2018 American Transplant Congress Highlights

The 2018 American Transplant Congress (ATC), the must-attend conference for transplant professionals around the world, was held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle June 2–6.

As the joint meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the 2018 event brought together nearly 5,000 attendees and exhibitors—a diverse mix of physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, organ procurement personnel, advanced transplant providers, pharmacists, administrators, and other transplant professionals.

 “The American Transplant Congress provided the opportunity for all professionals in transplantation to come together to share basic and clinical research, debate the hottest topics, explore the latest innovative technology, reconnect with colleagues and friends around the world, and collaborate to identify future opportunities for the advancement of our field,” said Dr. Matthew Cooper, ASTS Chair of the Executive Planning Committee. “The Congress remains one of the most anticipated events in the transplantation field.”

The five-day event featured nearly 1,800 abstracts, 500+ oral presentations, and more than 1,200 poster presentations, all delivered in a way that encouraged the exchange of new clinical and scientific information and supported an interchange of opinions regarding care management and socioeconomic, ethical, and regulatory issues relevant to organ and tissue transplantation.

“The ATC offers diverse educational programs for transplant professionals, a wide range of concurrent sessions covering all relevant topics in transplantation, in depth discussion of challenging issues facing the field, as well as controversies, emerging concepts, and updates from ongoing clinical trials. So, there was something new for everyone engaged in transplantation,” added Xian Chang Li, AST Chair of the Executive Planning Committee.

If you attended this year’s ATC and need to claim credits, please email education@asts.org; if you were not able to attend, ATC OnDemand is available to ASTS members for $299 and includes streaming sessions, speaker handouts, and more.

ASTS Pioneer Award

The ASTS Pioneer award is the most distinguished award bestowed upon an individual by the ASTS for a significant contribution to the field of transplantation. This year, ASTS President Jean C. Emond MD, presented the award posthumously to Olga M. Jonasson, MD, FACS, FRCS. Nancy L. Ascher, MD, PhD, accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Jonasson. Click here to read about Dr. Jonasson. The award presentation begins at 45:25 in the video below, after the AJT awards.

AJT Awards

The AJT Award honors meritorious articles published in the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) in the prior calendar year by members of AST and ASTS. Dr. Allan Kirk, Editor-in-Chief of the AJT, presented Outstanding Article Awards to the authors of articles in the categories of Basic Science, Translational, and Clinical Research.  

ASTS Research Grants

The ASTS Research Grants were presented on Sunday, June 3, by ASTS President Jean C. Emond, MD. For a full list of grant recipients and their research projects, click here. The Research Grants presentation can be viewed in the video above starting at 33:40.

Presidential Address

Dr. Emond also gave his Presidential Address, “The Art and Science of Transplantation Surgery” on Monday, June 4. The video is below.

See You Next Year!

Abstract submissions for the 2019 American Transplant Congress are expected to open Fall 2018. The event will be held at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston June 1–5, 2019. To learn more, visit www.atcmeeting.org.