Transplant International

Cover image for Vol. 30 Issue 9

Edited By: Thomas Wekerle and Rainer Oberbauer

Impact Factor: 3.079

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 11/25 (Transplantation); 41/196 (Surgery)

Online ISSN: 1432-2277

Society Information

European Society for Organ Transplantation
European Society for Organ Transplantation

The European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) aims to become the umbrella organization under which all European transplant activities are organised. ESOT cooperates with many transplant organizations to structure and streamline these transplant activities in Europe. Several Organ Expert Sections within ESOT represent expert knowledge on the respective organs. ESOT trains and supports its members through an extensive educational and basic science programme and encourages excellence through an award and grant programme. Furthermore ESOT gathers the European and international transplant scene at its biannual Congress organised in a European city.

The Council of ESOT consists of the President, Past President, Secretary, Treasurer and ten other Councillors. In addition, the Chairs of the respective Sections of ESOT participate in the Council. The Council regularly convenes to set out plans for the Society.

Organ and/or Expert Sections are the specific groups within ESOT. Currently there are six sections: ELITA focusing on liver & intestine, EPITA focusing on pancreas & islets, the Thoracic Committee focusing on heart & lungs, ELPAT focusing on ethical and psychosocial aspects of organ transplantation, the Kidney Committee focusing on kidney, and ETCO-EDC, European Transplant Coordinators Organization - European Donation Committee, the Society's donation and procurement section.

A number of key activities of ESOT are supervised by several committees. Currently there are four committees: the Ambassador Committee, EBSOT the Basic Science Committee, the Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Committee and the Education Committee.


European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association

The European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA), previously known as the European Liver Transplant Association (ELTA), is a section of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT). Its membership represents the expertise on liver and intestinal transplantation in Europe.

ELTA was founded in 1993. On October 18, 2005, the name of the association ELTA changed to “European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association” (ELITA). ELITA provides a forum for those working in the field of liver and intestinal transplantation to exchange scientific information and views related primarily to providing the best service for patients in Europe requiring liver or intestinal transplantation. Also the relationship with national and European government agencies and with the organ exchange organisations is the business of the ELITA, making ELITA the official representative body of liver and intestinal transplantation in Europe

As of 2005, ELITA organises an Annual Winter Meeting with the aim to discuss ELTR studies and data management, as well as single topics. The Winter Meeting allows ample discussion between speakers and participants in a calm and pleasant atmosphere. Additional meetings are organised in collabortation with other societies with topics of common interest. For more information about future scientific meetings, please click here.

The Intestinal part of ELITA On October 18th, 2005, the name of the association ELTA was changed to ‘European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association’ (ELITA). The Intestinal part of surgery was added to ELTA because all bowel transplant surgeons are essentially liver transplant surgeons. Also this provided an unique opportunity to increase the profile of ELTA as well as provide the intestinal transplant community an infrastructure to develop bowel transplantation related issues and meetings within Europe.

German Transplantation Society

German Transplantation Society

The German Transplantation Society (Deutsce Transplantationsgesellschaft, DTG) is a national organization of transplant professionals which is dedicated to the improvement of patient care by fostering clinical and basic research as well as education and advocacy in transplantation and organ donation. The Society was founded in 1992 and is an organization of more than 600 members from all fields of transplantation medicine. The Society represents all transplantation centers in Germany which are accredited according to the German Transplantation Law. The Executive Council/Board of Directors of the German Transplantation Society consists of the President, the President-Elect, the General Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Secretary.

The profile of the society is reflected by the different Committees:

- kidney
- liver
- kidney-pancreas
- thoracic organs
- tissue and cell transplantation
- organ donation and retrieval
- ethics
- psychosomatic

The respective members of the Committees are representing surgery, medicine, urology, anesthesia, immunology, and transplant coordination. The Scientific Council is dedicated to the progress of experimental and clinical transplantation, surgical techniques, immunology, clinical immunosuppression, infection tissue typing, and xenotransplantation. The Executive Council of the German Transplantation Society and the Scientific Council are - in collaboration with the local Congress President - responsible for the high quality of the annual meeting of the society concerning abstract reviewing and program organisation.

The German Transplantation Society maintains an exchange with the German Foundation of Organ Donation (DSO), with Eurotransplant (ET) responsible for organ allocation, with the Federal Medical Council (Bundesärztekammer) and with patient organisations as well as with many international transplant societies.


European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Associated Society

With more than 7,000 members, the ERA-EDTA ("European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplant Association") is one of the biggest nephrology associations worldwide and one of the most important and prestigious European Medical Associations. It supports basic and clinical research in the fields of clinical nephrology, dialysis, renal transplantation and related subjects.

The ERA-EDTA supports a number of studies as well as research groups and has founded a special "Fellowship Programme" for young investigators as well as grant programmes. In order to involve young nephrologists in all activities of the ERA-EDTA the Council decided to create a Young Nephrologists’ Platform (YNP). Besides, it has established various research networks and different working groups to promote the collaboration of nephrologists with other medical disciplines (e.g. cardiology, immunology).

Furthermore, a "European Renal Best Practice" (ERBP) advisory board has been established by the ERA-EDTA to draw up and publish guidelines and position statements. Another important goal of the ERA-EDTA is education: several series of CME-courses as well as the annual congress offer an attractive scientific programme to cover the need of continuous medical education for doctors working in the fields of nephrology, dialysis and transplantation. The association’s journals, NDT (Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation) and ckj (Clinical Kidney Journal), are currently the leading nephrology journals in Europe.

The ERA-EDTA Registry is a large epidemiologic database comparing countries by assessing nephrology practice throughout Europe.

Finally, ERA-EDTA is member of the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA), a consortium of renal societies that actively interacts with the European Parliament. For more information please visit