Basic and Translational Research

This Committee encourages presentation of basic research findings at the Annual Meeting, organizes workshops on specific basic science topics and strives to create a network of expert centers dedicated to the basic study of liver transplantation.

Key aims:

  1. To represent and recruit ILTS members engaged in basic and translational research,
  2. To encourage their participation in the ILTS Annual Congress and other educational programs, promoting awareness of advances in Basic Science to all ILTS members,
  3. To promote communication and fellowship between basic scientists and clinicians in all disciplines,
  4. To foster collaborative links with relevant ILTS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and with scientists in other relevant specialist societies, including the development of a network of expert centers dedicated to translational research in liver transplantation.

Key tasks and dates:

  1. Meet at Annual Congress (May-July) to review recent activities and member feedback, discuss council input from the most recent council meeting and develop an agenda for the following year.
  2. In collaboration with any relevant Special Interest Group(s), develop Basic Science sessions and workshops for the ILTS Annual Congress: June-September, submit to program chair (President-Elect) by September 30.
  3. In collaboration with any relevant Special Interest Group(s), review Basic Science abstracts for ILTS Annual Congress: beginning from the abstract closing date (December-January), to be completed one week before the program Committee Meeting in January or February.
  4. In collaboration with any relevant Special Interest Group(s), develop or approve Basic Science sessions for other ILTS-sponsored Meetings.
  5. Review online applications for committee membership annually (January-March) and nominate replacements for members expiring in that year. The process as per ILTS Committees Policy, to be completed four weeks before the Annual Congress.
  6. Advise and assist ILTS website team re Basic Science content.
  7. Report twice yearly to ILTS Council: January-February written report for Winter Council Meeting agenda book, May-June written report for Annual Congress Council meeting agenda book and chair to present in person.
  8. Advise the Executive Committee and Council on science-related issues, especially education and member recruitment.

Key performance metrics:

  1. Satisfactory reports to ILTS Council
  2. Participant numbers and feedback re Basic Science sessions and workshops at the annual congress and ILTS-sponsored meetings
  3. Growth in Basic Science membership

Committee Members:

  • Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD – Past Chair {2022} Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Markus Selzner, MDChair {2022} Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Paulo Martins MD, PhD, FAST Vice-Chair {2022} University Of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
  • Valeria Mas, M.S., PhD, FASTAffiliated Councilor {2023}, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA
  • Maen Abdelibrahim, MD, PhD, Pharm.B {2024} Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA
  • Mamatha Bhat, MD {2022} Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada
  • Eliano Bonaccorsi Riani, MD {2022} Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc at Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Brussels, Belgium
  • Juliet Emamaullee, MD, PhD {2024} University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Corey Eymard, MD {2022} Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA
  • Cheng-Maw Ho, MD, PhD {2024} National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Muhammed Yuksel, Bsc, Msc, PhD {2024} Koc University Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ali Zarrinpar,MD, PhD, FACS, FAST {2023} Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

*Committee terms end at Annual Congress in year shown in brackets

Trainee Members

  • Angela Chen, MD {2022} Indiana University School Of Medicine, IN, USA
  • Zoltan Czigany, MD, PhD {2022} University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany
  • Isabel Brüggenwirth MD/PhD candidate {2022} University Medical Center Gröningen, Gröningen, Netherlands



Committee Members testimonies:

Committee Terms of Reference

Revisions of these terms of reference:

1 August 2019 ( J R Klinck, ILTS Special Projects):

Key aims, item 4 revised with addition as follows: “To foster collaborative links with relevant ILTS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and…”

Key tasks and dates, items 2, 3, 4 revised with the addition of “In collaboration with any relevant Special Interest Group(s),…”