A few words about SPLIT – the newest TTS section
Photo taken of the 2019 Council at our Mid-Year Meeting in Rockville, Maryland.
Back row (from left to right): Jeff Mitchell, Simon Horslen, Riccardo Superina, Marcelo Cantarovich, Beau Kelly, Jennifer White, Ravinder Anand, Katie Tait, Sue Feist
Front row (from left to right): Saeed Mohammad, George Mazariegos, Vicky Ng, Evelyn Hsu, Nitika Gupta, Steve Lobritto, Sue Rhee, Dana Mannino
Benefits of SPLIT membership include:
- Immediately becoming part of a vibrant and established community who share this passion
- Access to participate in SPLIT committees
- Eligibility for SPLIT research and travel grants
- Discounted membership fees for TTS and other TTS sections
- Discounted registration fee to attend the next SPLIT Annual Meeting
- Where: Houston, Texas (Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel)
- When: October 23-25, 2019
Questions about SPLIT? Please do not hesitate to reach out to:
The Studies of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) was started in 1995 and has evolved from a voluntary research registry into a multi-faceted organization focused on research, education, quality improvement, patient advocacy, mentorship, and improving outcomes for children receiving liver transplantation. Work from the SPLIT data registry was modeled to help develop the disease severity scoring system (PELD) for children. SPLIT held NIDDK U01 funding between 2004 and 2009. The organization has continued to grow in scope and membership, but remains constant with the unwavering vision to be the voice for children requiring liver transplantation. In 2018, SPLIT incorporated, changed its name to The Society of Pediatric Liver Transplantation (allowing retention of its longstanding SPLIT acronym), acquired tax-exempt status (501c(3)), and became the newest section of The Transplantation Society.
SPLIT continues with its mission to improve the outcomes in children receiving liver transplantation through research, quality improvement, training, mentoring and patient advocacy. SPLIT is currently comprised of over 40 pediatric liver transplant centers from the United States, all pediatric liver transplant programs in Canada, as well as three sites from Australia, India and Saudi Arabia. To achieve the SPLIT mission, the SPLIT Executive Committee (comprised of the SPLIT President, Past-President, President-Elect, Treasurer along with its TTS liaison and data coordinating center representatives) oversees all SPLIT activities and finances, and works with the SPLIT Council (comprised of the Research, QICC, Education, Registry, Allied Health Professionals, and Parents, Families, and Engaged Partners (PFEP) Committee Chairs, plus two Physicians-at-Large members) to ensure the deliverables and goals of the SPLIT committees. The SPLIT Education committee also oversees an annual SPLIT meeting, which has become the “go-to” educational and networking event each year for the pediatric liver transplant academic community. This is a 2-day focused symposium with an agenda targeting state-of-the-art lectures addressing highly relevant and timely issues delivered by experts in the field.
In addition to monthly calls, the SPLIT Council meets face-to-face biannually to review strategies, goals and objectives towards the SPLIT mission. We would like to thank Dr. Marcelo Cantarovich, TTS President-Elect, for participating in our 2019 Mid-Year meeting, given this was the first SPLIT Council meeting since becoming a TTS section. Held on May 30-31, 2019 in Rockville, Maryland, this meeting was a wonderful bidirectional opportunity for SPLIT and TTS to learn firsthand about the two organizations’ missions, visions, strategic goals, and opportunities to engage together towards shared passions and synergies. Dr. M. Cantarovich presented about the history, the structure and the vision, mission and global role of the TTS. SPLIT is looking forward to working together with TTS in the coming years!
Are you interested in becoming part of a vibrant community with a passion for improving outcomes for children requiring liver transplantation?