The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand 30th Annual Scientific Meeting
Posted 24 October 2014 3:13pm

While we may all be aware of the value of organ transplants in saving lives and improving the quality of life for transplant recipients, we may not be aware of the many clinical, scientific and social issues associated with transplantation.

During the Transplantation Society of Australian and New Zealand (TSANZ) 30thAnnual Scientific Meeting, the Society’s members were able to discuss latest developments in areas such as transplant immunology, recipient outcomes in the region, important recipient issues such as obesity, cancer and cardiovascular risk as well as  more controversial issues such as organ donation strategies, matching donor and recipient risks and new insights in assessing sensitisations with tissue typing and managing antibody mediated rejection.

Conference delegates were treated to presentations form local experts, as well as from three highly distinguished international speakers:

  • Professor Jonathan Bromberg, Division Head, Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA;
  • Dr Greg Knoll, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Canada; and
  • Dr Kelly W Burak,  Associate Professor , Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.

Students, trainees and clinicians attending the two day TSANZ Post Graduate Course held just prior to the Annual Scientific Meeting also benefited from hearing these high-profile international and local speakers.

Delegates enjoyed a full social calendar, including a 5km Fun Run/walk around Canberra’s beautiful Lake Burley Griffin, which for the second year in a row was supported by DonateLife.

A highlight of the conference was the Annual Dinner at the National Portrait Gallery.Professor Patria Hume, an academic and a leading expert in sport injury prevention and sports performance biomechanics worldwide, and a donor recipient herself, was the after dinner speaker. 

The Annual Dinner also provided an opportunity to present awards and grants to members.  This year, recipients of awards were also presented with a book More Than a Footnote:  The Story of Organ Transplantation in Australia and New Zealand. 

Ms Aviva Rosenfeld, Executive Officer TSANZ said this event has always been held in Canberra. “We come back to Canberra because it is conveniently located and presents an affordable meeting particularly for students, scientists and researchers. The character of the meeting allows delegates the opportunity to mix and interact with overseas speakers, clinicians and colleagues in an informal setting not usually associated with conferences of this nature.” 

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