2016 International Transplantation Science Mentee / Mentor Awards

The Transplantation Society (TTS) along with the collaboration of its Affiliated Societies celebrates the contributions of basic science to the field of transplantation with the International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Awards by recognizing the efforts of basic scientists who have advanced our understanding of transplant science/immunobiology and/or treatment of transplant recipients, and the young investigators who will be the future leaders in transplantation.

The Awards were given on Sunday, August 21, during the International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Networking Event held from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

TTS Awards

  • AMP-activated protein kinase attenuated marginal liver graft injury via promoting mitochondrial biogenesis and respiratory function
    Mentee: Jiang Liu, Hong Kong
    Mentor: Chung Mau Lo, Hong Kong
  • CD45RA identifies TSDR demethylated regulatory T cells with a stable phenotype and suppressive cytokine profile
    Mentee: Rebeca Arroyo Hornero, United Kingdom
    Mentor: Kathryn Wood, United Kingdom
  • Effect of epigenetic modifications in graft kidneys progressing to chronic allograft dysfunction
    Mentee: Sai Vineela Bontha, United States
    Mentor: Valeria Mas, United States
  • The clinical significance and potential therapeutic role of GPx3 in tumor recurrence after liver transplantation
    Mentee: Xiang Qi, Hong Kong
    Mentor: Nancy Kwan Man, Hong Kong
  • Vascular sequestration of donor-specific antibodies protects allogeneic islets from humoral rejection
    Mentee: Chien-Chia Chen, France
    Mentor: Olivier Thaunat, France
  • Human anti thrombotic genes do not obviate the need for anticoagulation in aiding long term xenograft survival
    Mentee: Joshua Chan, United States
    Mentor: Muhammad Mohiuddin, United States

TTS - CST Award

  • Prospective treatment and novel biomarkers of BK polyomavirus associated nephropathy
    Mentee: Minal Borkar, Canada
    Mentor: Lori J. West, Canada

TTS - DTG Awards

  • Cell-free mitochondrial DNA activates DCs in an age-dependent fashion and compromises the survival of older grafts
    Mentee: Midas Seyda, Germany
    Mentor: Stefan G. Tullius, United States
  • Metabolites associated with bariatric surgery reverse accelerated rejection and augmented alloimmunity in obese allograft recipients
    Mentee: Markus Quante, United States
    Mentor: Stefan G. Tullius, United States

TTS - ISOT Awards

  • Impact of single Centre kidney paired donation transplantation to increase donor pool in India
    Mentee: Vivek Kute, India
    Mentor: Pankaj R. Shah, India
  • Imbalance of T helper 17 cells and T regulatory cells is associated with chronic active antibody mediated rejection in renal allograft recipients
    Mentee: Brijesh Yadav, India
    Mentor: Narayan Prasad, India
  • Peripheral NK-cell repertoire distribution in chronic allograft dysfunction after renal transplantation Sailaja
    Mentee: Kesiraju, India
    Mentor: Sahariah Sarbeshwar, India
  • Ultra-high resolution non-contrast imaging for chronic rejection monitoring and procedural planning in reconstructive transplantation
    Mentee: Shailesh Raval, India
    Mentor: Vijay Gorantla, India
  • Development of de-novo donor specific antibody (DSA) and vitamin D status after renal transplantation
    Mentee: Sonia Mehotra, India
    Mentor: RajKumar Sharma, India

TTS - JST Awards

  • Clinical and immunological significance of controlling portal vein pressure in living donor liver transplantation
    Mentee: Kazuhiro Taguchi , Japan
    Mentor: Takashi Onoe, Japan
  • Systemic therapy of regulatory dendritic cells derived form induced pluripotent stem cells allows allogeneic cardiac grafts acceptance
    Mentee: Songjie Cai, Japan
    Mentor: Shiro Takahara, Japan
  • Various pathogenic microbes induce CNI- resistance in B-cells responding to blood group antigens through TLR–MyD88 pathway
    Mentee: Hiroshi Sakai, Japan
    Mentor: Yuka Tanaka, Japan

TTS - NTV Award

  • Belatacept fails to inhibit donor-reactive Tfh-B cell interaction, but favors a regulatory transitional B cell profile over tacrolimus
    Mentee: Gretchen de Graav, Netherlands
    Mentor: Carla Baan, Netherlands

TTS - SFT Award

  • Interleukin-34 is a Treg-specific cytokine and mediates transplant tolerance
    Mentee: Séverine Bézie, France
    Mentor: Carole Guillonneau, France

TTS - SMT Awards

  • Pre-transplant AT1Rabs are associated with acute rejection in 2-haplotypes kidney transplant recipients
    Mentee: José Manuel Arreola Guerra, Mexico
    Mentor: Luis Eduardo Morales Buenrostro, Mexico

TTS - TSANZ Awards

  • Dendritic cell phenotype and function modification with targeted porous silicon nanoparticles
    Mentee: Sebastian Olivier Stead, Australia
    Mentor: Patrick Coates, Australia
  • Surface modification of porcine aortic endothelial cells with Corline Heparin Conjugate (CHC) protects against xenogeneic thrombosis and inflammation
    Mentee: Anjan Bongoni, Australia
    Mentor: Peter Cowan, Australia
  • Risky organs: trends in comorbidities among potential and actual Australian organ donors in New South Wales
    Mentee: Imogen Thomson, Australia
    Mentor: Angela C. Webster, Australia
  • Disruption of CD8-coreceptor binding abrogates tolerance induction via liver- directed expression of donor MHC class I
    Mentee: Moumita Paul-Heng, Australia
    Mentor: Alexandra Sharland, Australia