Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is open to interested members of the IRTA and will be comprised of gastroenterology and transplant surgical investigators, basic scientists and other members of the IRTA community.
Goals and Objectives
Current Initiatives
  1. Identify research priorities within the field of intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation.

  2. Review proposed research proposals and data requests from IRTA members.

  3. Help improve utilization of the registry component of the IRTA through investigator led queries or center QI initiatives.

  4. Serve to facilitate and promote multicenter collaborative research studies in the field.

  5. Provide resources to the CIRTA Congress planning process (abstract and content review) and provide review of content for potential IRTA endorsement of related pediatric or adult intestine transplant meetings.

  1. Monthly conference calls to review and assess progress.

  2. Complete the Pediatric Ancillary data analysis and submit manuscript.

  3. Impact of DSA and graft monitoring in intestine transplant.
    1. Prepare a survey to IRTA centers to assess current graft monitoring (biopsy and DSA) practice over the past 4 years.
    2. Based on survey results, work with registry to modify data request for interested centers and collect data.
    3. Prepare abstract and manuscript.
Scientific Committee 2021-2023
  • Yaron Avitzur, Toronto, Canada
  • Christina Belza, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Laurens Ceulemans, Leuven, Belgium
  • Brooke Chapman, Melbourne, Australia
  • Carlos O. Esquivel, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Taizo Hibi, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Tomoaki Kato, New York, NY, USA
  • George Mazariegos, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Mihai Oltean, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Debra Sudan, Durham, NC, USA
  • Robert Venick, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Rodrigo Vianna, Miami, FL, USA
  • Joshua Weiner, New York, NY, USA

If you are interested in joining the Scientific Committee, please email for more information.



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