On 10th of May, took place the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the DTI Foundation (Donation & Transplantation Institute) at the Parc Científic of Barcelona. More than a hundred attendees went to the event. Since its formation, DTI has carried out 21 international cooperation projects and has earned 123,500 years of life.
Many authorities attended to the ceremony, such as Dr Martí Manyalich, the president of the DTI Foundation, Dr Beatriz Dominguez, the director of the National Transplant Organization (ONT), Dr Jaume Tort, the director of the Catalan Transplant Organization (OCATT), Dr Francesc Cardellach, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Barcelona (UB) and Mr. Ignasi Belda, deputy director of the Parc Científic of Barcelona.
During the celebration, several presentations were made. The director of the ONT, Dr Beatriz Dominguez talked about the organ donation and transplantation in Spain and around the world. Also, it was officially presented the DTI Community by the executive director of the Foundation, Dr María Paula Gómez. Dr Manyalich was also honoured with the honorary distinction of ‘Hippocratic Physician’, awarded by the Hippocratic Movement of the Island of Kos, Greece, homeland of the “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates. This award recognizes doctors who have distinguished themselves by two key aspects in the art of medicine, according to Hippocrates: scientific excellence and dedication to humanity.
Moreover, congratulatory videos of some of the international experts working with the Foundation who could not attend the event in person but who were present on this special day were also projected.
Leading organization in transfer of knowledge in organ donation and transplant
DTI Foundation was born in 2008 with the aim of helping to increase the donation in the world and save more lives. The entity facilitates and improves resources so that organ donation is possible all over the world.
The Foundation’s commitment to society is to improve the quality of life of the population and to promote the development of tissues and regenerative medicine. The resources in which the organization has invested to achieve are the knowledge and the training of health professionals through the international educational program TPM (Transplant Procurement Management). Operating since 1991, more than 14,000 healthcare professionals have been trained in more than 100 countries around the world.
Therefore, DTI has professionalized the donation and transplant activity through the life experience and knowledge of all the people who are part of the Foundation. Consequently, it is helping to raise awareness about that the organs of deceased patients can be lives for the patients who are waiting for them.
A donation is a great human act: by the doctors who know how to transmit the need to give the organs and by the family members, who are generous and choose the best possible decision.
Dr Martí Manyalich, president of DTI Foundation.