In 2016, The Transplantation Society will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The founding members of this Society developed many of the advances that have made transplantation the success it is today. TTS has at heart to carry on this legacy and to build on this foundation in science and clinical practice, where many challenges remain.
Access to transplantation remains an important issue in all regions. Research and development, both publically funded and from industry, has stalled despite there being substantial unmet needs in terms of long term graft survival, organ preservation and transplantation of high risk individuals. I anticipate that over the next few years TTS will be at the forefront of initiatives to reinvigorate research and to develop international structures that promote the development of investigator-driven clinical trials, in areas that are important to us.