TTS Congress Scientific Award (Travel Grants)

tts medalThe Transplantation Society provides travel grants for young investigators and for those with financial difficulties who are members of The Transplantation Society.

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2022 TTS Scientific Congress Awards

This year, the 2022 TTS Scientific Congress Awards were offered in 3 categories.

Allied Healthcare Professional Award

Global and country-level growth in deceased organ donation over two decades
Yosef Mania, United Arab Emirates
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi

The first independent provincial OPO in China: Shanxi experience
Wenshi Jiang, People’s Republic of China
Shanxi provincial organ procurement and allocation center, Taiyuan, Shanxi

Organ Donation Following Medical Assistance in Dying: A Scoping Review
Amina Silva, Canada
Children's Hospital of Easter Ontario - Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

Young Investigator Award

Eliminating second warm ischemia in order to address the organ shortage, increase transplant longevity, and enable minimally invasive kidney transplantation: ex-vivo validation of a kidney anastomosis facilitation and cooling device developed via the Biodesign process
Keith S. Hansen, United States
University of California, San Francisco

mTOR inhibitors promote highly functional T cell immunity in kidney transplant recipients vaccinated against COVID-19
Griffith B. Perkins, Australia
University of Adelaide, Athelstone

Real-life tacrolimus levels are associated with biopsy-proven acute rejection after the first year post-kidney transplantation
Soufian Meziyerh, The Netherlands
Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden

Investigating iron limitation in tolerance and regulatory T cells' dynamic iron requirements
Marie Sion, United Kingdom
University of Oxford, Oxford

Co-transplantation with adipose tissue-derived stem cells improves engraftment of transplanted hepatocytes
Hiroki Yamana, Japan
Tohoku University Hospital, Sendai

Every 2-month belatacept maintenance therapy in kidney transplant recipients: 3-year follow-up of a randomized, non-inferiority trial
Aileen C. Johnson, United States
Emory Transplant Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Emerging Economy Nation Award

Anti-CD40L antibody promotes the differentiation of Vy2+ regulatory gamma-delta T cells and prolongs the survival of skin allografts
Girdhari Lal, India
National Centre for Cell Science, Pune

The immunohistochemical expression of endothelial activation biomarkers is a potential tool to predict kidney allograft outcomes
Tainá V. Sandes-Freitas, Brazil
Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza

Rabies acquired through kidney transplantation in a child: a case report
Bassam Saeed, Syrian Arab Republic
Farah Association for Child with Kidney Disease, Damascus

High intrapatient variability tacrolimus´s levels is associated with post-transplant diabetes mellitus in kidney transplant, a Mexican cohort
Lucino Bahena Carrera, Mexico
Central Military Hospital, Mexico City


CTRMS 2019 Travel Awards

Fang Chen USA The Immune Regulatory Effect of CpG-ProB Cells on Allograft Survival
Kyriazis Periklis USA

Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cell Dependent Participation of Innate Lymphoid Cells in Low-Intensity Sterile Inflammation

Shiva Pathak South Korea Local Immunosuppression by Single-Dose of FK506 Microspheres and Clodronate Liposomes Leads to Indefinite Survival of Subcutaneously Transplanted Islets
Giuseppe Pettinato USA Enhanced in vitro hepatocyte-like clusters differentiation from human induced pluripotent stem cells
Shobha Regmi South Korea Decreased production of reactive oxygen species in 3D-mesenchymal stem cell spheroids leads to increased therapeutic efficacy via autophagy induction

IPITA 2019 Travel Awards

Ibrahim Fathi Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan Krp-203 as a Desirable Immunomodulator for Islet Transplantation
Austin Feeney University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA BMI is not Universally Predictive of Pancreas and Islet Lipid Content
Fanny Lebreton University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland Shielding Islets with Human Amniotic Epithelial Cells Protects Islets Against Hypoxia and Enhances Islet Engraftment and Revascularization after Transplantation in a Murin Diabetic Model
Daniel Tremmel University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA Reconstructing the In Vivo Niche for Improved Islet Culture and Transplantation
Charles-Henri Wassmer University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland Assessment of Insulin Sensitivity in Pancreas and Islet Transplant Recipients

IPTA 2019 Travel Awards

Fidel Lopez-Verdugo Mexico City, Mexico Pediatric Liver Transplantation for Malignancy: surgical outcomes and the role for segmental grafts
Taylor Melanson Atlanta, GA, USA Prevalence and Consequences of Medication nonadherence in Pediatric Kidney Transplant recipients in the United states, 2005-2015
Nadeesha L. Mudalige Middlesex, United Kingdom The Impact of A2 sensitisation on Paediatric renal Allograft survival
Priya Pais Bangalore, India Nocturnal hypertension on Longitudinal Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring and Left Ventricular hypertrophy In Pediatric renal Transplant recipients
Jenny M. Velasco Buenos Aires, Argentina Overweight and obesity Prevalence in Children after the Transplant. short and Medium-term evolution

IRTA 2019 Travel Awards

Arpit Amin University of California Los Angeles, USA Pre-, Peri-, and Post-Operative Predictors of Survival after Intestinal Transplantation: Results from a Single-Center Analysis
Irum Amin Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation, UK Use of Arterial Embolisation to Facilitate Exenteration during Multi-visceral and Intestinal Transplantation
Alba Bueno La Paz Universitary Hospital, Spain The Use Of Alemtuzumab as Immunosuppressive Induction in Intestinal Transplantation among Pediatric Population
María Inés Martínez Caroline Rumbo Argentina Long Term Results of a Series of Pediatric Patients with Short Bowel Syndrome Treated at an Intestinal Failure, Rehabilitation and Transplant Program
Elizabeth Waffarn Columbia Univeristy, USA Dynamic Repopulation, Phenotypic Evolution and Clonal Distribution of Recipient B Cells and Plasma Cells in Graft Mucosa Associated with Rejection after Human Intestinal Transplantation

ISODP 2019 Travel Awards

Mulugeta Adhanom Ethiopia Planning for deceased organ donation in Ethiopia
Omid Ghobadi Iran (Islamic Republic of) What are the main reasons for family’s refusal of organ donation?
Kiran Jang Kunwar Nepal An Overview on Transplant Issues and Organ Donation in Nepal
Marzieh Latifi Iran (Islamic Republic of) Donor Card Cancellation Reasons in Iran
Hari Shankar Meshram India Non-simultaneous kidney exchange cycles in resource restricted countries without non directed donation
Meysam Mojtabaee Iran (Islamic Republic of) Assessment of Impact of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on Short and Midterm Results of Cardiac Transplantation
Nabeela Shihab Australia Is it possible or is it not? Commencement of organ donation services in a smaller hospital in Western Australia
Karen Waller Australia Assessment of blood borne viruses risk in organ donation: Use of linked health data to identify missed opportunities and transmissions in an Australian cohort

ISVCA 2019 Travel Awards

Pranitha Kamat University of Zurich, Switzerland Adipose derived mesenchymal stem cell derived attenuation of graft vasculopathy during Vascularised Composite Allotransplantation
Zhi Yang Ng Massachusetts General Hospital, USA Local FK506 Implant Technology in VCA – Successful Bridge to Delayed Mixed Chimerism

IXA 2019 Travel Awards

Angela Chen USA Impact of genetic modification of porcine aortic endothelial and lung microvascular endothelial cells on human platelet aggregation
Raza Naqvi USA Development of a bioassay for circulating anti-SDa antibody in 3D pig-to-human in vitro perfusion model
Kazuhiro Takeuchi USA B4 and CMAH KO pigs may express new antigenic specificities that cause delayed vascular xenograft rejection in pig-to-baboon kidney transplantation
Takayuki Yamamoto USA Survival of genetically-engineered pig kidney grafts in baboons: a comparison of FDA-approved and anti-CD40mAb-based immunosuppressive regimens
Chang Ho Yoon South Korea Long-term survival of full thickness corneal xenografts from α1,3-galactosyltransferase gene-knockout miniature pigs in nonhuman primates

SPLIT 2019 Travel Awards

Arpit Amin Los Angeles, CA, USA Outcomes of liver transplantation for unresectable pediatric hepatoblastoma and pediatric hepatocellular carcinoma
Anna Banc-Husu Chicago, IL, USA Pediatric acute-on-chronic liver failure: a single center experience
Kevin Le Chicago, IL, USA Infectious complications following pediatric liver transplantation: a single-center experience
Sharad Wadhwani Cincinnati, OH, USA The association between neighborhood socioeconomic measures and a novel biomarker of nonadherence: Results from a multi-center cohort

TID 2019 Travel Awards

Fatima Al Dhaheri USA  
Zaheer Udin Babar Pakistan  
Fidan Huseynova Azerbaijan  
Kiran Jang Kunwar Nepal  
Shobha Luxmi Pakistan  
Mayur Patil India  

CTRMS 2017 Travel Awards

Raquel Fernandez-Dacosta London,UK A Potential Rescue Mechanism for Hepatocytes with Impaired Mitochondria: Tunnelling Nanotube-Based Mitochondria Transfer from MSC
Siddharth  Sinha London, UK Alpha-1 Antitrypsin improves hepatocyte engraftment in a rat transplantation model by inhibiting immune cell infiltration 
Leah Steyn Tucson, USA Absorption Kinetics of Insulin Administered Subcutaneously, Intraperitoneally, and within an Immunoisolation Device in Rats: Implications for Encapsulated Islets Post-Transplant
Melissa Thompson Boston, MA Human Hepatocyte Glycan Profiling to Determine Cell Membrane Surface Conditions
Wuzheng Zhu Chengdu,China Amelioration of high glucose-induced endothelial oxidative injury by mesenchymal stem cells is associated with enhanced autophagy

IPITA 2017 Travel Awards

Emmanuel  Minja Minneapolis, MN, USA Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder: Risk Analysis for Pancreas Transplant Patients
Juewan Kim Adelaide, Australia Regulatory T cell viability in 3D printed structures
Sebastian O. Stead Adelaide, Australia Dendritic cells targeting in human and non-human primates with DC-SIGN functionalised porous silicon nanoparticles
Shadab  Abadpour Oslo, Norway Interleukin-22 reverses human islets dysfunction and apoptosis triggered by hyperglycemia and LIGHT
Gabrielle  Normand Lyon, France Pregnancy Outcomes In Simultaneous Pancreas And Kidney Transplant Recipients: A National French Survey Study
Kei  Yamane Kyoto, Japan Mitomycin-C treatment ameliorates the survival of transplanted islet graft in intraportal islet transplantation

IPTA 2017 Travel Awards

Kristin Anton US Effect of our structured transition program on improving transition readiness skills in adolescent heart transplant patients
Ricarda Blöte Germany Post-transplant metabolic syndrome (PTMS) in pediatric organ and stem cell transplant recipients
Pankaj Chandak UK Ten year experience of kidney transplantation in children weighing <20kg
Imogen Chappelow UK Analysis of a National Dataset: Single Kidney Transplant Outcomes in Paediatric Donors to Adult Recipients
Paul Fadakar US Antibody-mediated rejection following alemtuzumab induction in pediatric kidney transplantation: a single center experience
Alexander Fichtner Germany Prevalence and impact of angiotensin II type 1 receptor antibodies on graft function in paediatric renal transplant recipients
Ashley Graham Canada Beyond survival: Developmental outcomes of young children post ventricular assist device support
Suk Kyun Hong KR Comparison of outcomes after pediatric liver transplantation for metabolic liver disease with biliary atresia
Arnaud L'Huillier Canada Infections Among Pediatric Transplant Candidates: Impact on Timing and Outcomes of Organ Transplantation
Natalia Riva AR Sublingual Tacrolimus administration in pediatric liver transplant patients
Adrienn Szabo CA Tacrolimus monotherapy after paediatric heart transplantation

IRTA 2017 Travel Awards

Christina Belza Toronto, ON, Canada An observational Study of SMOFlipid® versus Intralipid® on the evolution of parenteral nutrition associated liver disease in neonates with intestinal failure
Fang Kuan Chiou Singapore Successful treatment using Ebstein Barr virus-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder in pediatric small bowel transplantation 
Esther  Neelis Rotterdam, Netherlands Wide Variation in Organization and Clinical Practice Between Pediatric Intestinal Failure Teams: a European survey
Melisa Pucci Molineris Buenos Aires, Argentina Paneth and stem cells are not affected during initial stages of acute cellular rejection in small bowel transplantation in humans
Jonas Varkey Gotenburg, Sweden Gothenburg intestinal transplant endoscopy score: A proposal for a grading system of the endoscopic findings after intestinal transplantation

ISODP 2017 Travel Awards

Mojtabaee Meysam Iran Update on causes of family refusal for organ donation and the related factors: reporting the changes over 6 years
Hanson Camilla  Australia The lived experience of ‘being evaluated’ for organ donation: focus groups with living kidney donors
Patel Mohan India Why Poor Organ Donation? A survey with focus on way of thinking and orientation about organ donation among clinic attendees and dialysis patients relatives
Ali Mahmoud Egypt Does donor-recipient genetic relationship have an impact on outcome of living donor liver transplantation?
Kunwar Kiran Jang Nepal Identifying Risk Severity Using Proposed “Wuhan Chart (Risk Severity Scale)’’ in Deceased Donor Kidney Transplantation
Patil Mayur India Basic fundamental family care given to prevent morbidity in renal transplant recipients of India 
Jedrzejko Kalina Poland Kidney Exchange Programme in Poland 

ISVCA 2017 Travel Awards

Jerome Duisit Louvain, Belgium Bioengineering a human face graft: the matrix of identity
Orna  Friedman Tel Aviv, Israel Directional Freezing and Vitrification of Whole Limbs for Future Transplantation and Organ Banking
Calum Honeyman Livingston, UK Vascularised Composite Allotransplantation in Solid Organ Transplant Patients
Barbara  Kern Innsbruck, Austria A Novel Murine Orthotopic Forelimb Transplantation Model that Allows for Reliable Assessment of Functional Recovery Resulting from Nerve Regeneration
Shaun Mendenhall Narbeth, PA, USA Pediatric Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation: What is the Landscape for Obtaining Appropriate Donors is the Unites States?
Zhi Yang Ng Singapore Towards Tolerance of Vascularized Composite Allografts – Development of Clinical Mixed Chimerism-Based Protocols in Swine

IXA 2017 Travel Awards

Elisa Montanari Switzerland Beneficial effects of human mesenchymal stromal cells on porcine hepatocytes viability and albumin secretion
Beate Rieblinger Germany Transgene stacking to generate multi-transgenic pigs for xenotransplantation
Chang Ho Yoon Korea Anti-CD40 antibody mediated-costimulation blockade promotes long-term survival of full thickness corneal xenotransplantation in non-human primates
Xuan Zhang People's Republic of China Improved Heterotopic Auxiliary Porcine Liver Transplantation in Spleen Fossa with Splenectomy in Tibetan Macaque
Steven Kim United States CD4 depletion is necessary and sufficient for long-term pig-to-nonhuman primate renal xenotransplant survival
Riccardo Sfriso Switzerland Evaluation of innate immune activation after ex vivo xenoperfusion of GTKO/hCD46/HLA-E transgenic pig hearts with human blood
Mohsen Khosravi Maharlooei United States Generation of human/pig hybrid thymus to achieve immune tolerance to pig antigens with optimal immune function
Se Hyun Choi Korea Treatment of anti-CD20 antibody and tacrolimus promotes long-term survival of full thickness corneal xenotransplantation in non-human primates
Bingsi Gao USA Variables in the levels of anti-nonGal/nonNeu5Gc antibodies in healthy humans
Wenlong Huang Canada In Vitro Immune Responses of PBMCs from Human Donors with and without Type 1 Diabetes Against Neonatal and Adult Pig Islet Cells

TID 2017 Travel Awards

Patrick Trotter United Kingdom
Paula  Moreira da Silva Brazil

TSS 2015 Travel Awards

Heba Nabil Abdelrazik Egypt
Anjan Bongoni Australia
Joanna Cwykiel United States
Beth French United States
Takayuki Hirose Japan
Hui Liu Hong Kong
Xiaoqian Ma China
Veena Roberts Australia
Yoshihiro Saeki Japan
Kate Smith United States
Amar Singh United States
Masaaki Watanabe Sweden
Lei Zhang United States

IPITA-IXA-CTS 2015 Travel Awards


Ahmed Arzouni, UK
Robert Crookston UK
Brian Eby US
Julie Hayward Canada
Mazhar Kanak, US
Hussein Khambalia UK
Rahul Krishnan, US
Chao Li Canada
Gopalakrishnan Loganathan US
Andrew Pepper Canada
Nancy Radke, USA
Robert Redfield, US
Sara Sackett, US
Letícia F Terra Brazil
Sara Ullsten Sweden
Wensheng Zhang US

IXA Track

Esme Dijke Canada
Beth French USA
Laura Higginbotham USA
Hayato Iwase US
Jaeyoung Kim Korea
Hyun Je Kim Korea
Whayoung Lee US
Natacha Madelon Switzerland
Gregory R. Martens USA
Byoung-Hoon Min Korea
Yi Wen Qian Australia
Jun-Seop Shin Korea
Yixiong Tan Australia
Aseda Tena US
Mehmet C Uluer USA
Ji-Jing Yan Korea

CTS Track

Sana Asif Sweden
Maria Coronel USA
Joanna Cwykiel USA
Melissa Davis US
Gaetano Faleo USA
Dacosta Fernandez UK
Anthony Frei US
Liza Grapensparr Sweden
Periklis Kyriazis USA
Sharon Lehec UK
Xiaoqian Ma China
Fabio Marongiu Italy
Giuseppe Pettinato USA
Omaima Sabek US
Kate Smith US
Leah Steyn USA
Sajjad Ali Pakistan
Jun Araki Japan
Dmitry Bazarov Russia
Anjan K Bongoni Switzerland
Mariea Bosco Australia
Benjamin Bryner USA
Karolina M. Burghardt Canada
Julia M. Caliman Brazil
Ricardo Camprodon Gazulla United Kingdom
David Trejo Cervantes France
Laurens J. Ceulemans Belgium
Xiaoyong Chen China
Fui Jiun Choong Australia
Shruti Dave India
Paramjeet Dhadda United Kingdom
Amanda Dilenno United States
Daniel Espes Sweden
Carmen Fotino United States
Atsushi Fujio Japan
Johanna Grahammer Austria
Roberto Gramignoli Sweden
Donald Harris United States
Genevieve Huard United States
Carl Jorns Sweden
Amy Kelly United States
Alan Kerby United Kingdom
Jung Sik Kim Korea
KyungSook Kim Japan
Jennifer P Kitzmann United States
Mathew Koech Kenya
Goutham Kumar United States
Giacomo Lanzoni United States
Joey Lau Sweden
Whayoung Lee United States
Pablo Lobos Argentina
Qi Mao China
Brett McClelland Canada
Raphael Meier Switzerland
Shruti Mittal United Kingdom
Gopika G Nair United States
Ryuichi Nishimura Japan
Mihai Oltean Sweden
Harry H. Qin United Kingdom
Chloe Rackham United Kingdom
Mir Rahman Bangladesh
Avneesh Singh United States
Kisha N Sivanathan Australia
Kristen J. Skvorak United States
John M. Stewart United States
Masayuki Tasaki United States
Aseda Tena United States
Sara Ullsten Sweden
Vijayaganapathy Vaithilingam Australia
Vincenzo Villani United States
Martin von Websky Germany
Shiori Waki Japan
Annemarie Weissenbacher Austria
Christopher W. White Canada
Laura J. Wozniak United States
Satoru Yoshida Japan
Nathan W. Zammit Australia
Jun Araki Japan
Ana Paula Baptista Brazil
Dmitry Bazarov Russia
Julio Bermudez Colombia
Daniel Bowers USA
Ricardo Camprodon United Kingdom
Joanne Chia Australia
Priti Chougule Sweden
Andrea Ferencz Hungary
Alessandrina Freitas USA
Hani Haider Kuwait
Fadi Issa United Kingdom
Hannes Kalscheuer Germany
Gurvinder Kaur USA
Nilgun Kececioglu Turkey
Burnett Kelly USA
Cheng-Hung Lin USA
Zurab Machaidze USA
Beatriz Mahillo Spain
Raphael Meier Switzerland
Ryosuke Misawa USA
Eduardo Moraes Leao Peixoto USA
Gerhard Mundinger USA
Silke Niederhaus USA
Yoshihide Ogawa Japan
Mihai Oltean Sweden
Thomas Pech Germany
Alessandra Petrelli Italy
Peta Philips Australia
Chloe Rackham U.K.
Anand Sivaprakash Rathnasamy Muthusamy U.K.
Alvaro Rojas-Pena USA
Anne Margot Roskott Netherlands
Joseph Scalea USA
Holger Schäffler Germany
Franz Schaub Germany
Christian Schuetz USA
Michael Sereiniggs Austria
Robert Sucher Austria
Sharon Swain USA
Masayuki Tasaki Japan
Peter Thompson USA
Radbeh Torabi USA
Hsinlin Tsai Taiwan
Koichiro Uchida USA
Philip Wai USA
Jonathan Neil Walker U.K.
Martin Wijkstrom USA
Laura Wozniak USA
Telford Yeung Canada
Nathan Zammit Australia
Heba Abdelrazik, Egypt

Human Platelet Lysate Alters Not Only The Expansion Potential Of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells But Also Its Effect On CD34 Selected Cord Blood Progenitors

Asik Ali, India

Renal Transplantation in the elderly :South Indian Experience

Gopal Basu, India

Concentration Controlled Mycophenolate Dosing in Renal Transplantation  in India

Rajendra Bhandari, Nepal

Eye donation  program in a developing country: poor resources towards technology.

Nirupama  Chandel, India

Variations in CYP3A4, CYP3A5 and MDR1 have an impact on gene transcription  and activity: importance in CNI metabolism

Si He, China

The Treatment and Risk Factors Analysis of Hypoglycemia in Diabetic rhesus Monkeys

Speranta Maria lacob, Romania

Survival outcomes following liver transplantation (SOFT) score?  A useful predictor of short term mortality in Romanian Liver Transplant Program

ShamiJhu Joshi, Nepal Attitude towards Kidney donation among Primary care patients in developing country.
Vera Morozova,  Russia

Contradictory impact of donor type 1 plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) gene promoter polymorphism on renal allograft survival

Li Zeng, China

Analysis of the Dead Cases in Pig-to-Rhesus Monkey Islet Transplantation

Anders ASBERG Oslo Norway
Brenda M. BOOMA Rotterdam Netherlands
Andrew R. BUSHELL Oxford UK
Immaculada HERRERO-FRESNEDA Barcelona Spain
Nicholas D. JONES Oxford UK
Thomas LAUMONIER Geneva Switzerland
Hanna Maria SAVOLAINEN-PELTONEN Helsinki Finland
Robert A. CINA Boston USA
Juan L. CONTRERAS Birmingham USA
Thomas FEHR Boston USA
Christine L. HSIEH Stanford USA
Bibo KE Los Angeles USA
Patricia W. LEE Boston USA
Shuji NOBORI Boston USA
Erica D. RIDDLE Stanford USA
Natalya V SEMILETOVA Los Angeles USA
Justyna STANISLAWSKA Warsaw Poland
Juaita M. SHAFFER Charlestown USA
Andrew L. SNOW Stanford USA
Masahiro TANEMURA Osaka Japan
Shuichiro UEHARA Boston USA
Maria VAYSBERG Stanford USA
Mario VILATOBA Birmingham USA
Minh Diem VU Boston USA
Karl. L. WOMER Gainsville USA
Satoshi YAMAMOTO Osaka Japan



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