International Xenotransplantation Association Update

The 2015 Xeno-Prize was judged recently and we are pleased to announce that the winner is Dr. Leela Paris for her paper entitled: “Reduced human platelet uptake by pig livers deficient in the asialoglycoprotein receptor 1 protein”. Congratulations to Dr. Paris and her co-authors for their outstanding work.

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the next Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) in Baltimore, USA, September 20-23, 2017. Baltimore is a popular tourist destination, conveniently located at proximity to other major cities on the East coast. The venue for the meeting is on the University of Maryland Baltimore’s campus, located close to the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore. The University of Maryland Southern Management Center (SMC) provides an amazing location for this event. Adjacent to Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles’ home field, SMC is a modern, convenient and flexible facility well-suited to host our Congress. Social events will take advantage of local cultural and architectural landmarks, most within walking distance of the campus and convenient meeting hotels.

The Scientific Program Committee is designing an exciting program to meet and discuss innovative strategies for overcoming immunologic, technologic, regulatory and other obstacles to xenotransplantation. Young investigators are invited to submit their work for oral and poster presentations, in order to make this meeting a vibrant and productive platform for scientific exchange and discussion. For more information on the meeting, please visit

The IXA Congress will be held in conjunction with pre-symposium focused on strategies for the management of hyper-immunized and ABO-incompatible organ allograft recipients, and will be followed by the Swine in Biomedical Research meeting, attracting a constituency whose scientific and technical interests overlap substantially with those of IXA.

The IXA Council has initiated a discussion with the FDA to discuss existing guidelines for clinical xenotransplantation and is inviting all IXA members to actively participate by sending questions or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

As the year is ending, don’t forget to submit your manuscript to Xenotransplantation for a chance to win the 2016 Xeno-Prize, and to make your donation to the Reemtsma Lectureship Fund.