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 17th annual congress of the STS at the Congress Hotel Seepark in Thun.
We must congratulate once again the scientific Committee directed by Hendrik Tevaearai for the interesting program, which reflects the actuality in transplantation. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul declaration is the opportunity for us to discover the extent and the consequence of the problem in Europe and in Switzerland. Donation after circulatory determination of death (DCD) has a significant potential for solving the problems of the waiting list (27% of deceased donors in 2017) but the implementation of such a program in a hospital is not straightforward. A round table will try to give clues with involved specialists. These efforts must not obscure the other efforts represented by the initiative from the "Jeune Chambre Internationale" aiming to change the law and the successful introduction of the donor registry by Swisstransplant.
The initiative to share a common session with coordinators last year was well received. The coordinators corner will discuss with specialists another pertinent topic paralleling the ongoing organisation of a Swiss National Kidney Pair Donation Program: where are we know and what are the obstacles?
During the STS meeting, we have the opportunity to honour distinguished figures and pioneers in transplantation and we will pay a final respect to Prof. Felix Largiader who passed away in 2018. We are proud to present the scientific activity and the research in transplantation in Switzerland by prominent colleagues. Once again the six best rated paper published in 2018 will receive STS awards and the STS Excellence Award 2018 will be presented.
For the first time we decided to introduce a post-graduate meeting the day before the STS meeting so that fellows training in transplantation can meet some main actors of transplantation in Switzerland, while collecting continuing education points. They can also participate to the STS meeting but this avoids creating a gap in clinical continuity. We hope that this will be a welcome initiative.
I look forward to meeting you in Thun and wish fruitful multidisciplinary and interprofessional discussions and friendship.
President of STS
Hotel Seepark : to be booked by mail to : seminar(at)seepark.ch
Rates for information : Single at CHF 250.00 / Double at CHF 330.00
In order to get this special rate, please indicate the PASSWORD : STS 2019