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This year’s Organ Retrieval Masterclass will be held in Oxford on Monday/Tuesday, 7th/8th December 2015.  In order to achieve competency for organ retrieval surgery as a NORS Team surgeon registered with NHS Blood and Transplant, attendance at the Masterclass and completion of the abdominal E-Learning modules are mandatory.  The Masterclass covers all aspects of retrieval with hands-on cadaveric operating.

The course cost will be in the region of £375 which includes accommodation and meals at the Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford.

The course is open to anyone interested in retrieval surgery – SHO, SpR, fellow etc.  If you are interested, please e-mail Kathy Zalewska or Caroline Wills at NHSBT –  [email protected] or [email protected]

Just a reminder that there are still places available for the Organ retreival masterclass in Oxford Thursday/Friday next week.  The course is a requirement if you want to be a retrieval surgeon registered with NHSBT, and covers all aspects of retrieval with hands-on cadaveric operating.

 The course is a bargain at £300 for the two days, £350 with 4-star accommodation at the Four Pillars Hotel.  The price also includes a three course meal on Thursday evening with drinks!
The course is open to anyone interested in retrieval sugery – SHO, SpR, fellow etc.  If you are interested, please e-mail Trudy Monday at NHSBT – [email protected]

A new national survey has opened, giving patients, their carers and the healthcare professionals looking after them an opportunity to submit questions about kidney transplantation and living donation that they think should be addressed in future research.


The survey is open to all healthcare professionals caring for people who have had a kidney transplant, are on the transplant waiting list or living donors. The questions you ask will help inform future research and will be highly valuable to researchers and research funders.

Please visit the Kidney Transplant PSP website until the 30th of November to participate. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

The Carrel Club annual meeting will be held on the 28/11/2014 at the Park Inn in Cardiff. The theme of the meeting will be collaborative research in transplantation, and we have speakers lined up including Professor Sir Peter Morris from the Centre for Evidence in Transplantation and Professor Peter McCulloch from the IDEAL collaboration amongst others.

During the meeting, we will be developing the first project to be undertaken by the Carrel Club Transplant Research Collaborative. Please submit your brief suggestions for a national, collaborative, trainee-led audit or service evaluation project beforehand for a chance to win the ability to lead the project!

The cost of registration will be £30 – this includes dinner on the 27th, bed and breakfast and the meeting cost. Such great value has been made possible by an educational grant from Novartis.

I you are interested in attending, please register your interest at [email protected].

Mettu Srinivas Reddy has asked me announce the 5th Master Class in Liver Disease titled ‘The Practice of Living Donor Liver Transplantation’ between 28th and 31st January 2015 at Chennai, India

Prof Rela, chief of their unit and Professor of Liver Surgery at Kings college, London is the course director. The course will be driven by an international faculty from liver transplantation centres across the world. The course has been formally endorsed by the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) and the Liver Intensive care group of Europe (LICAGE).

The four day program includes talks, debates, case discussions and surgical video sessions for the first three days and live surgery sessions planned on day 4 with one paediatric and adult LDLT. The program overview is:

Day 1 The Live Liver Donor
Day 2 Adult and paediatric recipient: Assessment and intra-operative issues
Day 3 Adult and paediatric recipient: Peri-operative care
Day 4 Live surgery demonstration: Adult and Paediatric LDLT

Registration for the course is now open through the conference website .

Details in the flyer below:
MCLD 2015 program

The Glasgow transplant unit has a fully funded research/clinical fellow post. .

The post carries a full clinical salary plus multiplier for a 1 in 6, 24 hour partial shift on-call for kidney transplantation. There is no retrieval component. The timetable is flexibly geared to protect 80% of working day sessions to be completely free for research. This is an excellent deal compared with the majority of other research posts in UK.

The appointee will register for an MD (extendable to a Ph.D.) and he/she will have the option of a laboratory based research project (rat hybrid IRI and renal transplant model). We have funding for the application of several novel strategies for inhibition of IRI/peritransplant injury. Alternatively, the appointee may wish to focus on a clinical project and the 1st of these strategies to translate will commence in a phase 1 study in Spring 2015.

Additionally, the appointees will be expected to support all the current clinical studies within the department which span transplantation, living donation and vascular access surgery. It is a departmental ethos that such research work is an integral part of clinical care. All three prior appointees have achieved several additional publications via this route.

The role would best suit a trainee interested in kidney transplantation who has an NTN and wishes to go out of program for research or a trainee wishing to obtain a higher degree before obtaining a training number.

Anybody who might like further information is welcome to contact me, by email initially, to discuss and visit. I will obviously link up anybody interested with the 3 people who have been in the role since I set it up in this form in Glasgow. They can tell you more objectively than I about the opportunity the posts represent and how good the supervision and formal research training has been.

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford is looking for a Clinical Research Fellow in Transplantation Surgery to work on normothermic perfusion of discarded kidneys and pancreases under the supervision of Professor Peter J Friend. This work is with the group who have developed normothermic machine perfusion and undertaken the first human liver transplant following normothermic machine perfusion in 2013. This research is to carry on from work already done on developing a preservation device for the pancreas and kidney, aiming to take this to the next step and potentially into Phase 1 trials. The experimental work is funded by the NIHR with opportunities for additional grant funding. This is ideally suited to surgical trainees interested in undertaking a higher degree (MD or PhD). There will be opportunities to get involved in the multi-organ retrieval rota and/or elective HPB surgery on a super-nurmerary basis.

Please get in touch with Reena Ravikumar on 07748700702 or [email protected] if interested.

This year’s NHSBT/BTS organ retrieval masterclass will be held in Oxford on the 11th/12th December.
The course is a a two-day masterclass designed to optimise the quality of organs offered for transplant by improving the quality of retrieval practice. The course is aimed at retrieval team members involved in surgical retrieval of organs intended for transplant.

This year’s Workshop will again cover two days, with day one focusing on important issues in organ donation. The first part of the day will concentrate on the principles and logistics of organ donation whilst the second will focus on anatomy, surgical techniques and pitfalls. The second day will be practical with four simultaneous workshops, and groups will be split into smaller teams to practice on-site the abdominal and thoracic organ retrieval under the supervision of experienced consultant surgeons in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Oxford.

The registration fee for this year is £350 and includes overnight accommodation at the Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Oxford, on Thursday 11th December 2014, and catering for both days.

This Masterclass is part of the competency accreditation as a retrieval surgeon that is required to participate in a NORS Team, so it is essential that trainees who want to consider consultant jobs with a NORS component attend at some point during their training.

Further information and registration forms are available from: [email protected].

Royal University Hospital, Liverpool are running the First European Live workshop on Advances in Laparoscopy in Renal Transplantation from 28th-30th September 2014.

The workshop will demonstrate the Liverpool technique of Total Retroperitoneoscopic donor nephrectomy. The donor nephrectomies will be followed by Laparoscopic Renal Transplants. Prof P Modi from the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre Ahmedabad, India, who has pioneered and has performed more than 170 Laparoscopic Transplants, has kindly agreed to demonstrate.

The Live surgery images will be transferred to the Auditorium with video link with two way communication which will give opportunity to the Audience to interact with the surgeons during the surgery.

The workshop is organised to generate interest in enthusiastic surgeons across the Europe to acquire the complete skills of Laparoscopy in Transplantation. CPD points will be applied for.

The workshops will precede with one day Cadaver course for hands on experience of Total Retroperitoneoscopic Donor Nephrectomy to be held at Manchester Skills Centre. The places will be limited (12) for the cadaver course. The registration will be separate for the workshop and course to enable candidates to register for the individual events. The Manchester Skills Centre is approximately 40 miles from Royal Liverpool University hospital and directions of travel will be supplied to the interested candidates and the travel arrangements will be made.

The live workshop will cost £250 (£200 early bird) and the cadaveric course £1000 (£900 early bird).

To apply, please use the application form (PDF).