TTS 2016 Congress: Why Hong Kong?
Philip J. O’Connell
2016 TTS Congress Chair
THE 26TH ANNUAL CONGRESS – SHOWCASING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOCIETY AND THE POTENTIAL OF TRANSPLANTATION IN ASIA
Even though we are still basking in the glow of the recently held and highly successful World Transplant Congress, plans are well underway for our Society’ next congress, which will be held in August 2016 in Hong Kong. The 26th Congress will mark our 50th Anniversary and the TTS Council is planning several events to celebrate this milestone. We are excited that this meeting will be held in Asia, as this is a region with great potential and rapid development.
Hong Kong has long been seen as a major gateway for Asian business. This is also true for medicine. Hong Kong has benefited from well-established Western style universities; the University of Hong Kong has been involved in medical education for more than 100 years and SunYat-Sen was its first medical graduate! The first renal transplant was performed in 1969 and Hong Kong has a locally controlled and ethical deceased donor program with its emphasis on “voluntarism consistent with respecting individual autonomy and dignity after death”. This strong tradition in Medicine and Transplantation make it an ideal location in Asia for this meeting.
However, to ensure that this is a truly regional meeting the Thai Transplantation Society has come together with the Hong Kong Society of Transplantation, and The Transplantation Society, to organize this milestone meeting. Thailand is one of the real success stories of Asian transplantation. Since the passing of brain death legislation in 1989, there have been more than 4000 renal transplants performed in Thailand and 55% of these were from deceased donors. Both the Hong Kong Society of Transplantation and the Thai Transplantation Society have endorsed the Declaration of Istanbul.