Transplantation Science Committee Update
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 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”.