Pre-meeting Symposium on Transplant Oncology

Transplant oncology is a new concept encompassing multiple disciplines of transplantation medicine and oncology to take hepatobiliary cancer treatment and research to the next level. As a follow-up to the Consensus Conference in February 2019, which convened international liver transplant oncology experts, this Pre-meeting Symposium explored the future perspectives of multidisciplinary management in this fast-changing field.

The symposium focussed on the 4 E’s:

  • Evolution of multidisciplinary cancer care
  • Extension of the limits of conventional surgical oncology
  • Elucidation of tumor and transplant immunology
  • Exploration of carcinogenesis through immunogenomics

Take a look at the one-pager showing the connection of the Consensus Conference to the Pre-meeting Symposium.

Symposium Chairs:

Nancy Kwan Man, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Mark Ghobrial, Houston, United States
Gonzalo Sapisochin, Toronto, Canada
Taizo Hibi, Kumamoto, Japan


Key Facts:

Venue: Conference Center

May 15, 10:30 AM – 4:10 PM

Over 200 professionals in transplant surgery, radiology, oncology, hepatology and immunology joined the symposium.

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Registration Fee: $100,00

Organ Perfusion Workshop

The first ILTS liver perfusion workshop brought together industry and liver transplant experts for a hands-on demonstration of liver perfusion technology. Bridge to Life, OrganOx and TransMedics, all industry leaders in perfusion technology, demonstrated their machines with live porcine liver perfusion. Participants learned about perfusion techniques, assess risks and benefits, and discussed tricks and traps of perfusion technology. The participants wer able to directly compare different perfusion technologies side by side. In addition, experts in the field of liver perfusion presented the current results of warm and cold liver perfusion for the preservation, assessment, and modification of marginal grafts.


Key Facts:

Venue: Toronto General Hospital

Workshop I: May 15, 8:30 AM-12:00 AM

Workshop II: May 15, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM

20 minutes Hands-On sessions of 5 to 8 participants per group for a total of 80 participants.

Lectures on Cold Oxygenated Machine Perfusion, Normothermic Machine Perfusion, Grafts Assessment and repair during Machine Perfusion.


Registration Fee: $100,00

Workshop: Perioperative Echocardiography for Liver Transplantation

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) and Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE) are useful perioperative tools for managing patients undergoing liver transplantation. Using these tools allows for rapid evaluation of volume status and cardiac function, identification of thrombotic events, and recognition of acute hemodynamic changes. Visualization of the heart helps to achieve preoperative optimization, and significantly enhances the perioperative care of these complex patients.

Participants got a hands-on introduction to using a TEE/TTE simulator and learned how to obtain the basic perioperative echocardiographic views. The focus was on 2 dimensional imaging and M-mode measurements to assess conditions commonly encountered before, during, and after liver transplantation such as hypovolemia, acute right and left heart failure, and intracardiac thrombosis.



Dmitri Bezinover, Hershey, United States


Key Facts:

Venue: Conference Center

TTE Workshop: 15 May, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

TEE Workshop I: 15 May, 12:00 PM-2:00 PM

TEE Workshop II: 15 May, 2:30 PM-4:30 PM

Workshops were limited to 12 delegates


Registration Fee:

TTE Workshop: $50,00

TEE Workshop: $50,00

Town Hall Meeting

The delegates took the unique opportunity to talk to ILTS Leaders on the ILTS Booth in the Convention Hall.


Key Facts:

May 16, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:00 AM

ILTS Leaders: Nancy Kwan Man, MBBS, PhD and John Roberts, MD, PhD


May 17, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:00 AM

ILTS Leaders: Claus Niemann, MD, R. Mark Ghobrial, MD, PhD, FACS, FRCS and Patrizia Burra, MD, PhD