It is at once my great pleasure and a distinct honor to invite you to attend the 14th biannual International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) Congress in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, September 20 – 23, 2017, where IXA will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its founding.
Baltimore is a popular coastal tourist destination, easily accessible to international travelers, and boasting a rich blend of harbor-side shopping, restaurants, and museums, and diverse artistic, historical, cultural, athletic and recreational opportunities in close proximity. Baltimore is also home to two world-class medical schools, the University of Maryland (founded in 1807) and Johns Hopkins University (1876). These institutions are well-known for their excellence in biomedical research and clinical care; both have contributed to significant advances in medical education, global health, and transplantation over recent decades.
The venue for the meeting is on the University of Maryland Baltimore’s campus, located close to the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, and adjacent to Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles’ home field. Southern Management Center, a modern, convenient, flexible facility, is well-suited to host our Congress. Social events will take advantage of local cultural and architectural landmarks, most within walking distance of the campus and convenient meeting hotels.
The Program Committee is busy putting together a very comprehensive and exciting scientific program. State-of-the-art presentations, world-class workshops, and cutting-edge research presentations are designed to ensure that your trip is worthwhile professionally. In addition to xenotransplantation, sessions will be organized around current related work in the areas of cellular therapy, stem cells, and regenerative medicine. Make plans now to catch up on the latest findings in our field, as leading scientists, our rising “Vanguard” generation, and our current trainees all share their latest discoveries in a collegial and relaxing venue.
As an added attraction, following a popular precedent set in Venice (2009) and revisited in Osaka (2013), Dr. Robert Montgomery is helping the Program Committee organize a pre-meeting symposium on evolving strategies to manage hyper-immunized and ABO-incompatible organ allograft recipients. Taking advantage of substantial scientific and technological overlaps between these complementary fields, we are recruiting a world-class faculty for the symposium and for our Congress. Their presentations on Wednesday, September 20th, will emphasize the potential synergies between xenotransplant clinical trials, now being designed, and what we are learning from these rapidly evolving clinical efforts. Further, starting on September 23, Bhanu Telugu (U Maryland College Park) and Randy Prather (U Missouri) will convene the popular Swine in Biomedical Research meeting, attracting a constituency whose scientific and technical interests overlap substantially with those of IXA.
Ground breaking science, a temperate climate, and the warm hospitality that earned Baltimore its moniker, “Charm City, USA”, will certainly make for a memorable and exciting congress, one you will not want to miss! I look forward to welcoming you here in September 2017.
Richard N. Pierson III, MD