CAST 2015 Review
Our two associations have enjoyed a strong ongoing relationship and TTS was grateful for the generosity of the CAST organizers in enabling our presence at this important Asian meeting.
TTS President Dr. Philip O’Connell was invited to give a Plenary Lecture on the Current Status of Transplantation, alongside the Congress President Dr. A. Vathsala who talked about Challenges and Successes in Asia. AST and TTS also organized a Joint Ethics Session tackling the challenges surrounding Living Donor Psychological Evaluation. Co-chaired by the TTS Ethics Committee Co-Chair Dr. Dominique Martin, the special session featured speakers from New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and concluded on a call to action from TTS Past President Francis L. Delmonico for the emergence of cross-border professional networks to counteract transplant tourism.
Finally, the TTS Women in Transplantation group organized a luncheon symposium on the last day of the event, featuring strong Asian women sharing their journey as transplant professionals: Dr Dibya Singh talked about her experience starting the first renal transplant programme in Nepal, and a panel discussion ensued where she was joined by Dr. Benilla Padilla of the Philippines, Dr. Yuki Nakagawa of Japan and Dr. A. Vathsala of Singapore.
During the 4-day event, our TTS Headquarters staff manned an exhibition booth giving information about TTS membership and initiatives as well as promoting our TTS 2016 Congress to be held in Hong Kong next August. They enjoyed a sustained interaction with the participants and came back from Singapore with many new friends!
TTS took advantage of this opportunity to personally invite our Asian colleagues to attend our 2016 Congress in Hong Kong, and we also look forward to a future collaboration at the CAST 2017 edition to be held in the Philippines.