PRE-CONGRESS WEBINARS

The ESOT Congress 2021 features a series of pre-congress webinars, designed to foster constructive discussion and promote interaction in the run-up to the meeting.

A comprehensive programme of pre-congress webinars have been developed to cover the most relevant topics and innovations in organ transplantation prior to the meeting. 

ESOT warmly welcomes attendance from the transplant community to these complimentary events, which will be used to feed into the programme and events at this year’s Congress. 

View the full list of pre-congress webinars below, which includes upcoming registration links and access to previous recordings. Each webinar is colour-coded based on their domain

Upcoming Webinars

Developing donation programs in the Balkans and beyond - Wednesday 28 April 18:00 (CEST)

Despite some national and international efforts in the past ten years, organ donation and transplantation in the majority of Balkan countries is still lagging behind. This session is meant to be an opportunity to discuss present hurdles and perspectives for setting up a new program, or for further developing the existing program in selected Balkans countries. Educational and organizational aspects of both approaches will also be grasped, as well as possible ways to handle the requests for healthcare in other countries put forward by patients, who are resident in the area.

Who should attend?

Transplant Coordinators, Policy Makers

Creators and Moderators:

Patrizia Burra | Padova, Italy – Creator and Moderator
Massimo Cardillo | Rome, Itay – Creator and Moderator
Paola Di Ciaccio | Rome, Italy – Creator and Moderator

Speakers:

Andreia Popovic |Banja Luka, Republik of Sprska
Marija Rajkovic | Belgrade, Serbia
Radu Zamfir | Bucharest, Romania
Mirela Busic | Zagreb, Croatia

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Gender specific care after solid organ transplantation - Wednesday 5 May 18:00 (CEST)

Current research indicates that there are significant gender differences in symptom distress after solid organ transplantation, specifically regarding the prevalence of chronic pain, fatigue, decreased libido, mood changes, and perception of appearance. The aim of this webinar is to provide an overview of these disparities and discuss the relevance of a multi-professional gender specific follow-up regarding symptom management and sexual health.

Who should attend?

The multi-professional team, but specifically physicians involved in long-term follow-up

Creators and Moderators:

Umberto Cillo | Padova, Italy – Moderator
Ana Breithaupt | São Paulo, Brazil – Moderator

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Ex-vivo lung perfusion: State of the art and perspectives - Tuesday 11 May 18:00 (CEST)

The Ex-vivo lung perfusion is perhaps the most intriguing innovation that has been introduced in lung transplantation in the last twenty years. Its potential promises to be exceptional but just as burning may be the disappointments. This session aims to seize the opportunities offered by the EVLP drawing inspiration from the practice of international experts.

Who should attend?

Clinicians interested in lung reconditioning

Creators and Moderators:

Mario Nosotti | Milan, Italy – Creator and Moderator
Massimo Boffini | Torino, Italy – Creator and Moderator

Speakers:

Clemens Aigner | Essen, Germany
Arne Neyrinck | Leuven, Belgium
Ilhan Inci | Zurich, Switzerland
Frank D’Ovidio | New York, USA

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Machine perfusion and kidney transplantation: More than preservation - Thursday 13 May 18:00 (CEST)

Kidney graft preservation has been the main goal of machine perfusion since the introduction of this technique. In the last few years, we learned that this approach might help us in the evaluation of the organ quality, but only recently we are realizing the kidney perfusion might represent a chance to modulate the inflammatory response within the graft before transplantation. The aim of this  webinar is to provide an update on the different approaches that we might employ in this setting to reduce the incidence of post-transplant immune-mediated graft damage.

Who should attend?

Clinicians interested in kidney reconditioning

Creators and Moderators:

Giuseppe Grandaliano | Roma, Italy –Creator and Moderator
Matteo Ravaioli | Bologna, Italy – Moderator

Speakers:

Giuseppe Castellano | Foggia, Italy
John R Ferdinand | Cambridge, UK
Emily Thompson | Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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The onset of liver transplant oncology era - Wednesday 19 May 17:30 (CEST)

A massive investment on clinical and research issues has been done in the last decades in the field of transplantation for HCC. After the introduction of DAA donor resource might be used in the direction of an increased number of transplants performed for oncologic indications. New potential indications are now under evaluation

Who should attend?

Liver transplant surgeons and physicians

Creators and Moderators:

Umberto Cillo | Padova, Italy – Creator and Moderator
Vincenzo Mazzaferro | Milan, Italy – Creator and Moderator

Speakers

Umberto Cillo | Padova, Italy
Vincenzo Mazzaferro | Milan, Italy
Matteo Muller | Zurich, Switzerland
David James Pinato | London, United Kingdom
Tommy Ivanics | Toronto, Canada

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Developing living kidney donation - Wednesday 26 May 18:00 (CEST)

This webinar will discuss new aspects in living donor selection, new techniques in order to minimize surgical trauma in living donors; immunological barriers in living kidney transplantation.

Who should attend?

Transplant surgeons, nephrologists, immunologists

Creators and Moderators:

Paolo Rigotti | Padova, Italy – Creator
Frank Dor | London, UK – Moderator

Speakers:

Lluís Guirado | Barcelona, Spain
Enrico Benedetti | Chicago, USA
Emanuele Cozzi | Padova, Italy

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Machine perfusion of the liver: where are we going? - Monday 31 May 18:00 (CEST)

Machine perfusion of the liver combined the advantages of organ reconditioning, viability testing, and improved transplant logistics. But further research is needed in this field. We provide here the most up-to-date view of this challenging field of medicine.

Who should attend?

Clinicians interested in liver reconditioning

Creators and Moderators:

Rianne Van Rijn | Groningen, The Netherlands – Moderator
Diethard Monbalieu | Leuven, Belgium – Moderator

Speakers:

Luciano De Carlis | Milan, Italy
James V. Guarrera | New Jersey, USA
Peter Friend | Oxford, UK
Andrea Schlegel | Birmingham, UK
Phillip Dutkowski | Zürich, Switzerland
Paolo Muiesan | Pisa, Italy
Davide Ghinolfi | Pisa, Italy

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Ex-vivo organ preservation: New clinical and experimental opportunities - Thursday 3 June 18:00 (CEST)

Ex-vivo normothermic perfusion system, demonstrated to be reliable for solid organ transplant storage and transport of valuable importance in DCD graft recovery and assessment can also be used as a platform to deliver a molecular or biological therapy to the donor organ prior to implant. Promising and exciting experimental studies are on the move.

Who should attend?

Clinicians interested in heart reconditioning

Creators and Moderators:

Ugolino Livi | Udine, Italy – Creator and Moderator
Wiebke Sommer | Leipzig, Germany – Moderator

Speakers:

Fabio Ius | Hannover, Germany
Sandro Sponga | Udine, Italy
James D. McCully | Boston, USA
Dawn E. Bowles | Durham, USA

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Updates in pancreatic islet transplantation - Thursday 10 June 18:00 (CEST)

Clinical update in the field of islet transplantation, giving a picture of the state of the art (long term survival of the graft and immunosuppression related issues) and of the future projects (alternative sources of beta cells)

Who should attend?

Pancreas/Islet transplant surgeons and physicians

Creators and Moderators:

Antonio Secchi | Milan, Italy – Creator and Moderator
Paola Maffi | Milan, Italy – Creator and Moderator

Speakers:

Thierry Berney | Geneva, Switzerland
Bernard Hering | Minnesota, USA
Rodolfo Alejandro | Miami, USA
Lorenzo Piemonti | Milan, Italy

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Establishing an Normothermic Regional Perfusion Programme - Wednesday 16 June 18:00 (CEST)

What is normothermic regional perfusion (NRP) and why should we invest in it? Where are the pitfalls and how can I start a programme in my centre? Aimed at the starter level. This webinar will provide an introduction to Machine Perfusion Hands-On Course, and is mandatory for those who register to Wet Labs during ESOT Congress 2021 in Milan.

Who should attend?

Clinicians interested in starting NRP Programme. Beginner level.

Creators and Moderators:

Gabriel Oniscu | Edinburgh, UK – Creator and Moderator
Sarah Hosgood | Cambridge, UK – Creator and Moderator
Constantino Fondevila | Barcelona, Spain – Moderator 

Speakers:

Corrine Antoine | Paris, France
Gabriel Oniscu | Edinburgh, UK
Amelia Hessheimer | Barcelona, Spain

Chris Johnston | Edinburgh, UK
Fiona Hunt | Edinburgh, UK

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Basic principles of machine perfusion - Wednesday 23 June 18:00 (CEST)

The basic principles and practises of machine perfusion aimed for perfusionists, nurses and junior trainees. The programme will provide an overview of the different types of machine perfusion available. Discuss the cellular physiology of hypothermic and normothermic perfusion conditions and the required conditions and technologies. The webinar will also discuss montioring and assessment of the organ during perfusion.

Who should attend?

Perfusionists, nurses and junior trainees working or interested in working with machine perfusions. Beginner level

Creators and Moderators:

Sarah Hosgood | Cambridge, UK – Creator and Moderator

Speakers:

Sarah Hosgood | Cambridge, UK
Cyril Moers | Groningen, The Netherlands

Tom Smith | Cambridge, UK
James Hunter | Oxford, UK

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Models of kidney exchange and chains - Tuesday 29 June 18:00 (CEST)

To discuss possible solutions and problems to transplant incompatible couples. Diffusing the living donor kidney transplant culture and to overcome possible barriers due to incompatibility and presenting an overview of incompatible couples living donor renal transplantation current practice worldwide

Who should attend?

The multi-professional team, but specifically physicians involved in long-term follow-up

Creators and Moderators:

Franco Citterio | Rome, Italy – Creator and Moderator
Nizam Mamode | London, UK – Moderator

Speakers:

Lisa Burnapp | London, UK
Bernadette Haase-Kromwijk | Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Michael Rees | Toledo, USA
Frederike Ambagtsheer | Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Previous Webinars

Transplant nurses in the spotlight: Essentials of transplant nursing in Europe - Wednesday 14 April 18:00 (CEST)

This webinar aims at highlighting the essentials of transplant nursing in Europe: mission statement, clinical practice, education and research.
This webinar has been designed to discuss the need for a European Framework for Transplant Nursing and Transplant Nursing research. During this 60 minute webinar participants will review short pre-recorded documentaries, follow live lectures, engage with the speakers and attendees in two live interactive Q&A sessions.

Who should attend?

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

Creator and Moderators:

Anna Forsberg | Lund, Sweden – Creator
Karin Edlund | Gothenburg, Sweden – Moderator
Rutger Groothuis | Groningen, The Netherlands – Moderator

Speakers:

Anna Forsberg| Lund, Sweden
Rutger Groothuis | Groningen, The Netherlands
Irena Milaniak | Krakow, Poland
Marleen van Buren | Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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