TTS Council Retreat
The Transplantation Society Biennial Council Retreat Was Held This Year in Florence, Italy from June 28-30
The meeting was chaired by the current TTS President, Frank Delmonico, and was attended by council members, Presidents of TTS sections, committee chairs and guests. The meeting opened with a moment of silence and expressions of appreciation for contributions of the late Henrik Ekberg. This was followed by a motion supporting the appointment of Phillip O’Connell to President-Elect which was passed unanimously. A finance and membership report (TTS now has over 6000 members) served to confirm optimistic predictions for TTS organizational strength. Reports of the TTS sub-committees provided an overview of TTS activities, in particular the future relationship between TTS and the journal Transplantation and the newly developed capacity of the Montreal TTS office to manage conference arrangements independently. Cooperation with the ISN in the Global Outreach (GO) project was noted and encouraged. The academic and financial outcome of the recent TTS Berlin meeting and predictions for upcoming meetings in 2014, 2016, and 2018 were presented. Reports of TTS subsection activities were provided together with a summary of the outcome of the meeting to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Declaration of Istanbul, held in Doha, Qatar in April 2013
Luc Noel, representing WHO, provided an update on international transplant data and a review of the status of the “self-sufficiency” paradigm. Dr. Noel will be retiring from his post in 2014 and the council expressed deep appreciation of his untiring work to promote the mutual aims of TTS and WHO. Regional representatives presented updates on local developments; success in promotion of transplantation in South Eastern Europe was greeted enthusiastically. The topic of TTS interaction with China was addressed repeatedly. The TTS policy relating to the unacceptability of ‘donation’ from executed prisoners was re-emphasized, irrespective of “consent”. Note was made of positive developments in China and efforts of those who are promoting both deceased and living donation according to international standards. There was consensus that selective engagement of TTS with those individuals and government agencies committed to put an end the use of organs from executed prisoners was to be encouraged, and that TTS representatives could engage directly with Chinese transplant programs and institutions after having determined that they had stopped the practice.
Break-out sessions of the retreat addressed the future direction of the Society. Much emphasis was placed on strengthening its role in research and education, and maintaining its international “brand” as a force for the promotion of living and deceased transplantation according to the highest medical and ethical standards.