6 October, 2020

DTI Foundation in the TTS 2020 Congress

During September 13th to 16th, DTI Foundation joined the first virtual edition of The Transplantation Society-TTS congress.

Our team was really busy during this event presenting abstracts, posters and attending virtual conferences lively from all over the world. Here are the main activities we were involved those days.

Co-organizing with TTS the Networking sessions:

  • “Deceased Organ Donation in COVID Times”; this session count with the participation of key organ donation and transplant leaders worldwide and at the same time it was possible to present the  IDOTCOVID database,   the International Database on Organ Donation and Transplantation-COVID19 that will assist transplant clinicians with their medical decisions on transplant patients covid+.    
  • The MENA, Middle East and North of Africa session gathered 121 participants from more than 10 countries of the area. It was explained what the current situation of donation in these countries is and what are the most important points to develop the donation. The conclusion is that as this region will grow a lot in the future (more than 500 million people) and will have a high demand for organs for transplantation, it is very important to develop systems that would handle this situation.
  • “New technologies applied to organ donation”, the objective was to offer to the organ donation and transplant network an up-to-date session regarding how new technologies could assist their daily work. Twenty institutions from around the world participated in the session as panellists. The following topics were covered during the networking session: telemedicine platforms, management software. Database & Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and novelties in machines perfusions.

One of these new technologies is the electronic consultancy platform I-DTI, an online tool that allows knowledge exchange between healthcare professionals related to organ donation and transplantation. It was launched internationally at the congress and the preliminary results of implementation of the i-DTI beta version were presented during the Education abstract session. I-DTI is offering a free access until December 2020 to support to the health care professionals during the COVID-19 global situation.  More info: https://www.i-dti.com/

More abstracts were presented such as the European Project ODISSeA (Organ Donation Innovative Strategies for Southeast Asia) as well as the work done regarding the ISO Quality Certification for a Hospital-Based Organ Procurement Unit-The United Arab Emirates Experience, and Implementation Results of the First Hospital-Based Organ Procurement Unit in Kerala (India).

Sisters despite pandemics: Two TTS-ISN projects going on virtually

We miss our regular picture in front of the ISN booth at the congress but we are still with enthusiastic and hard working with our partners in Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The Sister program level A with Philippines, Southern Philippines Medical Center, is going on despite COVID pandemics, reinforcing knowledge and expertise exchange through I-DTI platform and online courses in a virtual way. Webinars, courses and clinical cases debates have been some of our activities, but we are looking forward to restart professional exchanges!

With Sri Lanka, Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital’s, we have started level C to reinforce the current programs of kidney transplant and organ procurement but also to contribute on the implementation of pancreas transplant program. In this first stage COVID hasn’t interfere too much but we are looking forward to meeting both teams soon!

A new 100% online edition for our historical International Master’s degree on donation and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells.

The new version that allows anyone, anywhere to pursue our University of Barcelona Master’s degree has been presented in the congress. Our wish is to break borders and pandemics with innovative and immersive experiences. We have been working hard on it and hope that the new participants this year will enjoy it as much as we have done it designing it! We will keep you updated!

DTI Challenge Game: using gamification in the TTS congress to learn and play

DTI foundation, together with Compettia/Atririvity Co., have designed an App that allows participants to challenge each other through organ procurement, transplantation and COVID questions and was highly interactive during the congress. Participants can train, learning and having fun at the same time!

The winner has been Dr. Manuel Enrique Núñez Duarte from Colombia and he has won an online course. CONGRATULATIONS!

We have enjoyed with this experience and we are working on finding the way to make you enjoy it too!