clinical trials. The Post-Graduate Course integrated talks from some of the most prominent scientists in transplantation science providing distilled wisdom to members of TTS. A basic and translational science stream was embedded throughout the Congress, demonstrating the importance and impact transplantation science continues to have on the larger field.

The TSC is thrilled to announce the first International Transplantation Science Meeting (ITS), to be held in the Fall of 2019, organized jointly by TTS, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT). Collaboration and communication are central to advancing research in science and making the progress required to improve patient care. With multiple societies engaging in independent meetings, it is clear that there is fragmentation of the transplantation basic science community that must be combated. The TSC is also committed to breaking down barriers in scientific interaction and in promoting international synergy in transplantation science. The ITS will be an annual event bringing together members of all three societies in one location for a ‘retreat style’ meeting. It will also move geographically each year to ensure all members have the opportunity to attend. The ITS will be the premier meeting in transplantation science, and we are confident that this new partnership will benefit the community immensely.

The TSC is also delighted to announce the winners of the prestigious Leslie Brent and Anthony P. Monaco Awards for 2018. These two awards are presented to the authors of the two most influential papers published in Transplantation in 2017. The Leslie Brent Award, in recognition of the best basic science paper, is presented to Drs. Duran-Struuck and Sondermeijer for their paper “Effect of Ex Vivo-Expanded Recipient Regulatory T Cells on Hematopoietic Chimerism and Kidney Allograft Tolerance Across MHC Barriers in Cynomolgus Macaques”. The Anthony P. Monaco Award, in recognition of the best translational science paper, is awarded to Dr. Martens for his paper “Humoral Reactivity of Renal Transplant-Waitlisted Patients to Cells from GGTA1/CMAH/B4GalNT2, and SLA Class I Knockout Pigs”.

Papers selected for these awards are within the highest cited and read for the journal in the preceding year and are selected independently by committee members for their impact on the field. The TSC is pleased to continue to support outstanding transplantation science that has the potential to transform the field. Commentaries on both papers will appear in Transplantation following the award ceremony at the ESOT Basic Science in Transplantation Meeting in Rotterdam.