International Hand And Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society Update
The IHCTAS Council has been very active discussing our Society’s purpose and activities, and the benefits available to members. The IHCTAS has been encouraging members to join IHCTAS and TTS, to demonstrate to colleagues and patients that composite tissue allotransplantation or vascularized composite allotransplantation is an important field of transplantation. This concentrated effort has resulted in new members joining the Society and the inclusion of VCA and CTA topics in the Scientific Program of the 2014 World Transplant Congress.
One of the principal goals of the Society is to promote information exchange and collaboration among the teams involved in CTA and VCA, or for those who would like to start a program. For this reason, the IHCTAS has made the latest update of the International Registry on Hand and Composite Tissue Transplantation available to members in good standing of the Society. In the coming months, additional presentations and information will be added to the Society’s website to enable members to study, comment and collaborate on new developments in the field.
The IHCTAS recently hosted the 1st Chauvet Workshop, in Paris, France on March 21 and 22; psychiatrists, psychologists and members of the teams involved in hand allotransplantation gathered to create common protocols for evaluation, follow-up and supportive treatment of upper extremity transplanted patients.
Finally, the IHCTAS is pleased to announce the 12th Meeting of the IHCTAS will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Stay tuned to www.ihctas.org for the dates and more information.