The Ethics Committee of TTS is actively developing a number of projects addressing hot topics related to the practice of donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells. These include donation in the context of end-of-life care, living donation from the vulnerable, and an investigation of TTS membership priorities in ethics education and resource development. Committee members Riadh Fadhil and Elizabeth Pomfret are chairing a working group on psychosocial evaluation of living donors, which launched an international online survey in August. The expected long-term outcomes of this project include the development of guidelines or resources for use in the psychosocial screening of living donors in developing programs.
If you would like to learn more about this survey or to participate in it, please visit the survey site here. The survey, which will close at the end of September, can be completed in English, Spanish, Arabic, or Chinese. It is open to all professionals working in transplantation from living donors. The Committee is very grateful to those who have already participated and helped in promoting the survey.
With the support of TTS and the Asian Society of Transplantation, the Committee organized a joint TTS-AST ethics session at the recent Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation held in Singapore. Chaired by Jacqueline Chin from the National University of Singapore, and Ethics Committee vice-chair Dominique Martin from the University of Melbourne, the session featured expert speakers from New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States. The audience enjoyed six presentations and a thought provoking panel discussion of the ethical and practical challenges of performing psychosocial evaluation of living organ donors in diverse healthcare systems and in the context of international travel for transplantation.
The Ethics Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Richard Trompeter as the inaugural IPTA section liaison to the Committee. This new position will help to ensure that paediatric transplant ethics remain a core focus of the Committee’s work following the success of last year’s meeting in Geneva on Paediatric Deceased Donation. You can read the report of the meeting here.