Welcome to Vancouver - The Congress Starts Today!

TTS2010_logo_vF_colourWe are now preparing to welcome transplant teams from throughout the world to the XXIII International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Vancouver, British Columbia, and look forward to sharing with you all a wonderful combination of cutting-edge science and world famous West Coast charm and hospitality.

The Postgraduate Weekend on August 14-15 has been designed by co-chairs John Gill and Marcelo Cantarovich to provide trainees, nurses and allied health personnel, scientists and established clinicians a comprehensive overview of the exciting breakthroughs and leading practices in transplantation today. In the opening Plenary symposium on Saturday morning, Sam Shemie will address the Evolution of Deceased Organ Donation and Peter Nickerson will review the Evolution of Tissue Typing, followed by an informative session on the Issues and Challenges of Drug Development in the Current Era.

Various workshops throughout the day will provide updates on clinical immunosuppression, diagnostics, infections, organ procurement and donation, allied health and transplant nursing, and a host of other key topics. The PGW and CTA Joint Session on Sunday are designed for those with a particular interest in research and publication, with expert advice on how to design a research study, how to write a successful grant proposal, and how to get your paper published in a top-quality medical journal. You will not want to miss this great kick-off weekend.

The Opening Ceremony for the Congress on Sunday, August 15 will take place in the spectacular new West Wing of the Vancouver Convention Centre, overlooking the beautiful Vancouver Harbor. The Congress Chair and Presidents of the host Societies, along with Canadian dignitaries, will welcome the international delegates to the Congress and the representatives of the various Sections of the Society will provide a brief review of the exciting innovations in their respective areas. The welcome reception following the opening ceremony will enable you to meet old and new friends from around the world. The spectacular views from the Congress Centre alone are worth the trip, but we hope that the relationships you will make or renew will be even more enjoyable and valuable.

The Scientific Program from Monday, August 16 to Thursday, August 19 offers an outstanding compilation of scientific achievements in the field of transplantation, presented by a blue-ribbon panel of international authorities in their various disciplines. More than fifty plenary, state of the art, and sunrise symposia will provide cutting edge innovation for everyone from the trainee investigator to the seasoned clinician. The plenary speakers are among the foremost leaders in their fields, from Dr. Leroy Hood introducing “The Vision and Future of Systems Biology”, to Dr. Philippa Marrack describing “Why The Alloresponse So Strong”, Dr. Christian Larsen on “Inducing Transplantation Tolerance”, and Dr. David H. Sachs presenting the future of “Tolerance in clinical transplantation”.

The scientific program encompasses almost one hundred oral and mini-oral sessions from all key areas of transplantation, supported by a rich and diverse program of electronic posters on related topics. The closing Symposium will summarize the outstanding themes of the week in both basic and clinical domains. All scientific sessions will be recorded and accessible on The Transplantation Society website for reference after the Congress. The value of the Congress is enriched by fostering communication and interaction with and between experts in all fields through interactive panel discussion on all the key scientific issues of the day from social policy and ethics to molecular medicine and scientific methods. We have capitalized on technology innovation to promote new ways of sharing information, and have over 1,000 electronic posters with scores of mini-oral sessions, highlighting the cream of the poster selections, for you to review alone or discuss with your colleagues.

The President’s Plenary is always a focal point of the Congress, highlighting the Young Investigator Awards and other Congress Awards, and showcasing the presentation of the Medawar Prize, the premier award in transplantation biology and medicine. The Presidential Address by the Society President, Dr. Jeremy Chapman from Sydney, Australia will explore the successes and challenges of transplantation as we have advanced from an experimental procedure to a clinical discipline, and lay the groundwork for the future. Presidential Plenary addresses from Dr. Calvin Stiller, 2010 Gairdner Laureate, and Dr. Sydney Brenner, 2002 Nobel Laureate, will build on this framework to define the contributions of Society in research innovation and the contribution of biotechnology as we progress through the coming decade.

But we do not want to confine ourselves only to science, and we hope that you will enjoy the wide selection of social events designed for varied tastes and interests. You can discover our beautiful marine life on a whale-watching expedition on the open sea; take in our world-famous Bard on the Beach Shakespearean festival; stroll through the city with your camera on a special Photographer’s tour; or even take off-site trips to Whistler or charming Victoria for a day of shopping and sightseeing. Of course, we will have a wonderful Gala dinner hosted during the Congress as well which we know you will enjoy. Our region has some of the most wonderful shopping, cuisine, and cultural events in the world – and we’re excited to share them with you.

So, on behalf of your Canadian colleagues and Council of The Transplantation Society, we are delighted to welcome you to our beautiful city, and the XXIII International Congress!


Dr. Paul Keown, Chair

2010 Transplant Congress