Intestinal Transplant Association Update
Greetings fellow ITA and TTS members! Your Council and committees have remained quite active since the Spring Tribune update. We’ve had face-to-face meetings during the WTC in San Francisco, CA in July 2014 and also during the PIFRS meeting in Atlanta, GA in September 2014. We have several major initiatives/issues that are active before the council:
- 14th ISBTS in Argentina taking place June 10-13, 2015. This meeting is progressing well. The scientific content is being finalized and social planning is well underway. Fundraising is currently ahead of schedule. The Council is pleased with the progress made and will continue to support these efforts. Visit www.isbts2015.org for the announcement of the call for abstracts and the opening of registration.
- The 15th ISBTS bids were vetted by the ITA Council and a vote was put forth to the ITA membership. The New York City bid put forth jointly by Mount Sinai Medical Center and Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital was the winner. Early planning is already underway for 2017.
- The 8th International Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium (PIFRS) was held in September in Atlanta, GA. This meeting was well attended and presented excellent topics and research. The ITA Council endorsed this meeting and ITA members enjoyed a discounted registration as a result.
- The first ITA Newsletter was recently sent to all members to provide a more in-depth update on our Association. The Education and Regulation Committee has worked hard to get this project off the ground and should be congratulated on their efforts.
- The Scientific Committee together with the Council and the Intestinal Transplant Registry leadership had the latest ITR Manuscript update accepted for publication in the American Journal of Transplantation.
- The ITR is moving! After decades of dedicated service and maintenance of the ITR by David Grant through the University of Toronto, the ITR is officially moving. Dr. Grant has requested that the ITA and the Scientific Committee officially assume full control of this important platform for our transplantation endeavors. We are currently exploring options for housing, maintenance, and cost and the Council should have a proposal in place in the coming weeks.
- Our membership remains robust. The Membership Committee has recently undertaken a review of inactive members and has sent an email update on the ITA membership status and benefits.
- The Allied Healthcare Committee is currently working on the planning of the Pre-Symposium for the 14th ISBTS. They also have an open call for nominations for the biennial AHP Award. Please visit the website for details and to nominate your outstanding AHP.
Last, as we approach the final quarter of 2014, the Council wishes to thank you all for your dedication and membership to our Association. It is your commitment to our fields of intestinal failure, rehabilitation, and transplantation that keeps our Council actively working for the advancement of our Association.