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July 30, 2012

Transplantation experts to head to Melbourne

Melbourne will host the world’s leading transplantation experts in 2015 when they convene in the city for the Joint International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association (IPITA), International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) and Cell Transplant Society (CTS) Congress.
Announcing the win, Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher  said the opportunity for Melbourne to host the Congress was due to the exceptional quality of transplantation experts based in Victoria and the calibre of research being conducted in the state.
“This is yet another addition to a growing number of medical conferences due to be hosted in the city in 2015,” she  said. “This trend is a result of the incredible bank of brain power located in Victoria and the world-class standard of research being done here.”
The director of the local host for the event, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, and head of the Tom Mandel Islet Transplant Program Professor Tom Kay said he is looking forward to showcasing the incredible work that has been done in Victoria.
“In recent years, major medical research advances have been made in Melbourne. In particular, we have spearheaded the development of an Australian transplant program where insulin producing cells are transplanted into people with difficult to treat Type 1 diabetes, allowing them to become insulin independent,” he said. “Hosting the Congress enables us to strongly engage on the world stage. The investment made into medical research today will secure the best health outcomes for future generations.”
The Congress, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (pictured), is expected to attract 700 delegates to Melbourne over five days and generate an estimated $3.3 million for the state economy.

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