The Transplantation Society’s (TTS) executive team met with Prof. Neuhaus and his team in September for an update on the progress of the preparations for next year’s TTS congress in Berlin, Germany, to be held July 14-19, 2012. A visit to the Berlin International Congress Center showed that the expected attendance of approximately 5,000 could be well accommodated. The scientific program committee is already busily at work and the preliminary program outline promises an outstanding event that will cover the most interesting aspects of modern transplantation medicine and science. If the rich program alone doesn’t entice you to include the Congress on your 2012 schedule right away, then its setting surely will. Berlin, Germany’s capital, is a city of cosmopolitan and international character that offers many cultural opportunities and a wide variety of recreational activities. Berlin is getting ready to welcome you!
At its annual retreat in September, TTS Council endorsed unanimously a partnership of TTS and the Collaborative Transplant Study (CTS) organ transplant registry, underscoring a need for global documentation and analysis of organ transplant activities. Because many countries are lacking national registries, transplant centers often do not have access to the necessary tools for documentation and analysis of their data. As a result of the partnership agreement, all members of TTS will have access, free of charge, to a CTS software package specifically developed for transplant documentation and analysis at individual transplant centers. The package has the advantages that it can function freestanding on its own, so that each center remains in possession and control of its own data, and that forwarding of data to the central registry will be voluntary and anonymous. It also offers the possibility for use as a regional or national registry, thus eliminating the need for costly software development in countries that are in need of a registry platform. It is hoped that additional, already existing single-center databases and national registries will join this global initiative and contribute to the global transplantation database under the auspices of TTS. TTS will nominate a Scientific Advisory Board that will oversee and support future function of this joint activity. International standardization of the data dictionary, free-of-charge software updates, informal membership in a global community devoted to the science and improvement of transplantation medicine, and access to an extensive global resource of transplant outcome data are some of the advantages associated with joining the new activity. The registry functions will include those of the existing CTS registry, which can be viewed at: www.ctstransplant.org.