Women in Transplantation Update
The Women in Transplantation (WIT) initiative, conceived by Dr. Kathryn J. Wood, was organized by a steering committee appointed through the Transplantation Society in 2009. The members of the steering committee include Kathryn J. Wood, Camille Kotton, Josefina Alberu, Mona Alrukhaimi, Nancy Ascher, Gabriela Berlakovich, Josette Eris, Roslyn Mannon, Elmi Muller, Elaine Reed, Sandi See Tai, Megan Sykes, A. Vathsala, and Lori West. The group has begun another exciting year of outreach and support for the female transplant professional. Activities of WIT have provided women involved in various aspects of transplantation the opportunity to attend national and international conferences and to interact with one another during these meetings. The group has emphasized the importance of women participating in conferences by hosting satellite networking events concurrent with these meetings. The WIT initiative of The Transplantation Society in Berlin involved a formal meeting session, which addressed key issues for both women and men in the workplace. Some of our most recent activities at international conferences include networking events at the 5th Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society Congress, which was held in Doha, Qatar; and in Alberta, Canada during the Canadian Society of Transplantation’s Annual meeting. We will also have a presence at the American Transplant Congress in Seattle, Washington in May of 2013 and have recently solidified plans for a networking event at the 7th Congress on Pediatric Transplantation to be held in Warsaw, Poland by the International Pediatric Transplant Association from July 13-16, 2013. We have had wonderful turnouts at each of our events with an increasing number of attendees and lively discussion.
Delegates attending the WIT networking event at the
5th Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society Congress in Doha