2020 American Transplant Congress Highlights

The American Transplant Congress (ATC), the must-attend conference for transplant professionals around the world, went virtual for the first time this year and took place May 30 - June 1, 2020.

As the first-ever virtual joint meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the 2020 event brought together approximately 3,800 attendees and exhibitors—a diverse mix of physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, organ procurement personnel, advanced transplant providers, pharmacists, administrators, and other transplant professionals.

The three-day event featured 2,220 abstracts, 518 oral presentations, and 1,105 poster presentations, all delivered through live broadcast and OnDemand sessions in a way that encouraged the exchange of new clinical and scientific information and supported an interchange of opinions regarding socioeconomic, ethical, and regulatory issues relevant to organ and tissue transplantation.

The ATC 2020 Virtual Congress will be available on the ATC website through June 4, 2021.

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 George Melville Williams, MD. Dr. Williams was recognized during the Awards Presentation Ceremony on Monday, June 1, 2020.

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 2020 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, May 31, by ASTS President Lloyd E. Ratner, MD, MPH. For a full list of grant recipients and their research projects, click here.

Presidential Address

Dr. Ratner gave his Presidential Address, “Arc of Change of Transplantation," on Sunday, May 31. The video is below.

See You Next Year!

Abstract submissions for the 2021 American Transplant Congress are expected to open Fall 2020. The event will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, June 5-9, 2020. To learn more, visit www.atcmeeting.org.