Many Asian countries are struggling to establish an efficient and ethical deceased organ transplantation program to reach self-sufficiency. Major challenges in capacity enhancements include not only hospital infrastructures but also in efficient deceased donor identification and management by organ procurement organizations (OPOs) based on societal consensus supporting deceased organ donation and ethical legal background. To overcome hurdles in establishing a good national program, the support of the Government through the national transplantation organization is critical.
Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT)
Medical doctor, specialist in Nephrology. Ph.D. in internal medicine. She joined the Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) in November 2006 and became its Director-General in May 2017. ONT is the national authority responsible for the oversight, coordination, and organization of the donation and clinical use of organs, tissues and cells in Spain.
Immediate past chair of the Committee of Transplantation of the Council of Europe (CD-P-TO), president of the Iberoamerican Network/Council on Donation and transplantation (RCIDT), and member of the World Health Organization Task Force to promote ethical practices in the donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells.
Past chair of the European Donation and Transplant Coordination Organization (EDTCO), past councilor of The Transplantation Society (TTS) and member of its Ethics Committee, and past chair of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism. She has more than 130 publications in scientific journals and book chapters
Prof. Division of Nephrology
National Medical Center
Seoul, South Korea
Curie Ahn, MD, Ph.D. is a nephrologist from Seoul, Korea. She is the General Secretary of the Asian Society of Transplantation as well as a Councilor of The Transplantation of Society contributing to those societies for improving transplantation medicine especially in Asia. In addition, as a Director of the Vitallink, she has been actively participating in clinical capacity-building in nephrology and in deceased organ transplantation for the last 10 years. As a research scientist, she has established the national cohort for CKD(KNOW-CKD) and for organ transplantation (KOTRY, Korean Organ Transplantation Registry), to provide a translational research basis.
Khin Maung Htay
Senior Consultant Nephrologist
Grand Hantha Hospital
Yangon Specialty Hospital
Shanxi Provincial Organ Procurement and Allocation Center
Welcome and introduction by the Chairs
Presentation: Barriers in developing successful deceased organ transplantation program, Beatriz Dominguez, Spain
Live Q&A with Beatriz Dominguez, Spain
Presentation: Role of Government in improving self-sufficiency in organ transplantation: Korean experience, Curie Ahn, South Korea
Live Q&A with Curie Ahn, South Korea
Interactive panel discussion with audience participation led by the Chairs
Masterclass closing remarks