International Society For Organ Donation And Procurement Update
2013 has been a successful year for the ISODP. The Australian DonateLife Network and The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand hosted the 2013 Congress in Sydney and, with more than 560 participants, 233 abstracts and 30 participating countries from around the world attending, it was a resounding success. As a result, this collaboration enabled numerous experts in organ donation and transplantation to give high-caliber presentations, to exchange new ideas and to stimulate lively discussions. On behalf of all the 2011–2013 Councilors, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Jeremy Chapman, Congress Chair; Jonathan Gillis, Program Chair, and their dedicated team for an exciting and well-organized congress and their very gracious hospitality. Also to Yael Cass the Chief Executive Officer from the Organ Tissue Authority team for their leadership, participation and inspiration as they shared with the world the terrific development and evolution of the authority in such a short time. TTS and ISODP members may download the recordings by visiting www.isodp.org.
As of November 2013, the ISODP welcomed its new President and Council. Kimberly Young from Canada is the President for the 2013–2015 term, followed by Marti Manyalich from Spain in 2015. New council members Helen Opdam, Haibo Wang, Louis Beaulieu, and Martin Alejandro Torres received a warm welcome; their enthusiasm and input are of utmost importance to further develop organ donation and procurement worldwide. The Councilors at the Sydney Congress revitalized the strategic plan - an important advancement in 2014 is a monthly webinar a series featuring speakers from around the world. This is an ideal opportunity for doctors, coordinators and allied health professionals working in the field, to improve their knowledge and to take part in discussions without the expense of travelling.
The ISODP can provide knowledge necessary to further improve organ donation in your region. While in the past we have had success with the scholarship program, the ISODP Council, in conjunction with TTS President, Francis Delmonico, is developing the program to locally assist interested countries in learning how to address specific hurdles in their country.