2019 American Transplant Congress Highlights

The 2019 American Transplant Congress (ATC), the must-attend conference for transplant professionals around the world, was held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston June 1-5. 

As the joint meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the 2019 event brought together approximately 4,500 attendees and exhibitors—a diverse mix of physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, organ procurement personnel, advanced transplant providers, pharmacists, administrators, and other transplant professionals. 

The five-day event featured 641 abstracts, 450 oral presentations, and more than 1,500 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. 

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’s Pioneer Award recipient was Hans W. Sollinger, MD, PhD, Dr hc. Dr. Sollinger was recognized during the Awards Presentation Ceremony on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the Hynes Convention Center Veterans Auditorium.

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 2019 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 2, by ASTS President Dixon B. Kaufman, MD, PhD. For a full list of grant recipients and their research projects, click here.  

Presidential Address

Dr. Kaufman also gave his Presidential Address on Monday, June 3. The video is below.  

See You Next Year!

Abstract submissions for the 2020 American Transplant Congress are expected to open Fall 2019. The event will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia 30 May – 3 June, 2020. To learn more, visit www.atcmeeting.org.

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