International Xenotransplantation Association Update

International Xenotransplantation Association Update

Our 14th Biennial International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) Congress was recently held near the popular Inner Harbor of Baltimore, MD. The city was very welcoming and we had a very successful Congress, chaired by Dr. Richard N. Pierson III.

This Congress brought many highpoints, including the touching remembrance by friends and colleagues of the late Dr. David White, whom we honored for his significant contributions to the field of xenotransplantation.

We also welcomed new members to our Council. Honorary membership was awarded to Dr. Megan Sykes in recognition of her long-time commitment and major contributions to xenotransplantation. Dr. Sykes and other invited guests, including speakers from several companies focusing on xenotransplantation, spoke on hot topics of interest to our community. Opening our doors to be even more inclusive and welcoming, sessions were presented for Women in Transplantation, Young Investigators, and Theological and Ethical concerns, with representation from three major religions. We are pleased that young investigators, including recipients of the Scientific Awards, were well represented in all sessions. Moreover, a pre-meeting symposium was organized with the FDA to engage discussions on regulatory aspects relevant to bringing xenotransplantation to the clinic.

Under the guidance of Dr. Leo Buhler, our journal, Xenotransplantation, has shown a rising impact factor (3.9), highlighting the importance and interest in our work. Don’t forget to submit your manuscript to have a chance to win the 2017 Xeno-Prize!

We look forward to the 2018 TTS meeting in Madrid and our next IXA meeting, which will be held in Munich, Germany on October 10-13, 2019 (see preview). Don’t forget that even in a time of instant virtual communication, personal interactions can be very meaningful and rewarding. Please consider joining us there.

These are truly exciting times to be part of the IXA. All those who have an interest in xenotransplantation are encouraged to become active members of the IXA.