International Xenotransplantation Association Update

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the next Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA), which will be in Baltimore, USA on September 20-23, 2017. The SMC Campus Center of the University of Maryland provides an amazing location for this event. Set in the heart of the historic city of Baltimore, it is only a short walk away from the Inner Harbor and Is close to many touristic attractions in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

The IXA meeting will be associated with two scientific satellite events: the Hyperimmunized/ iABO Symposium, hosted by Dr. Robert Montgomery of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute, will precede the Congress on September 20th; and immediately following, the Swine in Biomedical Research Meeting, hosted by Drs. Bhanu Telugu, of the University of Maryland; and Randall S. Prather, of the University of Missouri. These coordinated events were designed to promote a truly interdisciplinary exchange of scientific progress and concepts among investigators active in three different, but increasingly related and overlapping fields.

Designed with the help of the Scientific Program Committee, the program of the Congress features keynote and plenary talks on topics of particular interest to IXA members, such as “Building the Future” by Martine Rothblatt, “CRISPR Technology” by George Church, “Genetic Engineering” by Sean Stevens, and “Mechanisms of Inflammation” by Ajit Varki. Additional highlights of the program include a special lecture by Megan Sykes; the Reemtsma Award, by David White; and, a session on innovative organ design by Juan Carlos Belmonte and Harald Ott.

As recent progress in the field has rejuvenated hope for clinical xenotransplantation, the program features unique theological and ethical sessions, as well as a satellite symposium organized with the FDA to discuss regulatory aspects.

We are excited about the high number of abstracts received and look forward to warmly welcoming you to Baltimore.