IXA VANGUARD COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
Founded on July 30th, 2014 the members of the Vanguard Committee were chosen based on their interests and research contribution to the field of xenotransplantation among all participating countries. We are seeking highly enthusiastic and motivated young professionals to join the current Vanguard Committee members. Post-doctoral fellows, undergraduate, and graduate students who are interested in the field of xenotransplantation (or related sciences) are encouraged to apply by June 24th, 2016. Nominees should submit their CV and a short statement describing their background, their interest in the field of xenotransplantation and future plans in relevance to the mission of the committee and field as a part of their application.
Mission of the Committee:
To foster membership and scientific development of young professionals in xenotransplantation and related sciences. The Committee will develop initiatives to provide leadership opportunities to young professionals and junior faculty to advance the translation of xenotransplantation to the clinic.
Initiatives of the Committee:
- Organize scientific and social programs for the 14th Congress of the IXA in Baltimore, MD, USA from September 20-23, 2017.
- Development of a forum for those interested in “xenotransplantation”; both leaders of the field and young professionals inside and outside the field.
- Recruitment of young professionals to the field.
- Enhancing communication between labs in different countries.
- Launch lectures and/or webinars covering different xenotransplantation topics. Lectures are intended for junior members who wish to broaden their knowledge on the current techniques and approaches utilized in the xenotransplantation field.
IXA Vanguard Committee Chair
WELCOME TO THE INTERNATIONAL XENOTRANSPLANTATION ASSOCIATION
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the joint congress of IXA, IPITA and CTS, held in my home city of Melbourne in November 2015. The meeting was a great success both scientifically and socially. IXA and TTS provided a number of travel awards to allow young members to attend and present their work, and sponsored presentations by the 2015 IXA Honorary Member (Uri Galili) and the inaugural Reemtsma Lecturer (Mark Hardy). Several major advances in the field were highlighted, notably in heart, kidney and islet xenotransplantation; the rapid development of techniques for precise genetic engineering continues apace, with the promise of further prolongation of xenograft survival and the minimization of infectious risk. I was especially heartened by comments from members of the other Sections indicating that xenotransplantation is very much ‘back on the radar’ – hopefully a message that will reach our major funding agencies!
I am fortunate to be taking over the presidency of IXA at this exciting time. Under the able leadership of Takaaki Kobayashi, the Council has worked hard over the last 2 years to expand the Association and promote xenotransplantation. I would like to personally thank Takaaki, Immediate Past President Bernhard Hering, and outgoing Councilors Chung-Gyu Park, Gilles Blancho and Michael Breimer, for their invaluable contributions. Thanks also to those continuing on Council – Secretary/Treasurer Agnes Azimzadeh and Councilors Eckard Wolf, David Sachs and Shuji Miyagawa - and welcome to new Councilors Muhammad Mohiuddin, Wayne Hawthorne and Curie Ahn, and President-Elect Leo Buhler, who maintain the diversity of geographical location and areas of expertise in the Council. Our goals in 2016-7 include continuing to provide opportunities and benefits to members, promoting the active involvement of younger members, and ensuring that regulatory and ethical frameworks develop in line with advances in the field. Please feel free to contact your Council with any new ideas and suggestions.
We look forward to the next biannual scientific meeting, to be held in Baltimore in 2017, organised by Robin Pierson and Agnes Azimzadeh.
Let’s approach 2016 with a renewed sense of enthusiasm, excitement and optimism!