About the Keith Reemtsma Lecture Endowment Fund

The International Xenotransplantation Association is pleased to announce the initiation of the biennial Reemtsma Lectureship.

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The lectureship will honor the memory of Dr. Keith Reemtsma.  Dr. Reemtsma pioneered clinical xenotransplantation in 1963, transplanting kidneys from chimpanzees and a rhesus macaque to patients with renal failure.  His later work focused on xeno islets.  A founding member and Honorary Founding President of IXA, he collaborated with the other pioneers in the field, and either trained or encouraged the generations of scientists and surgeons who followed in their footsteps.  In addition to his many scientific accomplishments, his vision, humility, wisdom, and wit live on through the life and work of all who knew him.  This lectureship will serve as an enduring vehicle through which he can inspire future generations.

IXA expects to endow this lectureship through fundraising from IXA and TTS members, and from Dr. Reemtsma’s friends and colleagues around the world.  The lecture will honor an eminent scientist, recognizing her or his contribution to the field of xenotransplantation, and will be delivered at IXA’s biennial Congress.  The inaugural Reemtsma Lecture will be given at the IPITA-IXA-CTS Joint meeting in Melbourne, Australia, November 15-19, 2015.  When and as circumstances allow the IXA Reemtsma Lectureship Fund’s endowment will also support an additional lecture in conjunction with TTS’s biennial meeting, which is held in alternate years to IXA.

Information about how to make a donation to the Reemtsma Lectureship Fund is available here or by contacting TTS’s Sections Manager, Sondra Livingston by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or by phone at +514-874-1717 extension 205.

Links to articles about Dr. Keith Reemtsma:

  1. New York Times Obituary
  2. Los Angeles Times Obituary
  3. The first baboon-to-human transplants, T E Starzl, Xenotransplantation. Author manuscript; available in PMC Dec 18, 2010. Published in final edited form as: Xenotransplantation. Dec 1, 1996; 4(6): 107.

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