Pre-meeting Symposium on Living Donor Transplantation: Beyond Surgery


The LDLT Donor – Accepting a steatotic right lobe living donor– limits, preparation, and role of defatting cocktails; safe use of low GRWR grafts; debates in LDLT: minimally invasive donor hepatectomy: laparoscopic vs. robotic; complex biliary anatomy: short- and long-term risks for the donor; long term psychosocial follow-up of donors post donor hepatectomy.
The LDLT Recipient – How and when to intervene in biliary leaks and strictures post LDLT; evaluation and selection of patients with tumours beyond conventional criteria (UCSF); arterial reconstruction: microscope vs. loupes; what matters in small for size syndrome in LDLT; surgical innovations in LDLT; intraoperative management of PVT; bench reconstruction of complex venous outflow; multiple bile ducts.


Pathology Workshop

  • Transplant oncology: general concept, current status, and future perspectives from the clinical point of view
  • Tumor pathology of HCC, combined HCC-CCA, iCCA and metastatic tumor: tumor diagnosis including diagnostic pitfalls, macro/micro classification and inter/intra-tumoral heterogeneity
  • Chronic liver diseases (viral hepatitis, cholestatic liver disorder particularly PSC) in patients with pre- and post-transplant
  • Fatty liver diseases including (non) alcoholic-steatohepatitis: definition and pathological features in patients with pre- and post-liver transplant.
  • Chemotherapy-induced liver injury (steatohepatitis, NRH, SOS): pathological features and clinical impact

Basic Science Workshop: From Clinical Liver Transplantation to Personalized Patient

  • Care: Omics, Artificial Intelligence and Experimental Models
  • The A_B_C of Liver Transplant Research: Starting a lab for liver transplantation research, from basic science to precision medicine
  • The multi-omics era: Identifying Strategies that will benefit specific research questions in Liver Transplantation.
  • What experimental models can I set up for personalized medicine?
  • New advances in Liver Transplantation Science.
  • How do I publish basic science papers in Transplantation?

Microsurgical Workshop

  • Arterial Revascularization and Management in Liver Transplantation
  • Arterial Revascularization in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
  • Diagnosis and Management of Complications with Follow-up

Radioembolization Workshop (offsite)

  • Management of HCC & ICC; Medical Oncologist view; What is new in Systemic Treatment?
  • Basic Principles and General Angiographic and Technical Considerations
  • Nuclear Medicine Considerations & Dosimetry
  • Post-Radioembolization and Clinical Outcome
  • Case Based Discussion & Video Presentation
  • Live Case

Pre-Congress Special Interest Group (SIGs) Meetings

ILTS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) were introduced in February 2019 to bring together clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals who share a common interest in specific aspects of liver transplantation, promoting education and research in a wide range of topics.
SIG meetings will take place on Wednesday, May 6, pre-Congress at the Congress Center and last for 90 minutes. It is an opportunity for SIG members to meet face-to-face and share knowledge and experiences.


Overview of the SIG Meetings in Istanbul:

Liver Transplant Oncology: Topics for discussion include active prospective studies in transplant oncology around the world and collaborative studies in transplant oncology through ILTS.

DCD, Preservation & Machine Perfusion: Topics for discussion include donor and recipient selection in DCD, regulations and procurement surgery in DCD, overview of machine liver perfusion technology and which grafts require machine perfusion, special considerations and pitfalls in clinical trials using machine perfusion, The Balance of risk: how to match donor and recipients in DCD liver transplantation, Regulations and procurement surgery in DCD, an overview of available machine liver perfusion technologies and Comparing techniques and outcomes: how to design a clinical trial in machine perfusion.

Infectious Diseases and Liver Transplantation: Topics for discussion include transplantation of virally infected (HCV, HBV, HIV) candidates and organs.

Cardiovascular Topics in Liver Transplantation: Topics for discussion include the current era of coronary artery evaluation in liver transplant candidates, intraoperative CV collapse – avoiding the near-death experience, post-transplant heart failure (prediction and prevention), better assessment tools of Fontan associated liver disease
(utility of MELD-XI, elastography, and liver biopsy).

Liver Transplant Immunology: Topics for discussion include a clinical overview of cancer immunotherapy, lessons from cancer immune control, the risk of rejection after the transplant and debate around immune checkpoint inhibitors after liver transplantation for de novo tumor.

Precision Medicine and Biomarkers in Liver Transplantation

The Liver Lounge

The Liver Lounge is a new feature at the ILTS Congress and will be built as an open space located on the Exhibition Floor. The Liver Lounge has a Parallel Programme including debates, videos, and open sessions.

Campfire Session Space

The Campfire Session Space is an informal discussion and networking space located on the Exhibition Floor.