Women in Transplantation ...Past, Present and Future

Women in Transplantation, an initiative of The Transplantation Society, held a series of events during the TTS Congress in Vancouver. At the WIT early morning symposium Judy Lieberman from Harvard University described her experiences of training in medicine and the issues facing women working at Harvard1. We also heard about the career path taken by two women transplant professionals, Carla Baan, an immunologist from the University of Rotterdam and Susan Moffatt-Bruce, a cardiac transplant surgeon and clinician scientist from Ohio State University. The audience of women and men had an extensive discussion with the speakers following the presentations. A link to these presentations is located on the website: www.tts.org/women. At the WIT Networking Lunch, Heather Ross, a transplant cardiologist from the University of Toronto, gave a truly inspiring presentation about her experiences walking to the North Pole with one of the transplant recipients she cares for. You could feel everyone in the room shiver as she jumped into ice cold water as part of the training programme.

The TTS WIT network is growing. If you would like to receive information about WIT events, please go to the TTS website and sign up to receive WIT communications. If you have not already done so, please complete the web-based questionnaire. The WIT Steering Committee is using the data from the survey to define the initiatives that will be of most value to women professionals in the field of transplantation.

1. Glimcher LH, Lieberman J. Harvard's women four years later. Nat Immunol. 2009 Jun;10(6):559-61.