Statement on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) & our 2020 Seoul Congress

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to be the focus of all of us in the medical community worldwide. On behalf of the TTS Leadership, we wish to inform you of our ongoing review and analysis of this situation as it relates to our congress, TTS 2020 to be held in Seoul in September 2020.

Our first and primary concern is for the health and welfare of all — delegates, exhibitors and the wider community.

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We are also cognizant of the fact that many of our members, delegates and speakers currently have travel restrictions from their governments and/or institutions. It is important to note, however, that our congress is still 6 months away and that South Korea has been praised by many, including the WHO, for the efforts and commitment to greatly slow the epidemic through its most expansive and well-organized testing program, combined with extensive efforts to isolate infected people, and trace and quarantine their contacts. We are hopeful that Seoul, and travel to Seoul, will be safe for all come this September.

As many congresses have been cancelled this year, we believe it is particularly important to have a congress such as ours to share the collective knowledge of our community, to the extent that we can do so safely for all.

We will continue to monitor developments throughout the world, and advise you by early April should anything change regarding TTS 2020.

To our many members who are front line clinicians, we wish to express our gratitude for your tireless efforts in combatting this outbreak.

Participate in the most important congress of 2020 in the field of transplantation!

Confirmed Speakers

Stay tuned for updates as the Congress Program comes into focus!
  • Precision Medicine in Cancer-Applications to Transplantation

    Alan Ashworth, United States
    President, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; Senior Vice President for Cancer Services, UCSF Health; Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, UCSF
  • Global Access to Transplant

    Beatriz Dominguez-Gil, Spain
    Director General, Organización Nacional De Trasplantes (ONT)
  • Quantum Computing-Application to Medicine / Transplant

    Shohini Ghose, Canada
    Professor, Physics and Computer Science;
    Director, Centre for Women in Science (WinS);
    President, Canadian Association of Physicists
  • Gender Equality in Transplantation – Why are Donors Predominantly Women and Recipients Men?

    Vivek Kute, India
    Professor, Nephrology and Transplantation H.l. Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences
  • Role of Microbiome in Transplantation

    Charles Mackay, Australia
    Professor (Research), Microbiology, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
  • Bringing Drugs/Procedures to Clinical Reality

    Inish O’Doherty, United States
    Executive Director, Type 1 Diabetes Consortium Adviser, Transplant Therapeutics Consortium at C-Paths
  • The Burden of CKD in China

    Luxia Wang, People’s Republic of China
    Professor, Peking University First Hospital Assistant Dean of National Institute of Health Data Science at Peking University

Important Deadlines:

Abstract Launch:
October 2019

Abstract Deadline:
February 18
March 3
April 6

Abstract presenter
registration deadline:
June 15
Mentee-Mentor Awards Application Deadline:
March 23, 2020
April 7, 2020

Young Investigator Awards Application Deadline:
March 23, 2020
April 7, 2020

Registration IS NOW OPEN
Early-Bird Deadline:
July 10, 2020

What our past congress attendees have told us:

  • 92%

    Congress met their expectations
  • 96%

    Sessions content either good or excellent
  • 94%

    Congress was relevant to their work
  • 92%

    Will implement what they have learned to their practice
Join us in Seoul, Korea!

From the Congress Chairs...

Welcome to TTS 2020!

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 28th International Congress of The Transplantation Society (TTS 2020) in Seoul, South Korea on September 12 to 16, 2020 at COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, one of South Korea’s largest convention and exhibition venues.

TTS is the only global transplantation society that encompasses all of the disciplines in the field of transplantation, and this congress will be an ideal opportunity to share our knowledge and learn from each other so as to maintain standards and expand the field of transplantation together. With over 4,000 participants expected to attend, TTS 2020 promises to be a great occasion to present the latest techniques, and exchange information and valuable academic research findings in the field of transplantation. The Program Committee and the Local Organizing Committee are dedicated to organizing a challenging and interesting program for the congress participants bringing a large number of world-renowned scientists together to share their expertise, remarkable achievements and most recent findings.

Seoul is a truly cosmopolitan city that is an exciting and vibrant combination of modern and traditional, offering its visitors a compelling mixture of technology, rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Globally, Seoul has become a world-class city of Northeast Asia. As the hub of transport, logistics and information technologies, Seoul enjoys advanced urban infrastructures, and everyone has easy access to information. We are proud to welcome guests from all over the world to Seoul, and to have the opportunity to provide participants with a scientific program of exceptional quality in conjunction with a unique Korean cultural experience.

COEX, the venue of TTS 2020, is easily accessible from the airports, and is an attractive place for attendees for its facilities and services as well as the many cultural assets and tourist amenities on-site and nearby, like SM Town Artium, Coex Mall and Bongeun Buddhist Temple to name just a few.

We are confident that the TTS 2020 Congress will be a rewarding and unforgettable experience for all participants attending from around the world, and that it will provide you with a great opportunity to promote your company and products. We invite you and your company to join us at TTS 2020 as a partner in its success.

  • Mehmet Haberal, MD, FACS (Hon), FICS (Hon), FASA (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg)
    President, The Transplantation Society
    Congress Chair, TTS 2020
  • Kyung-Suk Suh, MD, PhD
    Vice-Chair, TTS 2020
    Chair, Host-Country Liaison Committee