TTS 1st Regional Meeting Review
The first Regional Meeting of The Transplantation Society was organized with great success on March 28-29, 2019, in Istanbul.
In an effort to ensure that members of all TTS regions were provided with equal access to TTS scientific activities and educational opportunities, it was decided that regional meetings would be organized regularly in a different region in turn.
Recognizing that although organ transplantation has become the treatment of choice for end stage organ disease, organ shortage remains one of the greatest challenge facing the field of organ transplantation today. In light of these concerns, the theme “Deceased Donation: Expanding the Donor Pool,” was selected for the meeting to provide valuable insights into medical, legislative, ethical, cultural, and social hurdles that must be overcome to increase deceased donation rates in the region as well as the world.
With over 350 registrations from 49 countries, the 2-day meeting was TTS’s major event in 2019. The Scientific and Local Organizing Committees, comprised of international leaders in transplantation, were committed to providing a program that reflects current concerns and perspectives presented in an environment and format that encourages interactions between scientific disciplines and across international borders.
In addition to the 45 invited speakers who discussed a variety of best practices, scientific and ethical issues in organ donation that ranged from donor consent, organ preservation, donor registries and transplant tourism, among many other topics, 29 oral abstracts and 38 posters were presented during the scientific sessions. The Education and Ethics Committees also held their own symposia on donor-derived infections and malignancies and optimal utilization of the deceased donor.
The meeting was a great success and the sessions were met with great enthusiasm by the attendees. This very 1st Regional Meeting will act as a model for such future meetings, the details of which will be shared with our membership in the coming months. As always, we welcome any comments and suggestions for locations and meeting content from our members.