Dear Colleagues and Congress Attendees,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 16th Annual Congress of the Swiss Transplantation Society (STS) at the Congress Hotel Seepark in Thun.
The Scientific Committee headed by Hendrik Tevaearai has arranged a very attractive and interesting program. A whole session will be dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study (STCS). The STCS represents a significant achievement of the Swiss transplantation community and it is time to draw a balance. Key persons of the STCS will look back in time and reveal us the future shape of the STCS.
Last year, we started a new format consisting of a moderated roundtable discussion with an audience voting system. We received many positive feedbacks, but also some criticism, which helped us to make further improvements. This year, the participants of the roundtable will discuss the topic “Benchmarking: Blessing or Curse?” Don’t miss it, vote, and participate in the discussion!
We are very pleased to introduce the “Coordinator’s Corner” in the annual meeting of the STS. This session is organized by the Swiss Donation & Transplant Association (SDTA). I am convinced that this joint session will further strengthen the collaboration among all involved persons in the field of transplantation in Switzerland.
Further topics at this meeting cover the future of immunosuppression, donor transmitted cancer, and the use of marginal donors.
Our annual meeting is also the perfect place to honor excellent scientists and persons, who made outstanding contributions to the development of transplantation in Switzerland. The authors of the six best rated papers published in 2017 will receive Swiss Transplantation Society awards. In addition, the winner of the Astellas award will be presented. Finally, we will celebrate the 2018 Honorary Member of the Swiss Transplantation Society.
I am looking forward to meeting you in Thun to enjoy science, discussions, and friendship.
President of the Swiss Transplantation Society