International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement Update

The ISODP Council in conjunction with the TTS Leadership recently hosted a highly successful Leadership Workshop on Organ Donation and Transplantation in Beijing, China. Building on the well-received 2015 workshop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this program continued focus on the ISODP’s strategic goals of:

1) Increasing donation worldwide
2) Improving scientific knowledge
3) Growing community involvement

The ISODP, TTS, the China Organ Donation and Transplant Committee and other hosts brought together global experts for a program focused on strategic, structural and operational activities to develop effective and high performing organ donation programs. Conference Chairs Marti Manylich, ISODP President and Jiefu Huang, Director China Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee along with TTS President Nancy Ascher framed the workshop with the highest expectations to provide resources and support to the developing Chinese organ donation programs in the new era of donation and transplantation. Scientific Committee Chairs Kimberly Young, ISODP Past President, and Haibo Wang, ISODP Councilor, convened an international panel of experts from eight nations and the WHO who shared global highlights and challenges.

For the 80 key donation professionals from across China the workshop provided a platform for growth as China works to improve donation practices and results. Engaged dialogue and sharing stimulated new initiative and inspiration for all participants. ISODP will continue its focus on providing support to developing programs and is pleased to be collaboration with China at this time of great opportunity.

The Society is also pleased to promote the 14th ISODP Congress to be hosted in Geneva, Switzerland from September 5-9, 2017. The Scientific Committee is developing a robust and exciting agenda focused on innovation and emerging best practices. Importantly the Congress will be held in conjunction with the World Donation Day and the European Donation Day. Make plans to join us in Geneva!