The BTS is delighted to announce the dates of two of the Society’s established annual meetings. Both events will take place at Mary Ward House, London on consecutive days so that delegates can choose to attend for one or both days, depending upon their areas of interest.
Winter Ethics Symposium 24 November
ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION RESEARCH DESIGN: PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND PATIENTS RIGHTS
“This year our focus is organ donation and transplantation research design. The symposium will draw on NHS Blood and Transplant’s published strategic research and development plan and the work of the National Institute for Health Research advisory group INVOLVE which was established in 1996 to support active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research.
The programme brings together professional expertise and personal experience in the field of public involvement in research. It will provide insight into how organ donation and transplantation research is identified, prioritised, designed, conducted and disseminated and explore the ethical challenges facing everyone participating in research for patient benefit.”
09.30 Registration and Coffee
09.50 Welcome and Introduction
Session 1: RESEARCH, RETENTION and RIGHTS Chair: Antonia Cronin
10.00 An interview with David and Hazel Thewlis
10.40 Debate: This house believes there is not enough patient/public involvement in organ donation and transplantation research design
10.45 PRO Hugh Whittall
11.00 CON Brian Davidson
Session 2: KEY NOTE LECTURES Chair: Anne-Marie Slowther
12.00 Patient and Public Involvement in Research Design Simon Denegri
12.30 NHSBT Research and Development strategy Nick Watkins
13.00 LUNCH Session 3: ETHICAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH DESIGN Chair: Anya Adair
14.00 Case 1: Deceased donor abdominal transplantation research Peter Friend
14.30 Case 2: Deceased donor cardio-thoracic transplantation research Stephen Large
15.00 Case 2: Cell Therapy John Casey
15.30 Debate revisited
There is a reduced rate of £35 for students.
Living Donor Forum 25 November
“This year’s living kidney donor forum theme is “Diversity and Complexity in Living Donor transplantation”. There will be interactive sessions to explore attitudes towards and experiences of the living kidney sharing schemes, highlighting complex scenarios to help shape future practice, and also multidisciplinary case-based discussions around donors who may be deemed higher risk, looking at current evidence to help inform decision making.
The living liver donor forum will address technical considerations for the donor and recipient, drawing on lessons learnt from the Eastern experience. This will be followed by the ever-popular interactive case discussions and finally we have guest speakers to discuss ethical dilemmas and to offer an Eastern solution to the lack of progress in living donor liver transplantation.
There will be active participation for delegates at both events with interactive sessions, keypad voting and debates.”