Dr Xinsheng Ju talks about his recent attendance at the 2015 Transplantation Science Symposium (TSS 2015)
TSS 2015 was held in Lorne, Victoria Melbourne from November 11-13. The meeting place at the Mantra was located on 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens facing onto the beachfront of Lorne, so there was no complaints from me in attending!
The scientific program covered from cutting edge basic and translational science in and beyond transplantation. Guest speakers included Peter Doherty, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 and Shimon Sakaguchi who firstly discovered regulatory T cells. The round table discussion brought up rich fresh ideas and suggestions for possibility new discovery. I presented my poster about our current research on targeting CD83 molecules with human anti human CD83 antibody for preventing graft versus host diseases after hematopietic stem cell transplantation. The presentation drew attention from several scientists who expressed interest in further collaboration to expand the research into areas such as inducing tolerance after solid organ transplantation. Overall, it was a brilliant meeting for transplant researchers and I walked away with new knowledge and names for future research collaborations. The next TSS meeting will be in Hong Kong August 18-23 2016.