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Highlights from World Transplant Congress

immune system cells respond to and kill foreign cells after transplantation. Dr. H?yry also performed landmark studies of the diagnosis and prevention of kidney transplant rejection.
? Sir Peter John Morris, who performed trailblazing research into the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) system, which plays a critical role in matching organs for transplantation to compatible donors.

The World Transplant Congress, held July 2006 in Boston, was the first joint meeting of three leading professional societies: The Transplantation Society, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the American Society of Transplantation. The Congress was attended by over 6,500 registrants from 50 different countries, representing the broad range of professional disciplines involved in transplantation.

More than 3,000 research studies were accepted in abstract form for presentation at the Congress. The special issue of Transplantation publishes the 40 papers that gained the highest scores in the peer-review process, representing the pinnacle of current transplantation research.

Also presented are the acceptance speeches made by the three Medawar Prize honorees, which provide fascinating insights into some of the most critical developments in the history of transplantation. Other highlights include keynote addresses to the World Transplant Congress by Sen. Hilary Clinton of New York and Alonzo Mourning, National Basketball Association star and kidney transplant recipient.

Prof. Wood and the Editors of Transplantation offer thanks and congratulations to the Medawar Prize honorees, as well as to the researchers whose outstanding work earned them inclusion in the special World Transplant Congress issue. "The Editors would like to express their thanks to those who contributed to this special issue of Transplantation dedicated to the WTC and to all those who have played a role in the very successful year enjoyed by the journal."

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