TTS - XXIII Congress Update

TTS2010_logo_vF_colourVancouver-Convention-CentreOutstanding Scientific Program Will Showcase World-Class Speakers

The end of Summer 2009 marked the one-year countdown to the XXIII International Congress of The Transplantation Society, scheduled for August 15-19, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. As the pace of Congress planning intensifies, the Organizing Committee is pleased to share with you some of the exciting details.

First, the fabulous venue! The new Vancouver Convention Centre, the location for our XXIII International Congress, opened in April 2009 and has already been the host site for numerous international conferences and events. The facility is now being transformed into the Media Centre for the XXI Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which open with a lavish ceremony on February 12, 2010 in the 60,000-seat BC Place Stadium.

hood_leroyNext, the outstanding plenary program! We begin on Monday, August 16 with “The Role of New Technologies”, and are delighted to announce that Dr. Leroy Hood (picture left) will be opening the first Plenary session of the Congress. Dr. Hood is recognized as one of the world’s leading scientists in molecular biotechnology and genomics. He has been elected to numerous scientific academies around the world; is the recipient of 17 honorary degrees from Institutions such as Johns Hopkins and Yale; and has received numerous awards, including the Heinz Award in Technology in 2006 for his extraordinary breakthroughs in biomedical science at the genetic level. He was also elected in 2007 to the Inventors Hall of Fame for development of the automated DNA sequencer. We look forward to his seminal presentation on “The Vision and Future of Systems Biology”. Dr. Hood will be followed by presentations on the “Horizons of Imaging for Injury and Inflammation” and a closing talk by Dr. Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo from Barcelona, Spain addressing the “Genomics and Molecular Mechanisms of Tolerance.”

MarrackThe Tuesday, August 17 plenary session pursues the theme of “Mechanism of Tolerance”, and opens with Dr. Philippa Marrack (picture right), Professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, and her presentation entitled “Why Is The Alloresponse So Strong?”

Dr. Christian Larsen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, will continue the morning with “Inducing Transplantation Tolerance”, and the symposium will conclude with Dr. David H. Sachs of the Transplantation Biology Research Center at Harvard University in Boston, USA, and his address “Tolerance in clinical transplantation.”

The Plenary Symposium on Wednesday, August 18 will explore advances in “Regenerative Medicine”. Dr. Hans R. Schöler,

Keshavjee-ShafDirector of the Max-Planck-Institut für molekulare Biomedizin in Muenster, Germany will open the symposium, speaking on the subject “Generation, Programming and Applications of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.” Dr. Doris Taylor of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minnesota, USA will continue the theme exploring “Advances in Regenerative Biology and Organ Biogenesis”, while Dr. Shaf Keshavjee (picture right), Chair of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto, Canada, will concludes the Wednesday program with an address on “Lung Repair, Regeneration and Transplantation.”

The final Plenary Symposium on Thursday, August 19 will address “Innovations in Immune Suppression”.

bluestoneDr. Jeff Bluestone (picture left), Director of UCSF Diabetes Center in San Francisco, California, will open the symposium with a presentation on “miRNA in Immunity and Transplantation”. Dr. Petra Reinke, Associate Professor at the Universität Konstanz in Konstanz, Germany will continue the morning with a presentation entitled “Guidance of Immunosuppression By Biomarkers.” We conclude the scientific program with Dr. Roslyn Mannon from the University of Alabama in Birmingam speaking on “Current Advances in Clinical Immunosuppression.”

The outstanding Scientific Program planned for the Congress is designed to encompass all major areas of transplantation immunobiology and practice, with Plenary Symposia, State-of-the-Art Symposia, Early Morning Courses, and an exceptional investigator program. The Congress will also include a stimulating Postgraduate Weekend of varied plenary and topical courses on Saturday August 14 and Sunday August 15, at the Convention Centre leading into the formal meeting. Abstract submissions are now being accepted online, and you can find information on the guidelines and submission procedure, as well as all other details of the XXIII International Congress, by visiting the website.

While our delegates will be drawn to Vancouver by the strength of the scientific program, we know that many will want to come ahead of time, or will stay after the Congress, to enjoy the breathtaking scenic wonders, famed West Coast cuisine, wonderful shopping and exciting attractions that the city and the spectacular Pacific Northwest have to offer. We welcome you all and look forward to a truly outstanding occasion.

Dr. Paul Keown, Chair
2010 Transplantation Society Congress