International Xenotransplantation Association Update
TThe Council of the International Xenotransplantation Association is pleased to report the recent activities of our Association.
The 2nd International Conference on Clinical Islet Xenotransplantation (ICCIX), a full-day conference organized by the IXA, took place after the WTC meeting on August 1, 2014. The objective of the 2nd ICCIX was to update the “IXA Consensus Statement on Conditions For Undertaking Clinical Trials of Porcine Islet Products in Type 1 Diabetes”, which was published in Xenotransplantation in 2009. The meeting was well attended both onsite and through videoconferencing. This initiative built on scientific progress made in the past five years to elaborate a series of new and revised guidelines for clinical islet xenotransplantation. Information on the program topics can be found on the IXA website www.tts.org/ixa. The IXA Council anticipates publishing updates on each of the topics, as deemed appropriate, as stand-alone articles in an upcoming issue of Xenotransplantation.
The Cell Transplant Society and International Xenotransplantation Association recently announced a Call for Hosting for the 2nd Joint Meeting of the CTS and IXA in 2017. This CTS-IXA meeting will follow the first joint meeting between the two societies held in Miami in 2011, which attracted specialists in cellular and xenotransplantation with great success. Instructions to submit proposals are available on the IXA website (submission deadline: November 14, 2014).
In the meantime, preparations are well under way for the upcoming Joint Meeting of the IPITA-IXA-CTS. The Congress will be held in Melbourne, Australia from November 15 to 19, 2015, for more information, please visit: www.melbourne2015.org.