The 25th anniversary of the Transplant Procurement Management (TPM project) was celebrated on the 14th of November with a glamorous Academic Event in the Aula Magna of the central building of the University of Barcelona.
The opening ceremony was leaded by the acting rector of this University Dr. Jordi Alberch together with Dr. Eduardo Martín, responsible of the Education Programs at the National Transplant Organization (ONT), Dr. Jaume Tort, Director of The Catalan Transplant Organization (OCATT), Dr. Marti Manyalich Director of the TPM project, and Dr. Ricard Valero, Academic Director of the TPM project.
Following the ceremony, a throwback video with the most important moments of the lifetime of TPM was showed. In continuity, Dr. José Maria Domínguez, one of the pioneers of the TPM project and currently intensive care doctor at the Hospital Virgen del Rocío, Seville and Mrs. Susan Gunderson, Chief Executive Officer of LifeSource , Minnesota, USA, on behalf of the international community congratulated the TPM team. Further congratulation messages form the TPM friends and collaborators who did not attend the folowed ceremony, such: Dr. Danica Avsec from Slovenia, Dr. Ramadan Jashari from Belgium, Dr. Huang Jiefu from China, Dr. Häkan Gabel from Sweden, Dr. Francis Delmonico from USA and Dr. Alessandro Nanni Costa from Italy. In all the messages were highlighted the impact of the TPM trainings in increasing the donation rates in their respective countries.
The most recent successful collaboration agreement was signed during this ceremony. This agreement engages in collaboration the 303 Military Hospital in Nanning, China, the Donation and Transplantation Institute in Barcelona and the “12 of Octubre” Hospital in Madrid. The agreement was signed by the respective representatives, Dr. Ke Qin, Dr. Marti Manyalich and Dr. Amado Andrés. A gratitude video message from Prof. Xuyong Sun, the director of the transplant program at the 303 Military Hospitals followed. The Honorable Consul of China in Barcelona, Mr. Hang Teng and the Vice-consul, Mrs. Wenerya Wen attended the agreement signing ceremony.
Another important moment of the ceremony was the introduction to the “DTI Community”, a future project in where the DTI Foundation wishes to join together all the 13.000 professionals from 100 countries that have been trained up to day and to promote the community for the forthcoming professionals.
And finally, a round table with open discussions on the TPM role and the figure of the Transplant Coordinator was organized. Leaded by Dr. Assumpta Ricart from hospital Vall d´Hebron in Barcelona and with the participation of Dr. Mirela Bušić from Croatia, Mrs. Wenshi Jiang from China and Dr. Francesco Procaccio from Italy, this round table perfectly summarized the professionalism and the passion characterizing the Transplant Procurement Manager.
A social event closed the celebration of the 25th anniversary of TPM.
Happy birthday TPM and many more to come!!!