International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Update

The 14th International biennial meeting of the ISVCA will be held September 29 to October 1, 2019 in New Delhi, India. The ISVCA meeting will be held in parallel to the ISOT/CAST meeting in the same venue and will have one common plenary session. This will enable members from the Asian and Indian societies and the VCA community of the world to have close interaction.

India, which has a rich experience in solid organ transplantation, came into the VCA scene with the first bilateral hand transplants done at the Amrita Institute, Kochi on January 13, 2015. Subsequently, the same centre has carried out four more double upper limb transplants. Two more centers followed with double hand transplants in one patient each this year. Two uterine transplants were also carried out successfully in Pune, India this year.

The Indian Society of Organ Transplants (ISOT) leads the scientific activities related to organ transplants in the country. This society has subdivisions for different solid organs as well as supportive services like pathology and transplant coordinators who all have separate sections in the national meeting held annually in different parts of the country. In 2015, the Indian Society of Reconstructive Transplants (ISRT) came into being under the umbrella of the ISOT. The 2019 national meeting of the ISOT will be coupled with the Congress of Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST). The CAST will attract participation from transplant professionals from all Asian countries.

The meeting will discuss relevant topics like expanding the indications for VCA, VCA in developing countries, VCA procurement in deceased donors and Immunology updates from solid organ transplants. A one-day satellite symposium is planned on immunology and pathology of VCA in Kochi, a port city in the southern state of Kerala a few days after the main meeting.

New Delhi, the capital city of India, is well connected to all parts of the globe. It offers a plethora of tourist attractions, besides being a hub for exploring the neighbouring attractions like the Taj Mahal and the pink city of Jaipur or the hill stations of Uttarakhand. The satellite symposium in Kochi will offer a chance to visit the picturesque southern state of Kerala described in the tourism circles as “gods own country”, offering a mix of hill stations, beaches, backwaters and opportunity to relish the traditional Ayurvedic massage sessions.