New Delhi/Greater Noida: Starting today Delhi is home to one of its kind four day meet of transplant experts from across the globe. Dr. D.S. Rana, Organising Chairperson, 16th CAST & Chairman, Institute of Renal Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital will take over President, Asian Society of Transplantation.
Called as 16th Congress of The Asian Society of Transplantation (16th CAST), this four day Congress will be till 2nd October 2019 at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.
According to Dr. D.S. Rana, Organising Chairperson, 16th CAST & Chairman, Institute of Renal Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital ‘This will be a unique meet of global transplant experts, under one roof, who will discuss the latest developments in the field of transplantation including newest operative techniques and basic and clinical research involving organs like kidney, lung, heart, liver, pancreas, small bowel and multi organs transplantation’.
According to Dr. Anant Kumar, Organising Secretary, 16th CAST ‘Our vision and objective is to provide growth of transplantation in the continent of Asia through sharing of scientific knowledge, clinical practice and continuing education with emphasis on ethical practice of transplantation’.
According to Dr. Sandeep Guleria, President, Indian Society of Organ Transplantation ‘This Congress will also highlight the ethical and legal aspects of organ and tissue donation & transplantation’.
Dr. D.S. Rana further added ‘Organ transplantation in Asia has progressed rapidly over time. Many countries have moved beyond kidney transplantation and embarked on Heart, Liver and other organ transplantations. There have also been greater investments on infrastructure and personnel without which no progress could be made. The major challenge continues to be the lack of organs particularly from cadaveric donors. To implement the deceased donor programme, the basic requirements start from different laws in the country, public awareness, infrastructure, trained personnel and the necessary funds. With the easy availability of living donors, especially for kidney transplantation, some of the Asian countries have become a prey to unethical practices. Started in 1981, The Asian Society of Transplantation is a platform to provide assistance and help and plays an important role in the development of transplantation in the region. It serves as a forum for doctors and scientists involved in the field of transplantation to exchange views, present research findings and develop networks for mutual benefit through its biannual conferences. The AST also has future plans to help and assist its member countries to develop and make further progress in organ transplantation, progress in related research and form a network for organ exchange through a central registry’