Past Recipients

Winner of the 2015 Derek Gray Traveling Scholarship

SRaphael Meier Derek Gray award

On behalf of IPITA, we wish to congratulate Raphael Meier, from the Transplant Surgery Department at the University Hospital of Geneva for winning the 2015 Derek Gray Traveling Scholarship. IPITA looks forward to hearing from Raphael about the institutions he is able to visit during 2016 and the presentation of his progress and findings at the 2017 IPITA Congress in Oxford, UK.

Raphael’s Experience after receiving the award:

“At the 2015 IPITA-IXA-CTS Joint Congress in Melbourne, Australia I was awarded the Derek Gray Distinguished Travelling Scholarship. As a surgeon and post-doctoral scientist, I am involved in pancreas and human islet transplantation. My research focuses on analyzing the demographic, proteomic and genetic variables that influence islet graft outcomes. My other fields of research are encapsulated islet xenotransplantation, alternative sites for islet transplantation and stem cell-based immunomodulation.

The award has proved invaluable and has provided me with the opportunity to visit world-leading centers and meet experts in the field of both pancreas and islet transplantation. I was able to visit the Transplant Surgery Department and human islet isolation facilities at the University of California, San Francisco and University of Wisconsin, USA, and the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Oxford, UK.

My research and career have significantly benefitted from these visits. I am wholly grateful to IPITA for awarding me the scholarship. It has allowed me the opportunity to meet and learn from outstanding mentors and colleagues in the islet and pancreas transplantation field around the world."

Raphael P.H. Meier, MD-PhD
Transplant Surgery
University Hospital of Geneva
Switzerland

Past Recipients

2015

Raphael Meier, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

2013

Sarah Cross, University of Oxford, Oxford, United KingdomSHOW

Winner of the 2013 Derek Gray Traveling Scholarship

SarahCross DerekGray award

On behalf of IPITA, we wish to congratulate Sarah Cross, from the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford for winning the 2013 Derek Gray Traveling Scholarship. IPITA looks forward to hearing from Sarah about the institutions she is able to visit during 2014 and the presentation of her progress and findings at the 2015 IPITA joint congress in Melbourne.

Sarah’s Experience after receiving the award:

“At the 2013 IPITA congress in Monterey I was awarded the Derek Gray Distinguished Travelling Scholarship. As a post-doctoral scientist I am involved in human islet isolation and transplantation, and my research focuses on understanding the detailed structure of the pancreas, in particular the islet-exocrine interface and its digestion during the isolation procedure, in order to improve islet isolation outcomes. The award has proved invaluable and has provided me with the opportunity to visit world-leading centres and meet experts in the field of both islet transplantation and extracellular matrix biology. I was able to visit human islet isolation facilities at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and the University of San Francisco, USA. My research has significantly benefitted from visiting the Wellcome Centre for Cell Matrix Research at the University of Manchester, UK. I am wholly grateful to IPITA for awarding me the scholarship. It has led to some excellent opportunities and has significantly helped further my scientific career.”

Sarah Cross, PhD
Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of Oxford

2011

Dirk Van der Windt, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2009

Barbara Ludwig, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, Germany