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11th EPITA Symposium & 40th AIDPIT Workshop

Primary Topics:
Marginal donors, pancreas allocation, islet isolation, organ preservation, major advances and an overview of progress during the last 40 years and future perspectives. Beta cell and stem cell regeneration
Start Date:
Monday, January 25th 2021 at 14:00 CET
End Date:
Tuesday, January 26th 2021 at 19:00 CET
Description & Objectives:

Welcome to the 11th EPITA Symposium and 40th AIDPIT Workshop!

The Symposium promotes engagement with clinicians, scientists and trainees across Europe who have expertise in pancreas and islet transplantation.

We will share new scientific developments and techniques amongst scientists in the field, and benchmark outcomes and results across European centres involved in clinical pancreas and islet transplantation.

The Symposium is the largest meeting in Europe where experts in the field of pancreas and islet transplantation can get together to share experience and outcomes. It is such a small niche area this meeting is critical to the working objectives of exerts in the field.

Given the current circumstances, the Symposium will be presented as an online event.
This format offers a much broader global access to the event, and we look forward to welcoming new participants from the islet and pancreas community.

Target Group:

Scientists, allied healthcare professionals, clinicians includign trainees, physicians and surgeons.

The 2-half day programme will include plenary sessions, oral abstract presentations and offer access to electronic posters.

This year, we are pleased to announce our patients inclusion initiative: a joint EPITA / EDTCO / ETAHP symposium.

Click to download the PDF of the Programme.



Monday 25 January, 2021

14:00             Welcome and introduction
Steve White, EPITA Chair – Newcastle, United Kingdom

14:00 – 15:00 Plenary session 1 – Marginal donors
Chairs: Torbjörn Lundgren,Stockholm, Sweden; Jon Odorico, Madison, United States

14:00 – 14:20 DCD pancreas transplantation in Spain – current status
Joanna Ferrer, Barcelona, Spain

14:20 – 14:40 Expanding the donor pool with islets from DCD
Eelco de Koning, EPITA Past Chair, Leiden, The Netherlands

14:40 – 15:00 What are the limits of using paediatric donors for pancreas transplantation – risks and benefits
Fabio Vistoli, Pisa, Italy

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 16:15 Oral presentations

– Pancreas transplantation
– Islets
– Basic science

16:15 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:30 Plenary session 2 – 40th AIDPIT anniversary. 4 decades of beta cell replacement therapy and beyond
Chairs: Thierry Berney, Geneva, Switzerland; Steve White, Newcastle, United Kingdom

16:30 – 16:50 Beta cell neogenesis, will it achieve insulin independence?

17:10 – 17:30 Pancreas preservation during the last four decades – what progress have we made?
Vassilios Papalois, ESOT President, London, United Kingdom

17:30 – 17:50 EPITR UPDATE
Diego Cantarovich, Nantes, France

17:50 Closing remarks
Steve White, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Tuesday 26 January, 2021

14:00  Brief introduction
Julie Kerr-Conte, EPITA Vice-Chair, Lille, France

14:00 – 15:00 Plenary session 3 – Islets
Chairs: Eelco de Koning, Leiden, The Netherlands; Julie Kerr-Conte, Lille, France

14:00 – 14:20 Optimising beta cell function through islet mitochondrial transfer
Chloe Rackham, Exeter / London, United Kingdom

14:20 – 14:40 The effects of immunosuppression on islet function
Françoise Carlotti, Leiden, The Netherlands

14:40 – 15:00 Scaffolds and biomaterials for beta cell replacement therapy

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 16:15 Oral presentations

– Pancreas transplantation
– Islets
– Basic science

16:15 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 17:30 Debate: National pancreas allocation policies should include both islet and pancreas transplant recipients
Chairs: Joanna Ferrer, Barcelona, Spain; Fabio Vistoli, Pisa, Italy

Paul Johnson, Oxford, United Kingdom 

Helmut Arbogast, Munich, Germany

17:30 – 19:00 Patients inclusion initiative Joint EPITA / EDTCO / ETAHP symposium
Chairs: Alessandra Grossi, Varese, Italy; Nichon Jansen, Leiden, The Netherlands

17:30 – 18:00 Life on the waiting list
David Paredes-Zapata, EDTCO Past Chair, Barcelona, Spain
And a patient on the waiting list (TBA)

18:00 – 18:30 Fear of losing my transplant
Anna Forsberg, ETAHP Chair, Lund, Sweden
And a transplant recipient (TBA)

18:30 – 19:00 25 years of assessing patients for TPIAT – a clinical nurse specialist’s perspective
Cris Pollard, Leicester, United Kingdom
And a TPIAT recipient (TBA)

19:00 Closing remarks and presentation of awards
Julie Kerr-Conte, Lille, France; Steve White, Newcastle, United Kingdom 


Steve White, EPITA Chair
Julie Kerr-Conte, EPITA Vice-Chair
Claudia Bosmüller, EPITA Board member
Joana Ferrer, EPITA Board member
Artur Kwiatkowski, EPITA Board member
Valeria Sordi, EPITA Board member
Fabio Vistoli, EPITA Board member
Eelco de Koning, EPITA Past Chair

Abstract submission has now ended.
Letters of notification will be sent on 11 December.

Project Manager

Anne Dissing


How to register

Registration will soon be open.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is now closed.
Abstract notification letters will be sent to abstract submitters on 11 December 2020.
Thank you for your contribution – we value your input greatly.

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