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Montreal, QC, Canada, (August 3, 2020) — The Transplantation Society (TTS) will host its first-ever Virtual Congress from September 13-16. The TTS 2020 Congress will present the latest science and education in the field of transplantation. More than 3,000 scientists, researchers and physicians representing over 130 countries will attend from their homes and workspaces globally. Presentations will cover basic, translational and clinical research, ethics, and emerging and disruptive technologies.

“With so many congresses having been cancelled or significantly reduced this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TTS 2020 will provide an exceptional opportunity to learn the most up-to-date science and clinical practices” said TTS President Prof. Mehmet Haberal. “We are confident that the TTS 2020 Congress will be a rewarding and unforgettable experience for all participants attending from around the world as we have tailored the program so that all attendees, regardless of their geographic location, to be able to participate at reasonable times of the day as well as ample opportunities to network face-to-face. To increase attendance we have waived the registration fee for trainees, fellows, nurses/allied health professionals as well as offered a significant discount for participants from emerging economy nations. ”

TTS 2020 received more than 1,000 scientific abstracts, which will be presented as either online posters or oral communications. Select poster presenters have the option to add a video recording to their poster to help explain their research. Abstracts cover the most important transplantation scientific topics in Anesthesia Management and Critical Care, Basic and Translational Sciences, Cellular and Regenerative Therapies, Donation & Procurement, Education, Ethics, Community and Economics, Histocompatibility, Histopathology, Infectious Disease, Intestine and Multivisceral Transplantation, Kidney, Liver, Paediatrics, Pancreas & Islet, Registries, Sex and Gender, Surgical Techniques, Thoracic (Heart & Lung), Transplant Immunosuppression, Transplantation in Developing Countries, Transplantation Nursing, Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation, Xenotransplantation. Full abstracts can be viewed in our online program at

“We are very excited to connect clinicians, scientists and researchers from around the world with an interest in transplantation as part of this Virtual Congress,” said Prof. Nancy Ascher and Prof. Philip O’Connell (TTS 2020 Scientific Program Chairs). “The TTS 2020 Congress has always featured scientific advances to improve the lives of patients worldwide however we were cognizant that a significant amount of participants attend congresses to network. Unfortunately, at a virtual event it’s hard for this to just happen naturally so we are offering many Zoom-powered virtual networking rooms to integrate community-building moments. We currently have a call out for additional networking proposal ideas from the transplant community.”

Originally scheduled to take place in Seoul, Korea, TTS canceled the in-person Congress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure continuity of education, ease and equal access to research, and to continue to further advance the field, the TTS President and Congress Congress Chair Prof. Mehmet Haberal along with Congress Vice-Chair Prof. Kyung-Suk Suh and Scientific Program Chairs Prof. Nancy Ascher and Prof. Philip O’Connell worked closely to change to a Virtual Congress, to virtually bring together the international transplant professional community. The Virtual Congress will also include an industry corner for pharmaceutical, diagnostic and medical device companies as well as partner organizations, and will feature supported symposia the most recent diagnostic and therapeutic innovations in the field.

The TTS 2020 program is available at Learn more and register at

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About the TTS

Established in 1966, The Transplantation Society serves as the principal international forum for the advancement and development of both the science and clinical practice of transplantation throughout the world. Its mandate is fulfilled through scientific communication, continuing education of its membership and guidance on the ethical practice of transplantation. The Transplantation Society is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in official relations with the World Health Organization, and is composed of over 6500 professionals including but not limited to, physicians, surgeons, scientists and allied health professionals in 105 countries. TTS is one of two parent organizations of the Declaration of Istanbul, the other being the International Society of Nephrology. In addition, TTS has nine Sections specializing in various areas of transplantation: cell and regenerative medicine, Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (VCA), pancreas and islet transplant, pediatric, organ donation and procurement, intestinal rehabilitation and transplant, xenotransplantation, pediatric liver transplantation, and transplant infectious disease. TTS also partners with 35 national and regional transplant societies to bring the science and clinical practice of transplantation around the world. Visit TTS online at