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24th February 2022
Key professionals from across academia and NHS Scotland, with an interest in organ and tissue transplantation research, attended a virtual Scottish Transplantation Research Symposium on 27 January 2022.
The symposium, arranged by the Scottish Donation and Transplant Group (SDTG) in association with the Chief Scientist Office, provided an opportunity for delegates to hear about the proposals to set up an ongoing forum of clinical teams, basic scientists and industry to encourage networking, identify future collaborations for transplant research and consider joint grant applications for research funding.
The event was chaired by Mr John Casey, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, NHS Lothian, Clinical Advisor for Transplantation in Scotland and SDTG co-chair.
"We are committed to supporting this new transplant research forum in Scotland to help encourage innovation and collaboration and I am delighted that the Scottish Government has agreed to support the co-ordination and facilitation of this work.
"I look forward to seeing the forum develop and identify opportunities for collaboration and networking."
Mr John Casey, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, NHS Lothian; Clinical Advisor for Transplantation in Scotland
Susan Hannah, Regional Manager Scotland, NHS Blood and Transplant was the first to present at the session and talked about the challenges and opportunities around the utilisation of donated organs and tissue for research purposes. She provided an overview of the authorisation process for research from donor families in line with the current legislation and some recent data on the organs offered for research and those accepted.
Throughout the day, speakers went on to discuss a diverse range of topics:
- building implantable human liver tissue from pluripotent stem cell
- how we can improve renal surgery and transplant research
- the challenges and opportunities in the long term care of people with an organ transplant
- transcriptomic investigation of therapeutic effect of adipose derived autologous cell therapy in renal ischaemia reperfusion injury
"The Chief Scientist Office is fully supportive of the formation of this forum and is of the opinion that this will have a useful role in building collaboration across transplantation research and innovation here in Scotland."
Dr Alan McNair, Senior Research Manager, Chief Scientist Office
If you are a clinician, basic scientist or from industry and would be interested in joining this forum or would like to sign up to receive regular information and updates please email Organ_Donation_Scotland@gov.scot.
If you would like more information on any of the topics discussed, please contact:
- utilisation of donated organs and tissue for research; Susan Hannah, Regional Manager Scotland, NHS Blood and Transplant, firstname.lastname@example.org
- building implantable human liver tissue from pluripotent stem cell; Professor David Hay, Professor of Tissue Engineering, University of Edinburgh, David.Hay@ed.ac.uk
- how we can improve renal surgery and transplant research; Mr Marc Clancy, Consultant Transplant Surgeon, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Marc.Clancy@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
- the challenges and opportunities in the long term care of people with an organ transplant; Professor Patrick Mark, Professor of Nephrology at the University of Glasgow & Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Patrick.Mark@glasgow.ac.uk
- transcriptomic investigation of therapeutic effect of adipose derived autologous cell therapy in renal ischaemia reperfusion injury; Dr Rashida Lathan, Research Associate in Regenerative Medicine, University of Glasgow, Rashida.Lathan@glasgow.ac.uk
The Scottish Government plan sets out a key aim to continue to support and promote research in relation to organ and tissue transplantation and regenerative medicine and to promote engagement with academic Institutions and grant funding bodies to achieve this. Read more