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The 3rd National UK Organ Perfusion Symposium will be held in Newcastle on the 29th and 30th June 2017. Organised by the NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation, the symposium offers the opportunity to hear the latest developments in cardiothoracic and abdominal donor organ perfusion and share experience across organs. The course also includes hands-on wet-lab training on ex-vivo organ perfusion.

Registration includes drinks reception and gala dinner, and costs £75.  Discounted accommodation is also available.  For more information and registration, visit the symposium website.

In collaboration with The University of Yale, the Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge is hosting a Transplant Education Meeting. The event will take place at Trinity Hall, Cambridge on Wednesday 14th to 16th September 2016.

The programme includes sessions on Transplant Immunology, living donors, organ perfusion, marginal organs, medico-legal aspects, training and a series of case discussions.

To register your interest please contact Dr Sarah Hosgood. Email: [email protected]

NHSBT Multi – Organ Retrieval Masterclass

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December 2016

Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel, Vesalius Clinical Training Centre, Bristol University

This is a two-day annual workshop designed to optimise the quality of organs offered for transplantation by improving retrieval practice. The course is aimed at surgical trainees with an interest in abdominal (liver, pancreas, kidney) and cardio-thoracic (heart, lung) organ donation and transplantation. It includes lectures and workshops together with practical demonstrations of relevant techniques involving all participants.

For those who seek competency to participate in a NORS team in the UK this Masterclass is a mandatory part of the required competency accreditation as a retrieval surgeon in the UK.

To register your interest, please send your details to [email protected]

Do you want to increase your skills in evidence-based decision-making?


Attend the “Evidence in Transplantation (EVIT) course”, which is held at the Royal College of Surgeons of England on 8-9 April, 2016 and jointly organised by ESOT and the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation. This interactive course covers clinical research methods, including clinical trial design and interpretation, literature searching, critical appraisal, systematic reviews and statistics for evidence appraisal.

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Educational bursaries of up to £500 are available for trainee members of the British Transplantation Society (more info).

This year’s Organ Retrieval Masterclass will be held in Oxford on Monday/Tuesday, 7th/8th December 2015.  In order to achieve competency for organ retrieval surgery as a NORS Team surgeon registered with NHS Blood and Transplant, attendance at the Masterclass and completion of the abdominal E-Learning modules are mandatory.  The Masterclass covers all aspects of retrieval with hands-on cadaveric operating.

The course cost will be in the region of £375 which includes accommodation and meals at the Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford.

The course is open to anyone interested in retrieval surgery – SHO, SpR, fellow etc.  If you are interested, please e-mail Kathy Zalewska or Caroline Wills at NHSBT –  [email protected] or [email protected]

Just a reminder that there are still places available for the Organ retreival masterclass in Oxford Thursday/Friday next week.  The course is a requirement if you want to be a retrieval surgeon registered with NHSBT, and covers all aspects of retrieval with hands-on cadaveric operating.

 The course is a bargain at £300 for the two days, £350 with 4-star accommodation at the Four Pillars Hotel.  The price also includes a three course meal on Thursday evening with drinks!
The course is open to anyone interested in retrieval sugery – SHO, SpR, fellow etc.  If you are interested, please e-mail Trudy Monday at NHSBT – [email protected]

A new national survey has opened, giving patients, their carers and the healthcare professionals looking after them an opportunity to submit questions about kidney transplantation and living donation that they think should be addressed in future research.


The survey is open to all healthcare professionals caring for people who have had a kidney transplant, are on the transplant waiting list or living donors. The questions you ask will help inform future research and will be highly valuable to researchers and research funders.

Please visit the Kidney Transplant PSP website until the 30th of November to participate. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The Carrel Club annual meeting will be held on the 28/11/2014 at the Park Inn in Cardiff. The theme of the meeting will be collaborative research in transplantation, and we have speakers lined up including Professor Sir Peter Morris from the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation and Professor Peter McCulloch from the IDEAL collaboration amongst others.

During the meeting, we will be developing the first project to be undertaken by the Carrel Club Transplant Research Collaborative. Please submit your brief suggestions for a national, collaborative, trainee-led audit or service evaluation project beforehand for a chance to win the ability to lead the project!

The cost of registration will be £30 – this includes dinner on the 27th, bed and breakfast and the meeting cost. Such great value has been made possible by an educational grant from Novartis.

I you are interested in attending, please register your interest at [email protected].