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Our fall educational calendar is full of opportunities for transplant professionals!
Many of these activities are free, free to members or have very low registration fees.
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TTS Series
TTS Masterclass Series
Free for TTS and Section Members
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IPITA Curriculum
IPITA Curriculum on Pancreas & Islet Cell Transplantation
Free for IPITA / TTS Members
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Joint Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) and the Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Society (CTRMS)
Discounts for Members and emerging economy nation residents
Sept 23-25 Details
TTS Women in Transplantation Networking Event @ ASHI 2021 - Pathways to creating equity and inclusion: change is our collective responsibility
Free to all medical professionals
Sept 29 Details
ISUTx 2021
3rd International Congress of the International Society of Uterus Transplantation (ISUTx)
Free to all medical professionals with an interest in the field
Oct. 8 Details
1st IPTA VIRTUAL Fellows & Allied Health & Nursing Professionals (AHNP) Meeting
Free to all fellows and AHNPs
Oct. 14-15, 22 Details
International Forum
International Donation and Transplantation Legislative and Policy Forum hosted by Transplant Québec and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP)
Free to attend and the forum aims to create recommendations that can be used to improve the legislative and policy framework surrounding organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Oct. 14-15 Details
Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (IRTA) Webinar on Disease Modifying Therapy in Short Bowel Syndrome
Free to all medical professionals with an interest in the field
Oct. 19 Details
TID Cases
Transplant Infectious Disease Section Interesting Cases Webinar
Free to all medical professionals with an interest in Infectious Diseases in Transplantation
Oct. 25 Details
IPITA 2021
Virtaul 2021 Congress of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association (IPITA)
Discounts for Members and free for IPITA Members who are Students/Fellows/Trainees/Allied Healthcare Professionals
Oct. 20-23 Details
TTS Webinar
TTS Anesthesia and Critical Care Committee Fall 2021 Webinar
Free to all medical professionals with an interest in the field
Oct. 27 Details
ISODP 2021 Webinar Series (3 days x2 hours)
Free to all ISODP and TTS Members
Nov.. 1-3 Details
TTS Women in Transplantation Webinar on Living Kidney Donation
Free to all medical professionals with an interest in the field
Nov. 15 Details
TID 2021
Transplant Infectious Disease Section 2021 Virtual Congress
Free to all medical professionals with an interest in Infectious Diseases in Transplantation
Nov. 17-18 Details

Transplantation Direct September 2021 Issue


The September issue of Transplantation Direct is now available online by open access. This month's issue has several articles related to organ donation and condition for transplantation. Some aspects studied include the use of an educational video conceived from multiple stakeholders aimed to inform living kidney donors about potential perioperative surgical complications, the use of kidneys from donors with a history of severe liver disease, patient experiences with HIV+ to HIV+ liver and kidney transplantation, risk aversion of US donation service areas to pursue non-ideal donor livers (can more organs be recovered?), and the experimental effects of dual versus single oxygenated hypothermic DCD liver perfusion on hepatobiliary and endothelial cell injury. Other issues are also in the spotlight in this issue, like robotic-assisted kidney transplantation with bilateral nephrectomy in patients with polycystic disease, consequences of poor humoral responses to COVID-19 vaccination in transplant recipients, and the effects of various steroid regimens (including withdrawal) on development of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis after kidney transplantation. Please visit our Transplantation Direct website to get all the details.


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Articles this week reviewed by Drs. Enver Akalin

Risks factors associated with poor response to COVID-19 vaccination in kidney transplant recipients

Yorg Azzi et al.
Kidney Int. 2021 Sep 2:S0085-2538(21)00826-7. doi: 10.1016/j.kint.2021.08.019. PMID: 34481804
This article studied SARS-CoV-2 spike IgG (anti-spike IgG) responses to COVID-19 vaccination in 98 kidney transplant recipients. Twenty-one patients had prior COVID-19 infection and 11 (52%) had SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid IgG (anti-nucleocapsid IgG) before vaccination, of whom 20 (95%) generated anti-spike IgG. However, only 32% of 76 patients without a previous history of COVID-19 and a negative anti-nucleocapsid IgG before vaccination generated an anti-spike IgG response. African Americans (18%) and patients on full dose MMF/MPA (22%) had lower responses. Notably, patients who did not produce a positive anti-spike IgG response had lower median CD3 (652 cells/µl vs. 1176 cells/µl, p=0.032) and CD4 (303 cells/µl vs. 632 cells/µl, p=0.046) T cell counts, and lower serum IgM (67.5 mg/dl vs. 100 mg/dl, p=0.009) levels.

Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines in Ambulatory and Inpatient Care Settings

Mark G. Thompson et al.
New England Journal of Medicine, September 8, 2021 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2110362
This article assessed 41,552 admissions to 187 hospitals and 21,522 visits to 221 emergency departments or urgent care clinics during the period from January 1 through June 22, 2021, in multiple states. The effectiveness of full messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccination (≥14 days after the second dose) was 89% (95% confidence interval [CI], 87 to 91) against laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection leading to hospitalization, 90% (95% CI, 85 to 93) against infection leading to an ICU admission, and 91% (95% CI, 89 to 93) against infection leading to an emergency department or urgent care clinic visit. The effectiveness of full vaccination with respect to a Covid-19–associated hospitalization or emergency department or urgent care clinic visit was similar with the BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 vaccines and ranged from 81% to 95% among adults 85 years of age or older, persons with chronic medical conditions, and Black or Hispanic adults. The effectiveness of the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine was 68% (95% CI, 50 to 79) against laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection leading to hospitalization and 73% (95% CI, 59 to 82) against infection leading to an emergency department or urgent care clinic visit.

17th Virtual Congress of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation

The Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT) was founded by Professor Mehmet Haberal in 1987 as a non-profit international scientific Society and its 17th Congress was organized virtually in Amman, Jordan on September 3-5, 2021. In light of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic and serious health risks posed by the new variants, MESOT leadership decided to cancel its physical meeting that was scheduled to be held in Amman, Jordan and organized the meeting virtually.

MESOT aims to promote and encourage education, research and cooperation in the field of organ transplantation in the Middle East, North African and neighboring Mid-Asian countries and to deal with a range of transplantation-related problems in countries that share similar sociocultural characteristics. The Congress designed to bring to the transplant community in the Middle East and the world an update on the state of the art principles and to provide a forum for sharing best practices and innovations in the field of organ donation and transplantation.

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The Congress, boasted 46 invited speakers worldwide including MESOT Past Presidents Professors Aziz El-Matri, Adibul Rizvi, Antoine Stephan, Faissal Shaheen, Mustafa Al-Mousawi, Anwar Naqvi, Marwan Masri, S. Ali Malek-Hosseini, Bassam Saeed, Refaat Kamel. MESOT Executive Committee Members and Councilors, President of the African Society of Transplantation (ASOT) Prof. Gamal Saadi, TTS President Prof. Marcelo Cantarovich, TTS Past Presidents Prof. Jeremy Chapman and Prof. Francis Delmonico, Presidents of the National Transplant Societies in the Middle East and Africa as well as renowned scientists in their respective fields.

The Opening Ceremony started with the welcome speeches of Prof. Mohammad Ghnaimat, President-Elect of MESOT, Prof. Antoine Barbari, MESOT President, Prof. Mehmet Haberal Founder and Past-President and continued with the opening remarks of Professor Firas Al-Hawwari, Jordanian Health Minister on behalf of His Majesty King Abdullah.

A total of 1400 participants from 37 countries worldwide have attended the Congress where 41 oral and 87 poster presentations were scheduled. 91 up-to-date lectures were presented as well as a sunrise symposium on family approach with virtual simulation. The largest contribution of oral papers came from Turkey followed by Spain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As for the posters, the largest contribution came from Tunisia, Turkey and followed by Kuwait and Iran. Discussions took place at the highest level and attendees had a chance to share and learn from each other. There was a huge interest from the Young Professionals as well and they had the opportunity to share their ideas during the Young Professionals in Transplantation session that was held on the last day of the Congress.

Prof. Ghnaimat and Prof. Adibul Rizvi and Prof. Haberal closed the meeting with a final word of thanks to all attendees and everyone involved in the organization. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the 17th Congress of The Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT) proved to be a great success with high positive feedback from all who were in attendance realizing that the meeting achieved its goal to create a platform for collaboration resulting in enhanced education, training, and knowledge-sharing.

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  • Registered delegates will be able to access all sessions live and on-demand.
  • Special fees are offered to IXA and CTRMS Members in good standing.

The full scientific program and abstracts can now be viewed on the website

Session Spotlight: IXA-CTRMS Honorary Awards Session

Don’t miss this special session on Day 3 when eminent scientists who have significantly contributed to advancements in the field will deliver their inspiring presentations.
David K.C. Cooper
United States
Keith Reemtsma Lecture
Douglas A. Melton
United States
Ricordi Lecture
Emanuele Cozzi
IXA Honorary Lecture

ISN - TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program Application Deadline

The ISN - TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program is now accepting applications until October 1st, 2021

The program is a joint partnership between the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and The Transplantation Society (TTS) to help establish new kidney transplant centers and develop existing kidney transplant programs in emerging countries. Please note that the program is open to all ISN and TTS members. This initiative fosters partnerships between experienced transplant centers in the developed world (Supporting Centers or SCs) and new and developing transplant centers (Emerging Centers or ECs) in low-resource regions, providing a framework and funding for up to six years of collaboration if adequate progress is made.

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