Program

Program per day of the 1st state-of-the-art meeting

Friday October 19th

Venue: NH Hotel Gent Belfort

9:00-9:05

Welcome

9:05-13:00

Before transplantation

Chair: Sara Brucker and Steven Weyers

09:05 – 09:25 The genetics of MRKH – syndrome. Olivier Vanakker, Ghent University, Belgium

09:25 – 09:45 Women’s perspectives of UFI and UTx. Ruth Farrell, Cleveland Clinic, USA

09:45 – 10:05 Inclusion and exlusion criteria for participation form: a UK perspective. Natasha Hammond-Browning, University of Gloucestershire

10:05 – 10:25 Pre-operative somatic screening of living and deceased donors: What is necessary? Sara Brucker, Tubingen University, Germany

10:25 – 10:45 Psychological protocol prior to transplantation. Isabelle Stuyver, Ghent University, Belgium

10:45 - 11:15  COFFEE BREAK

11:15 – 11:35 Pre-operative screening including imaging: the Swedisch experience. Mats Brännström, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg

11:35 – 11:55  The vaginal anastomosis and pelvic support: How to prevent vaginal strictures.
Rebecca Flyckt, Cleveland Clinic, USA

11:55 – 12:15  Surgical techniques in the deceased donor. Andy Tzakis, Cleveland Clinic, USA

12:15 – 12:35  Cryopreservation of embryos, oocytes and/or ovarian tissues for future UTx. Nobuhiko Suganuma, Nagoya University, Japan

12:35 – 13:00  Discussion

13:00-14:00

Lunch break

14:00-17:00

Reports on the (new) cases (only human)

Chair: Xavier Rogiers-Pernilla Dahm-Kahler

with a structured report including:

  • Evaluation protocol (somatic and psychological) 
  • IVF protocol and number of stored embryos 
  • Type of transplantation (living vs deceased)
  • Type of recipients
  • What vessels used and surgical technique
  • Ischemic times
  • Peroperative complications  
  • Immediate postoperative monitoring (> vascular)
  • Immunosuppressive protocol 
  • Renal outcomes 
  • Psychological outcome
  • Follow-up schedule
  • Rejections 
  • Postoperative Complications (infections, thrombosis, bleeding)
  • Pregnancy                                                                                  

14:00 – 14:20 Jiri Frönek, IKEM Prague, Czech Republic

14:20 – 14:40 Rebecca Flyckt, Andy Tzakis, Cleveland Clinic, USA

14:40 – 15:00 Sara Brucker, Tuebingen University, Germany

15:00 – 15:20 Randa Akouri, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden (the Lebanon experience)

15:20-15:50    COFFEE BREAK

15:50 – 16:10 Dani Ejzenberg, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

16:10 – 16:30 Mats Brännström, Pernilla Dahm-Kahler, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden

16:30 – 17:00 Discussion

17:00-18:30

Board meeting

19:30

Dinner

Saturday October 20th

Venue: NH Hotel Gent Belfort

9:15-12:15

After transplantation

Chair: Stefan Tullius-Steven Van Laecke    

09:15 – 09:35 Immunosuppression. Stefan Tullius, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

09:35– 09:55 Neovagina after transplantation: Strictures and how to treat them. Jiri Fronek, IKEM Prague, Czech Republic

09:55 – 10:15 Pathological diagnosis of rejection: past, present and future. Johan Mölne, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden

10:15 – 10:35 Infections after uterus transplantation: frequency and how to prevent and treat them. Steven Van Laecke, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium

10:35 - 11:05  COFFEE BREAK

11:05 – 11:25 Relational complexities and meanings accorded to the uterus. Results from in-depth interviews with women with AUFI. Lisa Guntram, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

11:25 – 11:45 The registry: current status. Mats Brännström, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden

11:45 – 12:15 Discussion

12:15-13:15

Lunch break

13:15-16:30

A look into the future

Chair: Mats Brännström-Jiri Frönek

13:15 – 13:35 Emerging areas of transplantation: opportunities for basic science. Stefan Tullius, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

13:35 – 13:55 Living versus deceased donation. Jiri Fronek, IKEM Prague, Czech Republic

13:55 – 14:15 Place of minimal invasive surgery in uterus transplantation. Pernilla Dahm-Kahler, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg

14:15 – 14:35 IVF stimulation protocol, place of PGS and the embryo transfer. Rebecca Flyckt, Cleveland Clinic, USA

14:35 – 14:55 Some critical thoughts about the introduction of UTx in the clinic. Heidi Mertes, Ghent University, Belgium

14:55 – 15:25 COFFEE BREAK

15:25 – 15:45 Targeting connexins with Gap27 protects human uterus biopsies against cell death associated with cold storage.

Katarzyna Szymańska, Ghent University, Belgium

15:45 – 16:05 Group preparation for uterus transplantation. Inbar Ben Shachar, ZIV Medical Center, Israel

16:05 – 16:25 An Ethical Framework for Uterus Transplantation. Nicola Williams, Stephen Wilkinson, Lancaster University, UK

16:25 – 16:45 What veins to use? Tommaso Falcone, Cleveland Clinic, USA

16:45 – 17:05 Discussion and wrap-up. Andy Tzakis, Cleveland Clinic, USA