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Women in Transplantation Symposia and Networking Event at FOCIS 2021

Symposia during FOCIS 2021 Congress: ‘Sex as a biological variable in health and disease’

Chaired by Dr. Lori West (Women in Transplantation, Past Chair) and Dr. Deirdre Sawinski (TTS Young Members Committee), Women in Transplantation are delighted to announce this 2-session symposia as part of the FOCIS Congress 2021. There will be a live Q&A session following each session, moderated by Dr. West and Dr. Sawinski.

Tuesday 8th June 2021, 7am-9.45am PT

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Networking Event: ‘Navigating the Iceberg; Strategies for Promoting Gender Equity, Inclusion and Respect in Science’

Co-chaired by Dr. Megan Sykes (Women in Transplantation, Steering Committee) and Dr. Anita Chong (Women in Transplantation, Pillar 1 Chair), this 1 hour networking event will take the form of a workshop, based around the groundbreaking documentary ‘Picture a Scientist’.

Thursday 10th June, 11.45am-12.45pm PT

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WIT promotes discussion of
‘Picture a Scientist’ movie

To celebrate International Women’s Day and continued support for transplantation professionals, Women in Transplantation (WIT), an initiative of The Transplantation Society (TTS) is pleased to announce an entirely new way to network, with the launch of what we hope will be a series of educational and mentoring discussions focused on the celebrated movie ‘Picture a Scientist’


We already have initial viewings happening within groups based in Chicago and Omaha for March and April 2021, who will be tweeting their discussion (#WIT). Most exciting is that WIT will provide members with unlimited opportunities for 1 year to watch the movie at no charge, in either a virtual or in-person format (where possible). WIT hopes that this movie will prompt transplant professionals all over the world to share their experiences, and brainstorm successful ways to advance their professional experience (either online or in person, depending on how you choose to view).

Here is what Dr. Anita Chong (Chair of WIT Pillar 1) has to say about the movie:

‘What struck me was how universal the experiences highlighted in the movie were, and yet, prior to the discussion of the movie, how each female professional thought that they were alone facing these challenges. This movie has motivated me to organize opportunities for women professionals to share their experience, and together, advocate for change one institution at a time.’

If you are interested in hosting a no-charge screening at your institution, please reach out to Katie Tait (WIT Manager) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Women in Transplantation session at ESOT 2021 Pre-Congress webinar

TTS 2020 Virtual Congress Recordings

How Sex Impacts Post-Transplant Course

How Sex Impacts Post-Transplant Course (Track: Sex and Gender in Tx)

Sex differences in cancer risk post-transplant
Anna Buxeda, Spain

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Sex differences in infection risks and vaccine responses
Deepali Kumar, Canada

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Sex and the heart: Major cardiovascular events in transplantation
Darshana Dadhania, United States

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Sex in the Time of SARS-CoV-2 – Relevance to Tx (Workshop)

Question and Answer Recording. Links to each of the speaker presentations are below this video.

Sex in the Time of SARS-CoV-2 – Relevance to transplantation (Track: Sex and Gender in Tx)

Sex, gender, and their impact on COVID 19
Deborah Clegg, United States

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Sex mAtteRS-CoV-2 in Transplantation
Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze, Canada

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Bethany J. Foster, Canada
- Panelist
Biff F. Palmer, United States
- Panelist
Amanda Vinson, Canada
Sex & Gender in Transplantation (Oral Session)

Question and Answer Recording. Links to each of the speaker presentations are below this video.

Sex and Gender Abstract Session (Track: Sex and Gender in Tx)

Differences in pulse wave velocity between transplanted boys and girls: Longitudinal analysis of 4C-T study
Rizky I. Sugianto, Germany

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Donor and recipient sex affect transplant outcomes in an age-specific fashion
Ryoichi Maenosono, United States

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Gender disparities in transplantation research
Stan Benjamens, Netherlands

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Women empowerment in the field of organ donation and transplantation - Are we there yet?
Vasanthi Ramesh, India

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2020 WIT Awards

Many congratulations to our Award Winners on your outstanding contributions and achievement!

The Women in Transplantation Steering Committee have created the Woman Leader in Transplantation Award to recognize a woman who has helped further the field of transplantation through research, policies, leadership, initiatives or other regarded contributions. The Unsung Hero Award was created to honour one woman who has had an extraordinary impact in transplantation through community service, volunteering, mentorship or other community based activity. Awards are presented during the presidential address at the TTS International Congress. This year WIT had an abundance of exceptional applicants.

Woman Leader in Transplantation Award

  • Basic Science
    Anita Chong, University of Chicago
    United States
  • Clinical / Translational Science
    Elaine Reed, UCLA
    United States

Unsung Hero Award

  • Lkhaakhuu Od-Erdene
  • Yingzi Ming
  • Rose Marie O. Rosete-Liquete
  • Vasanthi Ramesh
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Celebrating 10 Years of Promoting Gender Equity and Inclusiveness in Transplanation

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The Transplantation Society

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