History of the BTS

Organ transplantation, for centuries an almost unachievable aspiration, became a reality in 1954 when the first successful kidney transplant was performed by Joseph Murray in Boston.

The stimulus of that success and its consequences led in 1971 to the creation of the British Transplantation Society, (BTS) whose objective is to promote transplantation in all its forms.

The science and practice of transplantation have expanded greatly since its early days, with much improved outcomes and many advances in treatment.

The downloadable ‘The History of the British Transplantation Society’ by James Douglas, tells the story of the society from its beginning.

It also outlines the processes by which transplantation first became possible and the ways in which it has expanded, thanks to the skill and dedication of many individuals and the selfless altruism of organ donors and relatives. These are ongoing stories, which will evolve with time and improving knowledge, for which there is still a great need.

It is hoped that the history will prove interesting to BTS members, students of transplantation and other readers, whose comments and suggestions for additions and improvements are welcome.

Previous Honorary Members, Chairmen and Presidents of the BTS

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Honorary Members

› 1972
George D SNELL

› 1973
Peter B MEDAWAR

› 1975
Michael FA WOODRUFF

› 1978
Jean HAMBUGER

› 1987
Mary G McGEOWN

› 1988
Rupert E BILLINGHAM

› 1988
Leslie BRENT

› 1995
John R SALAMAN

› 1995
Ross MR TAYLOR

› 1995
J Richard BATCHELOR

› 1996
Terence ENGLISH

› 1997
Roy Y CALNE

› 1997
Peter J MORRIS

› 1999
Anthony D BARNES

› 2002
Walter F BODMER

› 2002
Magdi YACOUB

› 2004
Douglas BRIGGS

› 2004
RWG JOHNSON

› 2004
Robert SELLS

› 2004
Paul TERASAKI

› 2010
Paul McMASTER

› 2011
Elizabeth SIMPSON

› 2013
Professor Chris RUDGE CBE

› 2013
Elisabeth BUGGINS CBE

› 2013
Professor John WALLWORK CBE

› 2014
Mr Oswald N FERNANDO

Chairmen and Presidents of The British Transplantation Society

Presidents of The British Transplantation Society


› 1982 – 1984
John R Salaman

1984 – 1987
Robert A Sells

1987 – 1990
Ross MR Taylor

1990 – 1993
J Douglas Briggs

1993 – 1996
John W Fabre

1996 – 1999
Robert WG Johnson

1999 – 2002
J Andrew Bradley

2002 – 2005
Philip A Dyer

2005 – 2007
John LR Forsythe

2007 – 2009
Peter J Friend

2009 – 2011
Keith M Rigg

2011 – 2013
Christopher JE Watson

2013 – 2015
Anthony N Warrens

 

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The Early History of the Treatment of Renal Failure by Haemodialysis and Transplantation in the UK  – A Memoir by John Hopewell

Before 1960 there was virtually no treatment for the common problem of end-stage renal failure in the United Kingdom. By 1970 every region had a unit capable of treating it by haemodialysis and transplantation, which have continued as complementary treatments to the present time.

This development, a notable and rapid advance in clinical practice, deserves historical record.  Read the full memoir by John Hopewell.

 

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Rachel Hilton

Our membership is open to everyone working professionally in the field of transplantation, whatever your role. It includes clinicians from a wide range of specialities, basic scientists, scientists working in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, nurses, donor coordinators, professions allied to medicine and ethicists and more.”

Rachel HiltonBTS Treasurer
Lisa Burnapp

“The BTS is actively involved in developing national policy; commenting to the media on all issues relating to organ donation and transplantation; and, of course, developing the scientific, clinical and ethical practices that we all work to on a daily basis.”

Lisa BurnappBTS General Secretary