Transplantation Science Committee

This past May saw the 15th Transplantation Science Symposium held in the beautiful city of Victoria British Columbia, Canada. Local Meeting Chairs, Megan Levings (Vancouver) and Lori West (Edmonton), put together a fantastic program. One innovative inclusion in the program was a screening of the documentary film “Vital Bonds”, which provided an incredibly moving insight into the world of transplantation from the perspective of donor families, transplant recipients and the retrieval teams, surgeons, physicians and nurses. Screened in the evening over popcorn, the movie was followed by an engaging Q&A session with the documentary Director Niobe Thompson.

The Symposium was well represented by the global transplant science community, highlighting the continued interest and desire for a stand-alone transplant science meeting. The broad international attendance was well supported by the 2017 Mentee-Mentor Awards. These prestigious awards were co-sponsored by the Transplant Science Committee and regional transplant societies. Award partners included the Japan Society for Transplantation (JST), the Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging (NTV), the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT), the Sociedad Espanola de Trasplante (SET) and the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ). In addition, five awards were supported by TTS and the Transplantation Science Committee. This year saw the first time that a previous recipient of an award as mentee receive an award as a mentor.

We look forward to the next TTS meeting to be held in Madrid in June/July 2018, and what promises to be an exciting and informative program. Young investigators are recommended to look out for Mentee-Mentor Awards from the Transplantation Science Committee and regional transplant societies to support their attendance.