New IPITA Educational Initiative!

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Matthew Cooper

United States

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On behalf of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association (IPITA) Council, we would like to share with you an exciting new initiative, the "IPITA Curriculum on Pancreas & Islet Cell Transplantation".

A main focus of IPITA is to promote training in the field of pancreas and islet cell transplantation and it is our hope that this new initiative will advance this goal.

We developed this curriculum in collaboration with investigators and clinicians from around the world with the purpose of providing the community with a comprehensive educational resourse both for trainees, and seasoned professionals in our field seeking to update their practice.

The curriculum is free for IPITA and TTS members through the member portal on and

Those who are not yet members may signup for soley for the curriculum or sign-up and become a member of IPITA at the same time.

We have priced the Curriculum Trainee Price at $55 USD including 2021/2022 IPITA Membership to make this as attractive as possible to recruit new members.

We encourage all our members to share this with all their trainees and colleagues.

Member Spotlight 

On behalf of the TTS Council we are proud to announce that Professor Elmi Muller has been appointed as the new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University (SU).

Elmi Muller

TTS President-Elect

Elmi is currently the Head of both the Division of General Surgery and the Transplant Unit in the Groote Schuur Hospital at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and she now becomes the first woman to be appointed as Dean of the Faculty.

Stellenbosch University (SU) has written a very nice press release which can be viewed here:

She also participated in a terrific interview and discussion with Drs. Mannon, Foster and West. as part of our Women in Transplantation Initiative on June 2. You can view the session in its entirety here:

Meeting News

MESOT 2021 Moving to a Virtual format

The MESOT Council has decided to hold the MESOT 2021 Congress virtually due to the recent emergence of COVID-19 variants and serious health risks.

ILDLT Group Meeting endorsed by TTS

TTS has decided to endorse the 5th International Congress of the iLDLT Group to be held in Brussels, Belgium from October 15-16, 2021.

TTS Masterclasses: Organ Donation Series Begins

Delivered by the world’s best known and regional experts, each Masterclass includes presentations by an international and a regional expert to bring perspective to the topic, highlight differences and opportunities, and bolster active discussions.

Upcoming and Recent Webinars 

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 10:00 AM (Local time in Montreal)
Local time (Corresponding local time at your current location)

Session 1 - In Your Local Time: Local time
Session 2 - In Your Local Time: Local time

TTS and WIT are hosting two networking discussion sessions lead by TTS Education Committee Members and WIT Members. Clips from the documentary will be shown and discussed as well as key themes that came out of the movie.

Registrants will have the ability to ask questions and interact with each other. Whether you will be joining for your morning coffee or pre/post dinner drinks, the session will be lively and interactive. Even if you are unable to watch the movie prior to the session, you are encouraged to register and join.

How to watch the documentary first
Registrants will have the ability to watch the documentary "Picture a Scientist" for two weeks prior to the discussion session and 1 week following the discussion session. The link will be provided after signup.
Women in Transplantation is delighted to announce two symposia as part of the 2021 CAST Virtual Congress, July 25-28.
Access to the Women in Transplantation symposia is FREE to WIT members.

Symposium 1 (click for details)
Symposium 1 - In Your Local Time: Local time
  • Dr. Vathsala Anantharam - Equity in donors and recipients in places with disparities
  • Dr. Germaine Wong - Equity in leadership
  • Dr. Maggie Ma - Fertility and pregnancy post solid organ transplantation
  • Dr. Lkhaakhuu Od-Erdene - How women can bring change to organ transplantation – the Mongolian experience

Symposium 2 (click for details)
Symposium 2 - In Your Local Time: Local time
  • Dr. Allison Tong, Dr. Nicole Scholes-Robertson and Dr. Amanda Dominello - Gender balance in living donation – from the recipient and donor perspective
  • Dr. Vasanthi Ramesh - Sex disparities in access to transplantation care during COVID-19 in Asia
  • Dr. Deirdre Sawinski - Fertility and pregnancy post solid organ transplantation
  • This session will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion.

Hot Off The Press 


Selected Publications by TTS Education Committee. This week's selection made by Dr. Marlies Reinders

Implications of defective immune responses in SARS-CoV-2 vaccinated organ transplant recipients

Peter S. Heeger, Christian P. Larsen, Dorry L. Segev
Sci Immunol. 2021 Jul 1;6(61):eabj6513. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.abj6513.
Organ transplant patients have poor immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines; thus designing vaccine strategies to protect this vulnerable population from SARS-CoV-2 infection is crucial. This paper described the implications of defective immune responses in SARS-CoV-2 vaccinated organ transplant recipients

Positive flow cytometry crossmatch with discrepant antibody testing results following Covid-19 vaccination

Xu Q, Sood P, Helmick D, Lomago J, Tevar AD, Zeevi A.
Am J Transplant. 2021 Jul 9. doi: 10.1111/ajt.16753.
This case highlights the importance of verifying allo-sensitization history and utilizing multiple assays, including cell-based crossmatch and solid-phase assays with multi-antigens. COVID-19 immunization may deserve special attention when assessing the immunological risk before and after organ transplantation.

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