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Report of the 24th Annual Congress of the International Liver Transplantation Society

De Martin, Eleonora, MD1; Hessheimer, Amelia, MD2; Chadha, Ryan, MD3; Kabacam, Gokhan, MD4; Rajanayagam, Jeremy, MD5; Kirchner, Varvara, MD6; Kalisvaart, Marit7; Scalera, Irene, MD8; Bhat, Mamatha, MD9; Contreras, Alan, MD10; Bhangui, Prashant, MD11

doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002549
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The 24th Joint Annual Congress of the International Liver Transplantation Society in association with European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association and Liver Intensive Care Group of Europe was held in Lisbon, Portugal from May 23 to 26, 2018. More than 1200 participants from over 60 countries including surgeons, hepatologists, anesthesiologists and critical care intensivists, radiologists, pathologists, organ procurement personnel, and research scientists came together with the common aim of improving care and outcomes for liver transplant recipients. Over 600 scientific abstracts were presented. The principal themes were living donation, use of marginal liver donors, machine preservation, disease-specific immunosuppressive regimen, malignancies, and advances in pediatric liver transplantation and liver transplant anesthesia. This report presents excerpts from invited lectures and select abstracts from scientific sessions, which add to current knowledge, and will drive clinical practice and future research.

1Department of Hepatology, AP-HP Hôpital Paul-Brousse, Centre Hépato-Biliaire, Villejuif, France.

2Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation Unit, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain.

3Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL.

4Department of Gastroenterology, Ankara Guven Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

5Department of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

6Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School and Masonic Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, MN.

7The Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

8Liver Unit, Cardarelli Hospital, Naples, Italy.

9Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Health Network and University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

10Department of Surgery, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Tlalpan, México.

11Liver Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery, Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurugram, Delhi NCR, India.

Received 17 August 2018. Revision received 29 October 2018.

Accepted 10 November 2018.

The authors declare no funding or conflicts of interest.

E.D.M participated in study design, data collection, and writing of the paper. A.H. participated in study design, data collection, and writing of the paper. R.C. participated in study design, data collection, and writing of the paper. G.K. participated in study design, data collection, and writing of the paper. J.R. participated in study design, data collection, and writing of the paper. V.K. participated in study design and data collection. M.K. participated in study design and data collection. I.S. participated in study design and data collection. M.B. participated in study design and data collection. A.C. participated in study design and data collection. P.B. participated in study design, writing of the paper, and critical appraisal.

E.D.M. and A.H. are co-first authors.

Correspondence: Prashant Bhangui, MD, Medanta Institute of Liver Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine, Medanta-The Medicity, Sector 38, Gurugram, Delhi NCR, India. (pbhangui@gmail.com).

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