Director of Medical Affairs Report


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Henrik Ekberg



Don’t miss any of TTS’ upcoming
meetings, activities and initiatives in
2012 and 2013!


There are a great number of TTS activities going on at this time. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of them for you.

New Initiatives From the Education Committee

The TTS Education Committee (chaired by Marcelo Cantarovich and Elmi Muller) has been active recently with new ventures to increase members’ knowledge, find ways to share expertise, and increase impact in schools.

Monthly webinars continue to be organized on a variety of topics in the field of transplantation. You are invited to join us for the live presentation and discussion, or to view the recording at your leisure on www.tts.org. Try them out any time you have a spare moment to devote to your continued medical education.

We applaud the Education Committee’s most recent venture—a bi-weekly email update called “Do You Know?” that features commentaries on scientific articles of top interest, as well as announcements of upcoming webinars and other educational resources. Members are welcome to suggest articles and give comments.

Read more about the Education Committee’s initiatives on page six of this newsletter.

Successful 2011 Section Meetings

At the end of 2011, several TTS sections had meetings that were all successful and very well attended. In April, the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society met in Atlanta. In June, the TTS Basic Science Committee held a joint symposium with ESOT in Cape Cod. In early September, the Transplant Infectious Disease section met in Glasgow and, in mid-September, the Intestinal Transplant Association members attended the XII International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium in Washington.

In October, the Cell Transplant Society and the International Xenotransplantation Association held a Joint International Congress in Miami, and in November the 11th International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement Congress attracted members and guests from all over the globe to Buenos Aires. These and the rest of TTS’ sections are already making plans for their next meetings, which will take place in 2013. Visit our website at www.tts.org for further information on all our meetings.

Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) Meeting in Buenos Aires

Since 2008, the DICG, co-chaired by Jeremy Chapman (TTS) and Adeera Levin (ISN), continues to promote and implement the Declaration of Istanbul. You can read more about their successful meeting in Buenos Aires in November 2011 on page nine of this newsletter, as well as follow ongoing updates, events and reports on their website, www.declarationofistanbul.org, edited by Gabriel Danovitch. Future efforts include an annual meeting, to take place alternate years at the TTS or ISN congress. This year’s meeting will be in Berlin in July at the TTS International Congress.

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Highlights of 2012

For 2012, the highlight of the year is obviously the TTS International Congress in Berlin, but TTS will organize and support other meetings this year as well—the 3rd International Conference on Transplantomics and Biomarkers in Organ Transplantation in La Jolla, California that was held in March (chaired by Daniel R. Salomon), an Antibody Consensus Conference on solid phase antibody assays in Rome in May (chaired by Gerhard Opelz), the 6th International Transplant Infectious Disease Conference (chaired by Camille Kotton and co-chaired by Kaiser Laurent and Clarisse Martins Machado) to be held on July 15th in Berlin, and a CMV Consensus Meeting in September (co-chaired by Camille Kotton and Atul Humar) to update the current guidelines.

CTS Organ Transplant Registry Update

In the most recent issue of Tribune, we announced a new partnership between TTS and the Collaborative Transplant Study (CTS) organ transplant registry. Many transplant centres around the world do not have access to necessary software for documentation and analysis of their patient outcomes after transplantation. As a result of this partnership, all TTS members are offered a CTS software package specifically developed for transplant documentation and analysis at individual transplant centres. Many members have already contacted us, and we are currently working on finding suitable solutions for their needs. We are also grateful to those who have offered to provide data from their existing transplant databases to the international scientific registry. Specific information on how to contribute to the registry or obtain this software can be acquired by contacting the TTS Director of Headquarter Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Corporate Sponsors

TTS gratefully acknowledges the Corporate Partners whose generous support makes the work of the Society possible:

  • astellas
  • roche
  • sanofi