Professor Anthony Warrens, Dean for Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been elected President of the British Transplantation Society (BTS), the professional organisation of organ transplantation in the UK. The announcement was made at the BTS’s recent Annual Congress in Bournemouth.
Professor Warrens has recently completed a five-year term as Treasurer at the Society and has now become Vice-President for two years, after which he will automatically become President for two years. His academic title is ‘Professor of Renal and Transplantation Medicine’ and his research interests include the mechanisms of rejection of transplanted organs, the potential for using animals as organ donors (xenotransplantation) and attitudes to organ donation.
Formed in 1972 the British Transplantation Society is the professional voice of transplantation in the UK. Membership is multi-disciplinary and includes clinicians from a wide range of specialties, both medical and surgical, basic scientists, scientists working in Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, nurses, donor coordinators, and professions allied to medicine and ethicists.
On his election Professor Warrens said: “I am extremely honoured to have been elected by my professional colleagues in the field of transplantation to lead the Society. We are fortunate to have some extremely talented and dedicated people in UK transplantation and it will be a pleasure to have this ongoing opportunity to work with them.
"Organ transplantation is one of the great medical successes of recent years but too few people are able to benefit, largely because of the scarcity of organs. I can promise that the Society will continue to work with the NHS, academia and Government to decrease the magnitude of this shortfall as quickly as possible over the ensuing years and to improve transplantation throughout the country.”
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