International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Update

On behalf of the International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (ISVCA), it is our pleasure to invite you to the XIV Congress of the ISVCA. This is the first time that the biennial meeting of the ISVCA is being hosted in Asia. The venues cover both northern and southern regions of India and the dates being immediately after the monsoon makes it pleasant weather throughout India to travel around.

The scientific programme consists of a pre-conference cadaver workshop on Vascularized Composite Allo-transplantation (VCA) on 28th and 29th September 2019 at AIIMS, New Delhi. We aim to provide fresh frozen or soft embalmed cadavers for demonstration as well as hands-on practice of face and hand procurement and transplant.

The main conference will be held on September 30th and October 1st 2019, at Greater Noida, New Delhi. The themes are immunosuppression, immunomodulation, immunomonitoring, chronic rejection and complications of VCA. Emphasis has also been given on organ donation and procurement in VCA and other types of VCA apart from hand and face transplants. There are special breakout sessions on psychosocial aspects in VCA, prosthetics versus VCA, bioethical dilemmas in VCA and the ISVCA and ASRT working groups progress on defining success and failure in hand and face transplant.

The meeting will be held at the same time and venue as the 16th Conference of the Asian Society of transplantation (CAST). This will be an excellent opportunity for the delegates to interact and collaborate with the pioneers of transplant sciences from Asia.

A post conference satellite symposium will be held at Kochi in the southern state of Kerala on October 4th. The theme is based on innovative techniques to overcome barriers in VCA and open new vistas of research. World leaders and eminent faculty from across the globe are expected to attend the conference to enrich the academic content and chart out future directions in the field of VCA.

We would like to invite scientific papers for presentation and the last date for submission of abstracts is June 30th, 2019. The TTS awards 5 grants of $1000 each for presenters from emerging economic countries. Please do visit the website www.isvca2019.com for further details. We look forward to hosting you and advancing knowledge in VCA staying focused on the theme of the meeting “Learning from the Past; Preparing for the Future”.  

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