Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation was launched in 1996. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of organ transplantation is divided into 18 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.
Ernest van Heurn
Ernest van Heurn is a transplant surgeon at the Maastricht University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and professor at Maastricht University. He qualified as Medical Doctor at the Leiden University Medical Centre in 1988, was clinical fellow at the cardiothoracic transplant department of Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK and was trained as general surgeon in Maastricht, where he also got his PhD degree in 1997. He received additional training in paediatric surgery, partly at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK and the Hong Kong Medical Centre in Hong Kong, and in transplantation surgery. He succeeded Professor Gauke Kootstra as head of the surgical transplantation department and the organ preservation laboratory in Maastricht in 2002. His main clinical interests include organ donation and kidney transplantation, particularly from donors after cardiac death and of ischaemically damaged kidneys. His research group mainly focuses on expansion of the donor pool, on kidney preservation techniques and strategies to improve function of transplanted donor kidneys after cardiac death, which is studied both in animal models and clinically.
Professor Jean-Paul Soulillou has been the Director of several INSERM Units and the Head of the Institute of Transplantation at Nantes University Hospital, Paris, France: one of Europe's largest centers for kidney and combined kidney-pancreas transplantations, and Head of RTRS “Centaure”, a French translational network for transplantation sciences.
Jean-Paul Soulillou has been a member of the international “advisory committee” of the “Immune Tolerance Network” (ITN) of the National Institute of Health, and past President of the Medical and Scientific Council of the French transplantation agency (Etablissement Francais des Greffes, EFG).
Jean-Paul Soulillou was also the first European to be invited to join the New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Board and served as Trustee of the international ROTRF foundation. He holds the title of “Exceptional Class Professor” and is a Senior Member of the “Institut Universitaire de France”. He has been awarded of several prizes including the Eloi Collery prize from the French Academy of Medicine, the Rayonnement Français prize and the 2008 International Award of the Transplant Society for his “outstanding contribution to transplantation science (basic science)”. He is the author of more than 490 Pubmed publications.
Connie L. Davis
Dr Davis is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle Washington, USA. After finishing nephrology training at the University of Texas Southwestern, Texas, USA, she managed the dialysis unit at the Dallas Veteran's Administration Hospital and then moved to Seattle to practice general nephrology. In 1991 Dr Davis moved to the University of Washington to become the transplant nephrologist in addition to maintaining a general nephrology practice. Over the years Dr Davis has been interested in all aspects of transplant care including the education about kidney transplantation, infection complications, pregnancy following transplantation, liver-kidney transplantation, kidney disease in hepatitis C infected liver transplant recipients, bone disease following transplant, and now more recent interests include the outcomes of living kidney donors. She has participated actively in the public policy arena for transplant recipients and living donors through public policy committees of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Nephrology and now chairs the Living Donor Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing. Dr Davis hopes to take her large range of clinical, scientific and policy experience to the next step after completing the Masters in Health Administration program at the University of Washington.