ISBTS 2015

A Comprehensive Meeting on Intestinal Failure, Rehabilitation and Transplantation

June 10-13, 2015 - Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

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Final Program


Abstract Book


Call for Manuscripts

We are pleased to inform you that there will be several opportunities to publish the product of your scientific work presented at the ISBTS 2015.


Publication options for the scientific production presented at the ISBTS 2015


ISBTS 2015 to honor current Living Legends

The Organizing Committee of the ISBTS 2015 has decided to honor current Living Legends as a way to commemorate distinguished careers that have impacted health care through notable contributions to transplantation, research, and education.

Thomas E. Starzl
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

During the ISBTS 2015, you will have the unique experience of having have a trip to the past, sharing the thoughts and dream that a passionate surgeon, Prof. Thomas Starzl, had when he invented the canine multivisceral transplant operation in 1959, envisioning the allograft as a grape cluster in which the grapes (the individual organs) were attached to and nourished by branches of the large arterial and venous vascular structures of the grape stem.

Starzl's original experimental objective was to remove the non-hepatic organs piecemeal and determine the effect of their absence on the liver, It was not conceivable that either the whole multivisceral graft or the procedures derived from it would be used to treat humans; but they finally would.

Stanley J. Dudrick
Naugatuck, CT, USA

Nutritional Support

The concept of feeding patients entirely parenterally by injecting nutrient substances or fluids intravenously was advocated and attempted long before the successful practical development of total parenteral nutrition (TPN) four decades ago. Realization of this fanciful dream initially required centuries of fundamental investigation coupled with basic technological advances and judicious clinical applications. Most clinicians in the 1950's were aware of the negative impact of starvation on morbidity, mortality, and outcomes, but only few understood the necessity for providing adequate nutritional support to malnourished patients if optimal clinical results were to be achieved. The prevailing dogma in the 1960's was that, "Feeding entirely by vein is impossible; even if it were possible, it would be impractical; and even if it were practical, it would be unaffordable. He proved that TPN and Home TPN were possible.

Prof. Dr. Masayuki Okumura
São Paulo, Brazil

Prof. Okumura is one of the most notable surgeons and scientists from Brazil. He has been a source of inspiration for Brazilians surgeons. 

Pioneer works in Chagas's disease, surgical management of portal hypertension in hepatosplenic schistosomiasis, car crash medical support and devices for renewable energy are some of many accomplishments. In 1968 he performed the first two cases of intestinal transplantation in Latin América, at the Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de Sao Paulo (HC-FMUSP).

Professor Okumura's courage and determination still motivate young physicians in Brazi. At the age of 86 he will be providing insights of his historical landmark.

To celebrate the success of their dreams and to share the progresses made in the field we invite you to participate and to recognise them as the "legends" that they have become.


Important: Reciprocity Fees

Reciprocity Fees

Citizens from the US, Canada and Australia must pay a "reciprocity fee" before travelling to Argentina. This fee is NOT a visa; Argentina does not require a visa from citizens of these countries. For US citizens, payment of the Reciprocity Fee allows unlimited entries to Argentina for a period of 10 years. The current reciprocity fee is USD 100/160 depending on country of origin. This fee must be paid before travelling to Argentina. The Reciprocity Fee can only be paid through the Argentine Immigration Department website: How can I pay the Reciprocity Rates:

You must show a receipt for this payment to an airline representative upon check-in at your departure and submit this receipt to immigration authorities upon arrival.


Letter from the Chairmen

New Letter from the Symposium Chairmen

Four years ago, we were privileged to be awarded the first ISBTS held outside of North America or Europe. In acceptance of this challenge our mission was and still is to organize an unforgettable, state of the art symposium. We are pleased to report our progress on these efforts and to continue to encourage all of you to attend and participate.

At this point, the format of the meeting is set. Uniquely to ISBTS 2015, we will have 9 workshops addressing a broad range of topics. We have many of the world's experts working hard to reach a consensus on 27 questions commonly facing our work in intestinal failure, rehabilitation, transplantation, and TPN management. Our goal remains to publish the final recommendations from these workshops after the meeting. We have also organized 22 breakfast with the experts – an informal interaction with experts in the field to discuss various topics relevant to our mission. There is limited space so be sure to sign up as soon as you arrive at the Symposium's Registration Desk.

The Pre-Symposium has been modified also. It will still occur the day prior to the start of the meeting but will include two parallel sessions; one focused on medical and the other on surgical management, in the morning, and common sessions in the afternoon.

Our AHP focused sessions will be incorporated into the new format. We have also re-instituted the ever popular debates. This year there will be 4 Debates on various intestinal failure, rehabilitation and transplantation topics. Refer to the program for specific details.

Abstract submission has now been closed. All abstracts have been graded with responses sent to the submitting authors soon. We are pleased to announce that we received over 250 abstract submissions this year!

Further, we received submissions from regions that have infrequently participated in ISBTS in the past including Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Registration is now open. The deadline for Early Bird discounts is rapidly approaching.

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While our work is not done, we are pleased with the progress to date and look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city of Buenos Aires.

Gabriel and Doug


Translation/interpreting services

Information for presenters

Should you need a translation of your abstract, or PowerPoint presentation, or else if you need to rehearse your oral presentation in English, we offer the services of our translation/interpreting team highly specialized in the field of medical translation. For further information and quotation, please contact: Claudia Tarazona: or



Wishing to use modern, environmentally friendly technologies all posters will be presented electronically in the presentation format of e-poster. Therefore, there will be no need for printing, carrying and pinning posters in the conference area.


ITA-TTS Scientific Awards

The ITA-TTS Scientific awards are designed to help offset expenses incurred to attend the and are awarded based on the scientific merit of applicants. Therefore, recipients must attend the meeting in order to receive the grant. If an awardee is selected for a scientific award, but do not attend the meeting, the monies of the award will be forfeited.

ITA-TTS Scientific Awards

Sociedad Argentina de Trasplantes Intestinal Transplant Association The Transplantation Society