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Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:30

Transplantation in China

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ISN Young Nephrologist Qiquan Sun met Zhi-Hong Liu, President- Elect of the Chinese Society of Nephrology (CSN), and Haitao Zhang, Co-Chair of the CSN Young Nephrologist Committee.

Together, they will launch an educational program on transplantation for local young nephrologists. Several young Chinese nephrologists have recently completed their training in the US, Europe and Australia, and have returned to China. “They spark hope for transplantations in China,” said Zhi-Hong Liu who will help provide first class education for the program candidates.

The Transplant for Tomorrow Program will be part of the ISN YNC mentorship program and will enroll 10 highly qualified young professionals. Participants will be trained in communication and management skills. More importantly, they will be asked to perform organ transplantations under internationally-recognized procedures as defined by the ISN/Transplant Society (TTS) sponsored Declaration of Istanbul. The candidates will become future leaders in the Chinese renal transplantation community.

A short-term site visit and training course in a European center will take place at the TTS meeting in Berlin. The Research Institute of Nephrology at Nanjing University School of Medicine will head the training program - a world-class institute that received the Robert Schrier Award last year. Moreover, the program will focus on organ donation in 2012 where it will support the WKD theme and promote organ donation after cardiac death.

China has the largest population of patients with end stage renal failure. However, only very few of them can get a donor. Every year, many patients die from complications relating to dialysis. On the other hand, many more suffer accidental deaths in the country annually. The concept of brain death is not widely accepted in China - promoting organ donation after cardiac death is the best way to bridge this gap.

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