A three-day conference of Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT-2016) organised by the Department of Nephrology has concluded successfully, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGI) said on Monday. A statement said that at the conference, various CMEs, sessions and workshops on newer techniques of organ retrieval and transplantation, minimal or no scar surgery, pediatric transplantation and post-transplant complications were held.
The conference and CME was attended by about 800 delegates from India and abroad and 25 experts from USA, UK, France and SAARC countries. “Every day in the morning and evening, plenary sessions were organised, which were followed by multiple parallel sessions including all-solid organ transplantations like kidney, liver, small bowel and pancreas transplantation, heart and lung transplantation, and hand transplantations,” the statement said.
“There were also parallel sessions on transplant infectious diseases and transplant pathology which were very interactive and well attended,” said the statement. According to PGI doctors, during the conference, the doctors discussed the measures to increase deceased donor pool and donation after cardiac death. “There were also talks on how to perform renal transplantation in highly sensitised patients as well as across the blood group barrier. An entire session was dedicated on measures to decrease the cost of transplantation and making it more affordable. The experts also explained about the newer strategies and latest technology to diagnose graft rejections, as well as early detection of infections,” it said.
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A session was dedicated on the role of National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organization (NOTTO), which is a National level organization set up under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. “There was also a special session of the Transplant status in SAARC countries, where various speakers from SAARC countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal shared their experience of establishing the solid organ transplant and various challenges in SAARC countries,” the statement said, adding that special features of the Meeting were the Symposium on Containment of Cost towards Renal Transplantation as well as the Measures to improve the Deceased (cadaver) donor Transplants.
PGIMER transplant coordinator wins award
A transplant coordinator from PGI has won Swamy Narayan Best Transplant Coordinator Award 2016. A PGI statement said Saryu D Madra, Consultant (IEC& Media), ROTTO, PGI, has also been awarded for the best poster in the scientific poster category at the 9th Annual Transplant Coordinators’ Conference. The conference was organised by the National Association of Transplant Coordinators (NATCO) under the aegis of Indian society of organ transplantation (ISOTCON 2016) October 8 and 9.