International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement Update

The Council of the ISODP spent most of 2015 focused on the Organ Donation Congress held in Seoul, South Korea. The Congress was very successful, well-attended and had the highest quality scientific program as a result of the expertise of our Congress Chair, Jongwon Ha, Scientific Program Committee Chair, Günter Kirste, and the ISODP President, Kimberly Young.

During the Congress, the Council met and reviewed and revised our strategic plan and agreed to continue to focus on three key initiatives:

  1. increasing donation worldwide;
  2. improving professional practice for donation; and,
  3. enabling information sharing.

These priorities drive the ongoing activities offered to our members, such as our webinars and regional Coordinator workshops. The Council will also work on revitalizing our Society’s website to feature additional education materials and resources to further enhance our strategic priorities. The first update to the website has been completed; the recordings of the Seoul Congress are now available to be viewed by TTS and ISODP members.

The ISODP will continue to offer our TTS-Astellas regional Coordinator workshop again in 2016; the Council is currently in the process of finalizing the date and location of this workshop and looks forward to the opportunity to improve local organ donation in a new region following our highly successful 2015 workshop that was held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Society is also pleased to formally announce the date and location of our 14th International Congress, to be hosted in Geneva, Switzerland from September 5-9, 2017. TTS and ISODP members can look forward to an exciting and engaging meeting that will be organized in partnership with Philippe Morel and Leo Bühler from the University Hospital Geneva, and Franz Immer from Swiss Transplant.