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.
Professor Emmanuel Morelon received his medical degree from the Necker School of Medicine in Paris, France, in 1982. During his internship in Paris, he began pursuing a career as a nephrologist in transplantation. In 1997, he was named Assistant Professor in the Transplantation Department at the Necker Hospital. Simultaneously, Prof. Morelon received training in basic immunology in the laboratory of Prof. Alice Dautry-Varsat at the Pasteur Institute, France. From 1994 to 1997, he worked on molecular mechanisms of γc cell expression, which plays a major role in the regulation of immune responses.
Since 1998, Prof. Morelon has been using new immunosuppressors and developed research programs in transplantation immunology as part of the Inserm Unit 1111, France, which he joined in 2005. Since 2005, Prof. Morelon has been in charge of the Renal and Pancreas Transplantation Program in the Transplantation Department at the Edouard Herriot Hospital in Lyon, France. He has also been involved with the vascularized composite allotransplantation program in Lyon. Prof. Morelon has been selected as the President-Elect for the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation society (IHCTAS) in 2015.
After serving as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Erie County Medical Center at the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA, Dr Qazi came to southern California to head the Kidney-Pancreas Transplant Program at Keck School of Medicine at USC, USA. Dr Qazi has received nearly $2 million in research grants and has several other studies recently submitted for approval. While in Buffalo, Dr Qazi was invited to lecture on pancreas transplantation at a number of area medical centers and continues to author numerous peer reviewed articles and abstracts for medical journals. Educated in India, Dr Qazi was consistently one of the academic leaders among his medical school classmates and he continues to demonstrate his talents and devotion to medicine as an educator, researcher and practitioner.
Ty B. Dunn
Ty B. Dunn, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota, USA. After earning her medical degree in 1994 at the University of Minnesota, she completed her master's degree and surgical residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. In 2004, she completed her transplant fellowship training in kidney, liver, pancreas and immunology at the University of Minnesota. On the faculty there since 2006, she is the Surgical Director of the Living Donor Kidney Program and the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program. She also serves as the Associate Surgical Director of the Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplant Program. Her clinical and research interests include pancreas and islet transplantation, antibody mediated rejection, immunosuppression, and process improvement. She currently serves as the regional representative to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Pancreas Transplant Committee and is Co-Chair of the Scientific Studies Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr Dunn has authored or coauthored over 75 peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 book chapters, participated in over 20 funded clinical trials and given more than 200 scientific presentations.