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vibrant and cutting edge - membership projects and the 2015 and 2017 Symposiums

The Intestinal Transplant Association and the local organizing committee under the leadership of Dr. Gabriel Gondolesi have been actively planning its biennial scientific meeting and the 14th International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 10-13, 2015. And, while the name focuses on transplantation, the meeting went well beyond this field, emphasizing intestinal failure, TPN management, intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation. The meeting was preceded by the ever-popular pre-symposium held on June 10, 2015 followed by the three-day scientific symposium. Organized by global leaders in the field in conjunction with Argentinean experts, the Symposium met its promise to be as vibrant and cutting edge as the host city itself.

There were more than 300 pre-registrants with 249 abstracts submitted. Highlights included:

  • Debates on controversial topics within the fields of intestinal failure, rehabilitation, and transplantation
  • Living Legend Awards presented to Thomas Starzl, Stanley Dudrick, and Massayuki Okumura
  • Workshops addressing many of the clinical and pathological issues facing the field
  • Breakfast with the Experts to discuss a variety of clinical topics.
  • A session dedicated to discuss the need for and stimulate the development of multicenter studies
  • Multiple plenary and parallel sessions highlighting the best science in the fields
  • The results of the 2015 Intestinal Transplant Registry
  • A superb gala dinner showcasing the classical Tango of Buenos Aires

In addition to the Symposium, ITA has been working on other projects to benefit its membership. These include member surveys and membership drives, multicenter scientific studies, and the association’s first newsletters.

The leadership has also been working on a new home for the Intestinal Transplant Registry. More news on this should be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

Elections for new Councilors and Officers have taken place with the results to be announced in Buenos Aires and in the next issue of the Tribune.

Lastly, New York City has been selected as the host city for the 15th ISBTS which is scheduled for 2017. More information can be obtained on the ITA website.  

Pediatric Small Bowel Symposium Update – September 11-13, 2014

The 8th International Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium was held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 11 – 13, 2014; sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Overall, it was extremely well attended, with over 300 participants from 15 countries. As usual, the first day offered a Primer for Medical Professionals, and new this year a “Boot Camp” for Allied Health Professionals.

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ITA Scientific Committee Update

The ITA Scientific Committee has been working on reviewing and updating the ITA registry, as well as developing concept proposals for an additional study that can take advantage of the significant long-term data available in the registry.

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New York, New York! 15th ISBTS – June 28th to July, 1st, 2017

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The ITA is pleased to announce that New York city will be the host of the 15th International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium from June 28th to July 1st, 2017. The bid to host the symposium was submitted jointly by two of New York’s largest hospitals, Mount Sinai and New York Presbyterian and the Meeting Co-Chairs Kishore Iyer and Tomoaki Kato look forward to welcoming you to the Big Apple! The Symposium will be held at the famous Roosevelt Hotel, which are located steps from Grand Central station and some of the best sights and sounds of this amazing city. Stay tuned to the ITA website for more information!

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ITA Member Profile – Martin Von Websky, Bonn, Germany

Martin von Websky is a young visceral surgeon and researcher at the surgical department of the University of Bonn. Martin started medical school in Germany and after finishing his studies, moved briefly to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he had the opportunity to get a first glimpse at transplant surgery at UPMC's T.E. Starzl Transplant Institute. Having become fascinated by the field, he started his surgical training in Zurich, Switzerland in the department of PA Clavien and worked there for several years.

Since 2011, Martin has returned to Bonn to the surgical department lead by Prof. JC Kalff and finished the first part of his training to become a visceral surgeon. He now plans to set up his own working group, experimentally focusing more on innate mucosal immunity and adaptive immune processes in intestinal grafts by combining state of the art immunologic tools with experimental transplant surgery. Clinically, he is pursuing further training in specialized visceral surgery, not only in transplantation but also in classic colorectal, upper GI and HPB surgery at home and abroad.

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