President’s Message

In August of 2016, the global transplant community gathered in Hong Kong, sharing advances in clinical medicine and experimental science at the 50th Anniversary Congress of The Transplantation Society

Over 3000 delegates from 85 countries met to exchange data, practice, and ideas

One of the highlights of the meeting was the award ceremony. Dr. Jan Lerut won the Award for Mentorship or Education and Training in Transplantation. Dr. Stan Jordan won the Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Transplantation Award (Clinical). Dr. Visist Dhitavat won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation (Developing Country). Dr. David Cooper won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation (Basic Science). Dr. S. Adib Hasan Rizvi won the Humanitarian Award in Transplantation. And Professor Jean Paul Soulillou won the prestigious Medawar Prize 2016 - the highest award of TTS.

21 Young Investigators were honored: Penelope Allen, Vaishnavi Calisa, Araving Cherukuri, Jason Davis, Denis Efimov, Shaimaa Elkholy, Jianing Fu, Barbara Kern, Qiang Liu, David N asralla, Kevin Tak-Pan Ng, Thomas Schachtner, Oscar Serrano, Rashmi Shingde, Umang Thakkar, Mirjam Tielen, Thomas Vanhove, Beorgios Vrakas, Johannes Wedel, Cheng Yang and Wai Ho Oscar Yeung.

24 mentor/mentee awards were bestowed by TTS in partnership with the Canadian Society of Trans-plantation, the Deutschen Trans-
plantationsgesellschaft, the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation, the Japan Society for Transplantation, the Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging, the Société-Française de Trans-plantation, the Sociedad Mexicana de Trasplantes, and the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Lori West received the Woman Leader in Transplantation Award and the WIT Hero Awards went to Dr. Elmi Muller and to Lalitha Raghuram.

Dr. Takemoto won the Leslie Brent Award for the most outstanding paper published in the field of Basic Science and Dr. Lucas won the Anthony P. Monaco Award for the most outstanding paper in the field of Translational Science Research.

The high level of intellectual exchange, outstanding venue and gracious hospitality of Hong Kong made for an enjoyable and productive meeting.

I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming two years at our Section meetings and the 2018 TTS Congress.