Update from the Nancy Ascher, TTS 2018 Congress Chair / TTS President

Update! New Congress Features & Abstract Submission Deadline Extension

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing today to give you an update on some new important features and enhancements for the TTS 2018 Madrid Congress, abstract deadline extension, and some of the great benefits that you and your Young Investigators may benefit from in attending the meeting.

The abstract deadline has officially been extended to December 6, 2017 due to general demand from the transplantation community. We have been made aware of a number of conflicting timelines on grant submissions, Thanksgiving holidays, and other commitments around the World. Despite overwhelming numbers of abstracts received, we want to make sure to get everyone’s abstract. This will be the only extension allowed. The abstracts already submitted are now being peer-reviewed as planned originally.

Nancy Ascher
TTS President / Congress Chair

New Features

Lunch & Learn Sessions

Select one of 60 lunch & learn sessions hosted by Senior Investigators. Preliminary topics and speakers are now available on our website.

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Find & Fill the Gap Contest

Launching November 21 - We want you to contribute to the Congress by finding a gap in the congress program and submitting your own proposal to fill it. Submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee and the top proposals will be voted on by the community. Winners will be part of the official program and be hosted in the TTS Innovation Studio in the Exhibit Hall.

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The TTS Innovation Studio

This amphitheater (50 chairs) located in the TTS lounge in the exhibit hall will host interviews and continued discussions with plenary and SOTA speakers in morning and afternoon coffee breaks as well as “Find & Fill the Gap” sessions in between.

New Pre-Congress Meetings

In addition to the Post-Graduate Course we have added symposia on Infectious Diseases, Xeno-Advancing to the Clinic, Transplant Nursing 101, Transplant Wellness, Virtual Global Transplant Library, Pediatrics in Transplantation, and Women in Transplantation. Details will be made available by mid-January when registration officially opens.

Lunches are now included in the registration fees

No searching for food onsite. All attendees will be nourished!

Mentorship and trainees

I, as many of you, was introduced to the Society and the Congress by a mentor. In my case, John Najarian encouraged me to participate at a TTS Congress and this encouragement and support helped me discover new connections, make new friends and foster ideas. Our main congress theme is “Outcome Driven” however I believe that “Discover and Connect” is another equally important theme for the Congress. As such we are providing many awards for Young Investigators and Trainees, very low registration fees, affordable housing and much more. Take a moment to visit our website and review the “Young Investigator / Student Guide to TTS 2018”.

Program Update

We have published our Plenary and State-of-the-Art Speakers on our website and are going to unveil the Early Morning Symposia Sessions by the end of the month.

See you in Madrid!

I hope you will join TTS and our local hosts, the Sociedad Española de Trasplante and Sociedad Madrileña de Trasplantes, to showcase one of the best organ donation systems in the world, to make new connections, to learn and to help us shape the future of transplantation.


Nancy Ascher, MD
President, The Transplantation Society
Congress Chair, TTS 2018

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