2016 International Transplantation Science Mentee / Mentor Awards

The Transplantation Society (TTS) along with the collaboration of their affiliated societies celebrates the contributions of basic science to the field of transplantation with the International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Awards by recognizing the efforts of basic scientists who have advanced our understanding of transplant science/immunobiology and/or treatment of transplant recipients, and the young investigators who will be the future leaders in transplantation.

The Awards will be given on August 21, 2016 during the International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Networking Event to be held from 18:30 to 19:30 in the Convention Foyer-Level 1 (attendance by invitation only).

TTS-CST Awards
This award was made possible with the contribution of the Canadian Transplant Society

  • Minal Borkar, Canada – Mentee / Lori J. West – Mentor
    550.1   Prospective treatment and novel biomarkers of BK polyomavirus associated nephropathy.

TTS-DTG Awards
These awards were made possible with the contribution of the Deutsche Transplantationsgesellschaft (DTG)

  • 357.1Midas Seyda, Germany – Mentee / Stefan G. Tullius – Mentor
       Cell-free mitochondrial DNA activates DCs in an age-dependent fashion and compromises the survival of older grafts.
  • 427.7Markus Quante, United States – Mentee / Stefan G. Tullius – Mentor
       Metabolites associated with bariatric surgery reverse accelerated rejection and augmented alloimmunity in obese allograft recipients.

TTS-ISOT Awards
These awards were made possible with the contribution of Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT)

  • 422.10Vivek Kute, India – Mentee / Pankaj R. Shah – Mentor
    Impact of single Centre kidney paired donation transplantation to increase donor pool in India
  • 427.1Brijesh Yadav, India – Mentee / Narayan Prasad – Mentor
       Imbalance of T helper 17 cells and T regulatory cells is associated with chronic active antibody mediated rejection in renal allograft recipients.
  • 556.8Sailaja Kesiraju, India – Mentee / Sahariah Sarbeshwar – Mentor
       Peripheral NK-cell repertoire distribution in chronic allograft dysfunction after renal transplantation.
  • 624.2Shailesh Raval, India – Mentee / Vijay Gorantla – Mentor
       Ultra-high resolution non-contrast imaging for chronic rejection monitoring and procedural planning in reconstructive transplantation.
  • P.1053Sonia Mehotra, India – Mentee / Raj Kumar Sharma – Mentor
    Development of de-novo donor specific antibody (DSA) and vitamin D status after renal transplantation.

TTS-JST Awards
These awards were made possible with the contribution of The Japan Society for Transplantation (JST)

  • 451.2Taguchi Kazuhiro, Japan - Mentee / Takashi Onoe – Mentor
       Clinical and immunological significance of controlling portal vein pressure in living donor liver transplantation.
  • 457.2Songjie Cai, Japan - Mentee / Shiro Takahara – Mentor
       Systemic therapy of regulatory dendritic cells derived form induced pluripotent stem cells allows allogeneic cardiac grafts acceptance.
  • 628.3Hiroshi Sakai, Japan - Mentee / Yuka Tanaka – Mentor
       Various pathogenic microbes induce CNI-resistance in B-cells responding to blood group antigens through TLR–MyD88 pathway.

TTS-NTV Awards
This award was made possible with the contribution of the Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging (NTV)

  • 427.6Gretchen de Graav, Netherlands - Mentee / Carla Baan – Mentor
       Belatacept fails to inhibit donor-reactive Tfh-B cell interaction, but favors a regulatory transitional B cell profile over tacrolimus.

TTS-SFT Awards
This award was made possible with the contribution of the Société Française de Transplantation (SFT)

  • 356.3Séverine Bézie, France - Mentee / Carole Guillonneau – Mentor
       Interleukin-34 is a Treg-specific cytokine and mediates transplant tolerance

TTS-SMT Awards
This award was made possible with the contribution of the Sociedad Mexicana de Trasplantes (SMT)

  • 323.2José Manuel Arreola Guerra, Mexico - Mentee / Luis Eduardo Morales Buenrostro – Mentor
       Pre-transplant AT1Rabs are associated with acute rejection in 2-haplotypes kidney transplant recipients.

TTS-TSANZ Awards
These awards were made possible with the contribution of the Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ)

  • 428.8Sebastian Olivier Stead, Australia - Mentee / Patrick Coates – Mentor
       Dendritic cell phenotype and function modification with targeted porous silicon nanoparticles. 
  • 429.9Anjan Bongoni, Australia - Mentee / Peter Cowan – Mentor
       Surface modification of porcine aortic endothelial cells with Corline Heparin Conjugate (CHC) protects against xenogeneic thrombosis and inflammation.
  • 552.9Imogen Thomson, Australia - Mentee / Angela C. Webster – Mentor
       Risky organs: trends in comorbidities among potential and actual Australian organ donors in New South Wales.
  • 628.6Moumita Paul-Heng, Australia - Mentee / Alexandra Sharland – Mentor
       Disruption of CD8-coreceptor binding abrogates tolerance induction via liver-directed expression of donor MHC class I.

TTS Awards
These awards were made possible with the contribution of The Transplantation Society

  • 357.8Jiang Liu, Hong Kong - Mentee / Chung Mau Lo – Mentor
       AMP-activated protein kinase attenuated marginal liver graft injury via promoting mitochondrial biogenesis and respiratory function.
  • 456.2Rebeca Arroyo Hornero, United Kingdom - Mentee / Kathryn Wood – Mentor
       CD45RA identifies TSDR demethylated regulatory T cells with a stable phenotype and suppressive cytokine profile.
  • 556.3Sai Vineela Bontha, United States - Mentee / Valeria Mas – Mentor
       Effect of epigenetic modifications in graft kidneys progressing to chronic allograft dysfunction.
  • 625.4Xiang Qi, Hong Kong - Mentee / Nancy Kwan Man – Mentor
       The clinical significance and potential therapeutic role of GPx3 in tumor recurrence after liver transplantation.
  • 628.5Chien-Chia Chen, France - Mentee / Olivier Thaunat – Mentor
       Vascular sequestration of donor-specific antibodies protects allogeneic islets from humoral rejection.
  • 629.8Joshua Chan, United States - Mentee / Muhammad Mohiuddin – Mentor
       Human anti thrombotic genes do not obviate the need for anticoagulation in aiding long term xenograft survival.
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