Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association Update

The XIV International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium (ISBTS) 2015 provided a forum for the presentation of cutting edge research and education in all aspects of intestinal failure (both the transplant and non-transplant medical and surgical management) for more than two decades. The pioneers active in this field recognized the need for a formal organizational structure in addition to the educational mission fulfilled by the ISBTS meetings and this led to development of the Intestinal Transplant Association (ITA) in 2003. Subsequently, the ITA has assumed responsibility for planning and organizing this every-other-year educational meeting and the management of the International Intestinal Transplant Registry that encompasses data on more than 90% of all intestinal transplants performed worldwide.

The ISBTS was held in South America for the first time in June 2015, and with a record number of attendees (over 600) along with several other notable firsts. The Council of the ITA held the first strategic planning retreat, and during the meeting the Association honored several living legends in the field of intestinal failure and transplantation, including Stanley Dudrick, Thomas Starzl and Masayuki Okumura. In addition and in recognition of the broad educational and research focus of the Association and its members, the Council proposed to change the name of our Association. At the conclusion of our biennial business meeting, the membership voted to more appropriately represent all of the aspects of intestinal failure management that is encompassed by our organization by approving the Association’s name change from ITA to the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (IRTA).

The new name will be used going forward including in the announcements for the XV Congress of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (CIRTA 2017). The CIRTA 2017 meeting will be held in New York City from June 28 – July 1, 2017.Planning is already well underway. We look forward to seeing you there!