Letter from the President (2007-2009)
The mission of International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) is to foster, promote and develop all aspects of organ and tissue donation and procurement. The ultimate aim is to increase the supply of high quality organs and tissue to match the need.
The mission of the ISODP can be accomplished by focusing on:
- Societal attitudes and legislative requirements
- Perfecting the process of donation and procurement
- Ways of expanding the donor pool
- Measures to minimize donor organ injury
- The development and facilitation of educational programs
- Ethical matters related to organ and tissue donation and procurement
It is my goal that we bring together the best practices in organ donation from around the world so that they can be shared and implemented. Many parts of the world struggle with deceased organ donation and our role at ISODP is to provide a link for them so that they can improve through training programs that have demonstrated increased organ donations. Examples of such programs are the United States Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative, Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) in Barcelona, Spain, Gift of Life Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and Donor Action. These programs were highlighted at the 2007 Organ & Tissue Donation Congress held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA from November 11-14, 2007. The ISODP Congress was a great success. The Congress brought together 559 preeminent international organ and tissue donation and transplant professionals from 32 countries around the world. More than 75 invited speakers discussed a variety of best practices, scientific and ethical issues in organ donation that ranged from donor consent, organ preservation, donor registries and transplant tourism, among many other topics. In addition, 173 scientific oral abstracts and posters were presented. It was an honor and a privilege for Gift of Life Institute and Gift of Life Donor Program to host the 2007 Congress. Abstracts and a photo gallery from the Congress are available at www.isodp2007.org.
Living donation also needs improvement in many areas. Of special concern are those unethical practices related to transplant tourism and paid donation. These violate The Transplantation Society’s ethical code and we should do everything possible to cease these practices. The future of organ donation relies upon public trust of the community that an individual or family sees organ donation as a gift given and that gift saves lives.
When successful, our actions provide the single most critical element for a successful organ transplantation to occur – a viable organ. As a result, the ISODP should have the greatest number of members of all the transplantation societies. ISODP is proud that it is an official section of The Transplantation Society (TTS). We strongly suggest that you become a joint member of both societies. You will receive a significant discount by joining both TTS and ISODP.
Make sure you mark your calendars for October 4 – 7 for the 2009 Organ & Tissue Donation Congress of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) and the International Transplant Coordinators Society (ITCS). The Congress will be held in Berlin, Germany and will provide organ and tissue procurement professionals with advanced knowledge in all aspects of organ donation including new ideas on how to solve the problem of organ and tissue scarcity, quality and including safety aspects of organ donation and transplantation, expanding the donor pool in life donation and with expanded criteria donors, Organ donation and communication skills, and discussions about socioeconomics, ethical and regulatory issues in organ donation. The website for the meeting is www.isodp2009.org.
Howard M. Nathan
President , ISODP
President, Gift of Life Donor Program
Founder & Director, Gift of Life Institute
The Transplantation Society
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