BTS & NHSBT Congress Live 2021




Many of you will have seen that, in common with many other large conference venues, Manchester Central Convention Centre has been requisitioned as a Nightingale Hospital for an extended period until March 2021.

This means that we are unable to hold our joint BTS/NHSBT Congress from 24th – 26th February 2021 in Manchester, nor identify an alternative venue for a face to face meeting.

BTS and NHSBT recognise the value and importance of the joint congress to the organ donation and transplantation community and we are already working together to deliver an inspiring and interactive virtual meeting scheduled over the same days in February.

Please ‘save the dates’ and look out for further updates over the next few weeks as we develop your on-line Congress.



Diploma/MSc in Organ Transplantation: A totally on-line course

Date: Monday 19th October 2020

The registration for the next diet of purely online degree in Clinical Renal Transplantation at University of Liverpool is open now.

The programme commences on Monday 19th October 2020. This programme awards Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) and Master Degree (MSc) in Organ Transplantation suitable for nephrologists, surgeons and any related specialities.  In order to register, you will need to submit an application form, copy of qualifications, evidence of experience and first instalment of fee.

English language exam (IELTS) is NOT required for the entire programme (the whole MSc) for students who studied medicine in English.

For any enquiry, please contact us at:

For more details on the programme, fees and application, please visit the University of Liverpool website.




ESOT Webinar: Home Sweet Home

Monday 20 July, 18:00 – 19:00 CEST

How can liver transplant patients enjoy an improved quality of life whilst being compliant with their therapy and avoiding viral infection?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, transplant patients and clinicians have been faced with considerable challenges. In particular, immunosuppressed HBV liver transplant patients are required to receive on-going therapy to prevent HBV recurrence. To achieve comprehensive protection, it is recommended that patients, particularly those in the high-risk category, are administered a combination of antivirals and Hepatitis B-specific hyperimmunoglobulins (HBIG).

The intravenous and intramuscular administration of HBIG requires HBV liver transplant patients to visit the hospital and infusion ward, meaning patients are exposed to the risk of contracting COVID-19 through increased contact with both healthcare professionals, care-givers and other patients.

Subcutaneous administration offers an alternative option that allows the patient to administer HBIG by themselves at home. This ensures the patient receives essential medication without coming in to contact with others, which both reduces the patients’ risk of exposure to COVID-19 and allows healthcare professionals to focus on COVID-19 patients. Moreover, with therapy from home, comes greater flexibility and freedoms which increases compliance and quality of life for the patient.

ESOT, together with BIOTEST, is organising this webinar to discuss how immunosuppressed transplant patients can be kept safe from HBV-reinfection and COVID-19, whilst enjoying an improved quality of life, through self-administration of subcutaneous HBIG at home.

Join us and panellists Professor Jean Hardwigsen and Dr Riccardo Volpesto learn more.




Year of the Nurse & Midwife

ETAHP (European Transplant Allied Health Professionals), this is a committee of the ESOT (European Society for Organ Transplantation).

Our aim is to unite allied healthcare professionals throughout Europe to ensure the best possible care to all transplant patients, with the aim to optimize patient outcomes.
Because this year is the year of the nurse ( ) we would like to make a collection of all nurse researchers and their research in the field of transplantation in Europe.  This to get a clear picture what kind of research there is in our field and also to make a stronger network. We want to share this collection on our webpage and the social media pages of ESOT.
If you want to be included in this collection please send me your information below:
  • Picture of yourself
  • Email (only for me to contact you, we will not share this)
  • Name
  • Title
  • Degree
  • Occupation/Specialty
  • Affiliation/department
  • Hospital/University
  • City of your hospital/university
  • Field of research
  • List of your publications

We are also looking for new board members especially in the pediatric field of transplantation, feel free to contact me on the email address above.

On behalf of the ETAHP committee thank you very much for your cooperation.
Marleen van Buren
Nurse Practitioner/ PhD candidate
Internal Medicine
Nephrology & Kidney Transplantation




Liver transplantation and COVID-19

Monday 13 July – 18:00-19:00 CEST

A joint ESOT, EASL & ILTS Project

ESOT, EASL and ILTS are proud to announce a joint initiative on the impact of COVID-19 on liver transplantation, with a joint survey focusing on liver transplant candidates and waiting lists.

With this webinar, we will launch this important collaboration: ESOT, EASL and ILTS speakers will discuss the effects of the pandemic on liver transplantation in Europe and in the United States as well as the response of medical societies in regard to education.



Prepping the Kidney Transplants of the Future

Monday 6 July – 18:00-19:00 CEST

The promise of xenotransplantation

Building on the rapidly evolving field of xenotransplantation for treatment of heart failure, this webinar will expand the discussion also to patients with kidney failure, and discuss the regulatory hurdles, selection criteria and endpoints that are anticipated for clinical xenotransplant trials.

Lorna Marson and Stefan Schneeberger are the session leaders for this webinar that features an all-star cast of specialist speakers.



4th UCL Renal Transplantation Course

Date: 16 – 18 September 2020

Live-streamed each day from 09:00–17:00 hrs (BST)
This course will now be live-streamed. Participants will also be able to access the archived version for four weeks after the event.


This three-day course provides an update on renal transplantation for nephrology clinicians, trainee renal transplant surgeons and nurses specialising in this field.

Through lectures, case-based discussions and small group workshops, the course covers clinical aspects of kidney transplants, from donor and recipient selection through to surgical and medical management post-transplant.


Learning outcomes

The course will help you:

  • understand how to assess kidney donors and recipients, the critical features of surgical transplantation, tissue typing and the medical management of kidney transplant recipients
  • gain up-to-date knowledge of acute developments in the clinical management of transplantation and its complications
  • evaluate real cases of donor and recipient assessment, cross-matching and infectious complications of transplantation
  • critically reflect on ways to improve current practice and the patient pathway


Registration Fees

The fees for three days are:

  • Consultants: £405
  • Trainees: £385
  • NHS nursing staff/transplant coordinators: £180*


Online booking is through UCL Online Store.

*We are able to provide a number of free 1-day places to NHS renal nursing staff. Please email for more information.

Further details can be found on our course webpage.

Course Admin:
Kate Henderson
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8016 8264





The Application for Senior Transplant Physicians

Spread of SARS-CoV-2 poses a challenge to all of us. Therefore, the European Board of Transplantation Medicine (EBTM) extends this year the deadline to apply for the Honorary Diploma in Transplantation Medicine (HD).

The application for Senior Transplant Physicians starts on April 20, 2020.
Deadline for submission of HD applications is September 15, 2020.

Continuous experience as specialist practicing in recognized National Health Services or University posts for at least 10 years is required. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application and evaluation process please visit

or contact

Susanne Beckebaum
Chair of the European Board of Transplantation Medicine (EBTM)

Speranta Iacob
Senior Secretary of the European Board of Transplantation Medicine (EBTM)




Exam for Transplantation Medicine

The upcoming Exam for Transplantation Medicine will be held every other year in connection with the ESOT Congress 2021, which will take place in Milan, Italy from 29th August to 1st September 2021.

The candidate must have a minimum of 2 years of training in transplantation medicine.
For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application and examination process please visit

or contact

Susanne Beckebaum
Chair of the European Board of Transplantation Medicine (EBTM)

Speranta Iacob
Senior Secretary of the European Board of Transplantation Medicine (EBTM)




Edinburgh Normothermic Regional Perfusion Masterclass


The Edinburgh NRP Masterclass is a comprehensive course covering the theory and the practical aspects of normothermic regional perfusion.

The course is aimed at surgeons, theatre practitioners and perfusionists with an interest in normothermic regional perfusion.

The programme contains a mixture of lectures, interactive cases and a significant practical component covering set-up, technical procedure, blood analysis and interpretation, and simulations. The course is delivered by experts in the field, and it is anticipated that on completion of the course attendees will be in a strong position to set up an NRP service in their own units.

Course directors
Gabriel Oniscu – Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Director, Edinburgh Transplant Centre
Andrew Sutherland – Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Edinburgh Transplant Centre
Fiona Hunt – Lead Perfusion and Preservation Practitioner, Edinburgh Transplant Centre