26th Annual Meeting of the Belgian Transplantation Society


Flanders Meeting & Convention Center

Koningin Astridplein, 20-23

2018 Antwerp

Dear BTS members,

In 2018, the 25th annual BTS conference will be organized jointly with the NTV (Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging). The two-day conference will be held in Rotterdam on 15 and 16 March 2018. On this occasion, the BTS Board is counting on you to proudly represent the Belgian organ transplant community. Take the opportunity to share your experience with our Dutch colleagues.

Block the dates already in your agenda. We hope to meet a maximum of players from your teams (doctors, coordinators, nurses ...) in Rotterdam. The program is specially dedicated to physicians, transplant coordinators, local coordinators, researchers and nurses involved in solid organ transplantation.

De Doelen Congress Center is close to Rotterdam train station and many hotels.

The congress will be enhanced by a festive evening in the famous SS Rotterdam, a former steamer transformed into a hotel (https://ssrotterdam.nl).

Registration for the meeting is now open:

Registration is free of charge for BTS members. As a regular member, you received a registration form via your e--mail including your personal link for registration. You must use this link in order to benefit from free access. After registration you will receive a confirmation e-mail from the NTV secretariat. You can not make any changes to your reservation online after registration, for changes to your registration you can contact the NTV secretariat by phone 0031 23 - 5513016 or by email at congres@transplantatievereniging.nl

If you want to become a new member of the BTS and get free registration at the congress, use the following form:http://www.transplant.be/become-a-member.

Non members can register using the following kink: https://www.transplantatievereniging.nl/bootcongres-2018-0.

Online registration is possible until March 1st. 2018.



Thursday 15 March 2018

Thursday 15 March 2018: 10:00 - 11:00

Plenary session 1: Borders crossed

Introduction of the Belgian and Dutch transplantation programs

  • Marlies Reinders, President Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging
  • Olivier Detry, President Belgian Transplantation Society

Organ transplantation from a historical perspective: breakthroughs and current challenges

  • Liver Transplantation (Jean-Bernard Otte, Belgium)
  • Kidney Transplantation (Willem Weimar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
Thursday 15 March 2018: 11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

Thursday 15 March 2018: 11:30 - 13:00

Parallel abstract session 1:

  • Basic science / translational research
  • Clinical transplantation
  • Nursing
Thursday 15 March 2018: 13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Teaching sessions:

Recent advances in Xenotransplantation

Heiner Niemann, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Neustadt, Germany.

Autophagy in Transplantation -- Cleaning up the Cellular Mess in Organ Grafts

Jean-Paul Decuypere, Leuven, Belgium

Thursday 15 March 2018: 14:00 - 15:15

Plenary session 2: New and different borders

Improving deceased organ donation: present and future

Henry Leuvenink, Groningen, The Nederlands.

Organ donation following euthanasia

Dirk Ysebaert, Antwerp, Belgium

DCD heart transplantation: Challenges and opportunities

Olivier Manintveld, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ethical dilemmas in medical research

Annelien Bredenoord, member of the Dutch Parliament

Thursday 15 March 2018: 15:15 - 15:45

Moderated poster session 1

Thursday 15 March 2018: 15:45 - 16:15

Coffee break

Thursday 15 March 2018: 16:15-17:15

Parallel abstract session 2:

  • Basic science / translational research
  • Clinical transplantation
  • Nursing
Thursday 15 March 2018: 17:30 - 18:30

General Assembly NTV

General Assembly BTS

Report Transplant Coordinators

BTS Donation Award 2018

Friday 16 March 2018

Friday 16 March 2018: 09:00 - 10:00

Plenary session 3: Crossing borders in basic & translational research

The emerging role of DNA methylation in Kidney Transplantation: a perspective.

Line Heylen, Leuven, Belgium.

Implementation of miRNAs as predictors of rejection into daily practice

Abraham Shaked, Philadelphia, PA, USA

iBOX a next step to predict long-term allograft failure.

Alexander Loupy, Paris, France

Friday 16 March 2018: 10:00 - 10:30

Moderated poster session 2

Friday 16 March 2018: 10:30 - 12:00

Parallel abstract session 3:

  • Basic science / translational research
  • Clinical transplantation
  • Nursing
Friday 16 March 2018: 12:00 - 13:00

Lunch break

Teaching session:

Assessing kidney and liver viability during machine perfusion.

Ina Jochmans, Leuven, Belgium

Friday 16 March 2018: 13:00 - 14:00

Plenary session 4: How "not" to go beyond borders (open for patients).

2 patient presentations

Interactive session moderated by Jacqueline van de Watering (The Nederlands) and Fabienne Dobbels (Belgium).

Friday 16 March 2018: 14:00 - 15:15

Parallel abstract session 4:

  • Basic science / translational research
  • Clinical transplantation
Friday 16 March 2018: 15:15 - 15:45

Coffee break

Friday 16 March 2018: 15:45 - 16:30

Award session

Jon van Rood Award (NTV)

Best PhD Award (BTS)

Friday 16 March 2018: 16:30 - 16:45

Closing session

Practical information

15/03/18 - 16/03/18

  • de Doelen International Congress Centre
  • Schouwburgplein 50
  • 3012 CL Rotterdam, Netherlands
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