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Listen to speakers from all over the world as they share their expertise on the latest
global scientific evidence and vast experience in organ transplantation in Asia.

Pre-convention workshops are available on November 27 for more intensive training on the following topics: transplant immunology, pathology, and deceased organ donation. Learn from the world experts as they discuss the management of real-life cases encountered in the clinics.

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Interview of CAST 2017 Secretary-General Dr. Romina Danguilan at the ESOT2017.

My warmest greetings to the Transplantation Society of the Philippines (TSP) as it hosts the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation.

Constant improvement of oneʼs capacities is the key to our individual and collective success. Thus, I commend TSP for providing a platform where members can be abreast with the emerging trends and innovations in the field. This convention is the perfect opportunity to touch base on the ethical and legal aspects of transplantation. This ensures that our physicians and surgeons will have the necessary know-how to keep up with global standards.

I likewise laud the organization for its dedication to the enhancement of the clinical practice and to the continuous learning and guidance of its members. I hope that you will maintain this commitment even as you pursue the advancement of tissue and organ donation and transplantation in the country.

May the inputs resulting from this conference translate into solutions that will benefit more people. Together, let us work towards becoming a healthy and prosperous nation. I wish you a successful event and all the best in your future endeavours.

Message for CAST 2017

It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation in Cebu, The Philippines. Organ transplantation is the best treatment for many types of organ failure but today less than 10% of the transplant needs are met by transplantation. Asia faces a dual challenge: on the one hand, organ failure rates are higher in Asia than the rest of the world, especially in relation to kidney failure due to diabetes and liver failure due to Hepatitis B. On the other hand, organ transplant rates in Asia are among the lowest in the world. According to the Global Observatory on Organ Donation and Transplantation, rates of kidney transplantation (the most common organ transplant performed worldwide) in 2015 were 5.1 and 6.9 per million population (pmp) among the South East Asian Region and Western Pacific Region (comprising the Asian countries), in contrast to the 32.9 and 28.9 pmp rates for American and European regions respectively. Hence as a transplant community, we have a long journey to increase access to transplantation to those patients in need while ensuring no harm to those who wish to donate them.

The Congresses of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST) are designed to bring to the Asian transplant community an update on the state of the art of the principles and practice of organ donation and transplantation and to provide a forum for sharing best practices and innovations. The Organizing Committee of this 15th CAST has worked hard to put together a rich scientific programme that meets these goals in an exciting yet hospitable and gracious tradition of the Philippines.

Mabuhay and Enjoy!

Professor A Vathsala, Singapore

President, Asian Society of Transplantation


15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation


MABUHAY - is the ubiquitous Tagalog greeting meaning "long life", "good health", "best wishes" and "welcome". With our heartfelt "Mabuhay", we welcome everyone to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation on November 27-30, 2017 set in majestic Cebu, Philippines.

CAST is the definitive biennial transplant congress for Asia. Coming from a very successful CAST 2015 held in Singapore which was attended by more than a thousand participants stretching from Asia to Africa, CAST 2017 will uphold the exceptional quality and comprehensive coverage of transplant topics, issues and controversies that have been the hallmark of our past congresses. Banking on the exceptional line up of speakers both from our beloved Asian counterparts as well as contributions from experts in the US and in Europe, we will tackle the most burning issues and questions on organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We will also highlight its ethical and legal aspects with special emphasis on how transplantation and donation is practiced in Asia.

For CAST 2017, we will also allocate a significant number of sessions for Asian research and innovations in transplantation. These will be moderated and chaired by world-renowned transplant experts. With this, we hope to attract all transplant professionals - physicians and surgeons, as well as pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, nutrition and rehabilitation specialists, clinical and donation coordinators and equally important, all basic science and clinical transplant researchers.

Cebu is a historic city in the Central Visayan region. Mactan Island is where Ferdinand Magellan first landed in 1521 from his historic world-encircling journey from Spain and was immediately enthralled by its natural beauty.

The city is now a combination of modern five-star amenities set amidst kilometers long white sand beaches, coral laden reefs and wading waters for the gentle "butanding" or whale shark. The city itself is complete with all the attractions of a busy and bustling metropolis. The Cebu nightlife is not to be missed and will certainly be a welcome respite from our day-long meetings and educational activities. Add to these, the exquisite local Visayan cuisine topped by our world-renowned Filipino hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you to Cebu - our beach destination capital! We promise a memorable congress of learning, networking, forging of new friendships and renewal of old ones as well as an opportunity for rest and recreation to re-energize and re-boot before heading back to your daily grind.


United Kingdom
  • British surgeon and pioneer in organ transplantation
  • First surgeon to conduct (1) liver transplantation operation in Europe in 1968; (2) liver, heart, and lung transplantation in the world in 1987; (3) intestinal transplant in the UK in 1992; and (4) successful combined stomach, intestine, pancreas, liver, and kidney cluster transplant in 1994
  • Most works were focused on the improvement of immunosuppression techniques aimed at prolonging life of liver transplant recipients
  • Currently the Yoah Ghim Professor of Surgery at the National University of Singapore

PLENARY 6: History of Organ Grafting
November 30, Thursday, 0900-1000

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