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Highlights from World Transplant Congress

At the inaugural World Transplant Congress, held in Boston earlier this year,// a trio of pioneers in the science and surgery of transplantation were awarded the world transplant community's highest honor: The Medawar Prize.

To honor the occasion—and to mark outstanding new research that will lead to tomorrow's advances in transplantation—the official journal of The Transplantation Society, is a special issue dedicated to the World Transplant Congress.

This issue includes the keynote speeches from the Congress, as well as the WTC abstracts that received the highest scores during abstract review. "In 2006 the potential exists for further transplant therapies for a wider range of diseases, benefiting ever more patients and their families," said Prof. Kathryn J. Wood, President of The Transplantation Society, in her address to the inaugural World Transplant Congress. "The Transplantation Society in 2006 is thriving, and has the internal strength and capability to pull together the diverse issues that pertain to the field, to be a forum for the discussion of important, sometimes contentious policy questions, and to develop education for the transplant community around the world."

The three winners of The Medawar Prize were recognized for their pivotal roles in helping to transform organ transplantation from a far-fetched dream to a life-saving treatment for thousands of patients worldwide. Named after Sir Peter Medawar, co-founder of The Transplantation Society, the Medawar Prize is recognized as the world's highest dedicated award for the most outstanding contributions in the field of transplantation. The honorees were:

? Dr. Carl Gustav Groth, whose career spanned the first successful human liver transplants in 1967, to the improvement of immunosuppression, to groundbreaking studies of pancreas and islet cell transplantation for treatment of diabetes.
? Dr. Pekka H?yry, who performed critical experiments showing how
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