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2017 International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Awards

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The Transplantation Society (TTS), along with the collaboration of other Societies, acknowledge the contributions of basic science to the field of Transplantation.

The International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor awards recognize the efforts of established scientists, who have advanced our understanding of transplantation, and the mentorship of new young investigators.

The Mentee-Mentor Awards will be given on May 25th during the International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Networking Event to be held at 19:30 in the Harbour Room.


These Awards were made possible with the contribution of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation


Shweta Tyagi, India – Mentee / Uma Kanga, India – Mentor
Expression of sHLA-G Identifies Favorable Outcome in Renal Transplant Recipients.


Sahil Bagai, India – Mentee / Manish Rathi, India – Mentor
Correlation of Pretransplant Glucose Metabolism with the development of New Onset Diabetes After Renal Transplantation.

TTS/JST Awards

These Awards were made possible with the contribution of the Japan Society for Transplantation.


Nobuki Ishida, Japan – Mentee / Kohei Ishiyama, Japan – Mentor
Suppressing Liver Natural Killer Cells Activation by Cotransplantation of Preactivated Mesenchymal Stem Cells Contributes to Improvement of Islet Graft Survival.


Masakatsu Kaneshiro, Japan – Mentee / Atsushi Yoshizawa, Japan – Mentor
Analysis of human leucocyte antigen class II expression in graft liver tissue; Donor specific antibodies and graft liver fibrosis.

TTS/NTV Awards

These Awards were made possible with the contribution of the Nederlandse Transplantatie Vereniging.


Fleur Peters, The Netherlands – Mentee / Karin Boer, The Netherlands – Mentor
Identification of Kidney Transplant Patients at Risk for Skin Cancer by Differentially Methylated Regions in T Cells

TTS/SET Awards

These Awards were made possible with the contribution of the Sociedad Espanola de Transplante


Rebeca Arroyo-Hornero, UK – Mentee / Fadi Issa, UK – Mentor
Modulation of CD27/CD70 Co-Stimulatory Pathway may Allow for the Generation of a More Potent Human Regulatory T Cell Product for Cell Therapy


These Awards were made possible with the contribution of The Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand.


Moumita Paul-Heng, Australia – Mentee / Alexandra Sharland, Australia – Mentor
Recognition of Intact Donor Class I by Recipient CD8+ T Cells is Required for Tolerance Induction Following Liver-Directed Transgene Expression.


Paul Wilcox, Australia – Mentee / Bruce Hall, Australia – Mentor
CD8 Expression Increases Suppressive Ability of CD4+CD25+Treg and is a Marker of Antigen-Specificity.

TTS Awards

This Award was made possible with the contribution of The Transplantation Society.


Xiaomeng Hu, USA – Mentee / Sonja Schrepfer, USA - Mentor
Generation of hypoimmunogenic induced pluripotent stem cells for allogeneic cell and tissue transplantation.


Timm Heinbokel, USA – Mentee / Stefan G. Tullius, USA – Mentor
A Shifting Balance: innate immunity impacts characteristics and specificity of alloimmune responses in aging.


Yoshihiro Ono, USA – Mentee / Angus Thomson, USA – Mentor
Graft-Infiltrating PD-L1hi Cross-Dressed Dendritic Cells Subvert Donor-Reactive T Cell Responses in Mouse Liver Transplant Tolerance.


Gaelen Dwyer, USA – Mentee / Heth Turnquist, USA – Mentor
The “Type 2” Cytokine, Interlukin-33, Generates Potent CD4+ST2+Tbet+ Th1 Responses Independently of IL-12 under Lymphopenic Conditions.


Jianing Fu, USA – Mentee / Megan Sykes, USA – Mentor
Differing Mechanisms for Early Versus Persistent Donor T cell Chimerism in Peripheral Blood of Human Intestinal Transplant Recipients.

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