Dear Colleagues and Guests,
On behalf of the Swiss Transplantation Society and the scientific committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 18th annual congress of the STS at the Congress Hotel Seepark in Thun.
This year again and thanks to the scientific Committee directed by Hendrik Tevaearai, we tried to stay in close touch with current affairs.
Xenotransplantation is a never-ending story waiting for success. The FDA warned against non-human primates’ experiments while being equivocal about pigs’ experiments. An interesting keynote lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion.
According to the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH – BAG – OFSP), during the last years about 41% of adults are overweight and 10% obese. Simultaneously 19% of children are overweight or obese. This will have a clear impact in organ transplant recipients and conversely also in donors. Guidelines are not definitively clear on what is possible and what is recommended and the role of obesity in transplantation morbidity. In this setting bariatric surgery is an issue, which should be considered.
While looking for increasing organs available for transplantation, there is a special group of organs “that nobody wants”: infected donors. An update will give us new clues.
This congress we will also share again a common session with coordinators and we will have the opportunity to honour a distinguished figure and pioneer in transplantation as well as excellence and innovation in Transplantation in Switzerland with STS awards. The scientific committee evaluated the scientific activity and the research in transplantation in Switzerland produced by prominent colleagues. The six best rated paper published in 2019 will be honoured by receiving the STS awards.
In introduction to the congress and following the interest in 2019, we continue the post-graduate meeting the day before the STS meeting. This provided the opportunity for fellows training in transplantation to meet some main actors of transplantation in Switzerland, while collecting continuing medical education points.
I look forward to meeting you in Thun and wish fruitful multidisciplinary and interprofessional discussions and friendship.
Prof. Maurice Matter