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I am thrilled to invite you to beautiful Barcelona for the 9th Congress of the International Pediatric Transplant Association, which will be held May 27 to 30, 2017!

Perspectives in tolerance, ethical dilemmas, the importance of antibodies, challenges in emerging economies, cutting edge clinical trials, and more... IPTA 2017 will highlight the latest advances in clinical and basic sciences related to pediatric transplantation. The Scientific Advisory Committee is hard at work developing a program that will address the special needs of pediatric transplant recipients and promote the advancement of the science and practice of transplantation in children worldwide.

Founded as a Roman City in the Middle Ages and particularly renowned for the architectural works of Antoni Gaudi and Lluis Domenech I Montaner, Barcelona has a rich heritage and is an important cultural centre. Explore the rich Catalan culture and history before, during, and after the Congress.


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William E HarmonDr. A. BENEDICT COSIMI, M.D.
State-of-the-Art Presentation: Pioneers in Transplantation
The Holy Grail: From Mouse to Man
Presented on Monday, May 29 from 11:00 – 11:30 am

A. Benedict Cosimi, M.D. is the Distinguished Claude E. Welch Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief Emeritus of Transplantation at Massachusetts General Hospital.  His interest in transplantation started as a medical student with Dr. Thomas Starzl in Colorado. He completed his surgical and transplantation training with Dr. Paul S. Russell, at the MGH.  His career has combined an active clinical practice with a continuously supported, productive research program.


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William E HarmonPlease join us on Monday, May 29th for a special ceremony jointly with the American Society of Transplantation in recognition of Dr. William E. Harmon’s lifetime of clinical and scientific achievements. Dr. Harmon was a tireless advocate for children with end-stage renal disease and for those undergoing transplantation. His scientific contributions were great and many children across the globe have benefited from his extensive contributions to our field.

“Bill Harmon: a life dedicated to advancing the field of Renal Transplantation for children - in Memoriam” will be presented by his friend and colleague, Dr. Richard Fine followed by honoring Bill’s memory with the IPTA Lifetime Achievement Award.