Special Interest Groups

ILTS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are being introduced to bring together clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals who share a common interest in specific aspects of liver transplantation, promoting education and research in a wide range of topics. Current terms of reference are shown below, as posted 13 July 2018 by J R Klinck, ILTS Director of Special Projects.  

As of February 2019, seven SIG topics have been approved and steering committees are being designated. PLEASE NOTE: NO FURTHER SIG APPLICATIONS CAN BE CONSIDERED until ILTS has established the costs and administrative workload associated with this pilot group.

We expect each SIG to establish an online forum and to assist with abstract selection for future ILTS meetings. We plan to pilot WhatsApp as the SIG forum platform, saving edited commentaries to the SIG webpage.  SIGs may also use existing software in the ILTS.org Education pages to develop topic-based education portfolios. More information on these initiatives will be posted soon.

SIG mobile-based discussions: ILTS draft policy and disclaimer 

SIG applications (and proposal originators) approved as of 9 February 2019

Liver Transplant Oncology – Gonzalo Sapisochin, Taizo Hibi

DCD, Preservation & Machine Perfusion – Amelia Hessheimer, Marit Kalisvaart

Infectious Diseases and Liver Transplantation – Varvara Kirchner

Living Donor Liver Transplantation – Prashant Bhangui

Cardiovascular Topics in Liver Transplantation – Manhal Izzy, Kym Watt, Ryan Chadha

Liver Transplant Immunology – Eleonora De Martin

Precision Medicine and Biomarkers in Liver Transplantation – Valeria Mas, Nancy Kwan Man

SIG Terms of Reference

SIG purpose and aims:

ILTS Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are being introduced to bring together clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals who share a common interest in specific aspects of liver transplantation, promoting education and research in a wide range of topics.


Key SIG tasks* 

  • Propose topics for ILTS congress and specialist meetings
  • Nominate invited speakers
  • Select annual congress abstracts
  • Develop ILTS clinical guidelines and consensus statements
  • Develop ILTS online learning modules
  • Prioritize and organize multicentre clinical research
  • Edit and approve relevant online surveys

* All should be done in consultation with any ILTS committee covering related scientific content, e.g. Basic and Translational Research, Anesthesia, Pediatrics, Pathology, Radiology

Key SIG resources:

  • Administrative support from ILTS staff
  • Dedicated, mobile-optimized Listserv-style discussion groups
  • ILTS.org learning modules
  • Potential registry and research database development

SIG proposals, Steering Committee nominations and membership

  • Any ILTS member may propose a topic title for a new SIG by completing an online application
  • Applications will be evaluated by the President-Elect and Executive Committee
  • Each will be administered by a Steering Committee of ten members including one or two co-ordinating individuals (Topic Co-ordinators).
  • The application should recommend
    • five principal nominees, including topic co-ordinator(s) and applicant
    • three reserve nominees for ILTS Executive Committee consideration
  • The Executive Committee may then nominate two additional individuals, and up to five if preferred to the reserve nominees in the application (see next bullet point)
  • The Executive Committee may suggest a narrower or broader scope for any given topic, and may consider the balance of senior/mentor and younger faculty participation, as well as appropriate specialty and regional representation, as long as these serve the best interests of ILTS
  • SIG membership is open to any individual professionally involved in liver transplantation, but anyone serving on a Steering Committee must be an ILTS member
  • No individuals should be formally invited to join a Steering Committee before Executive Committee  approval

SIG leadership roles:

  • Co-ordinators and Steering Committee members will serve for three years, renewable for up to three years
  • New Steering Committee members will be selected from online applications by the Topic Co-ordinator(s) and a senior committee member, to be approved by the President-Elect

  • Topic Co-ordinator(s) will:

o   Oversee and correspond on behalf of the SIG Steering Committee

o   Set the agenda and preside over the annual SIG Steering Committee meeting and other SIG meetings

o   Maintain Steering Committee minutes or assign this task to another committee member

o   Work closely with ILTS staff to develop member communications and membership marketing

o   Participate in conference calls and one in-person meeting annually with the Council Liaison (President Elect) or other ILTS leadership representatives. If the SIG Co-ordinator cannot participate, another Steering Committee member should be nominated

o   Maintain list of SIG members

o   Prepare an annual report for ILTS council

o   Serve in other topic-related roles as requested by ILTS Council

o   Work with the Steering Committee to develop educational activities for SIG members

  • The Steering Committee members will:

o   Work together to effectively represent all SIG members

o   Serve additional responsibilities as requested by ILTS Council including

      • Review and update of abstract categories and descriptors for topics specific to the SIG
      • Propose a ranked list of abstract reviewers for each of the abstract categories specific for the SIG to be reviewed and approved by the ILTS President Elect. Abstract reviewers should be selected on the basis of demonstrated expertise based on recent peer-reviewed publications in the specific area.
      • Work with the Topic Co-ordinator to develop educational activities for SIG members
  • Steering Committee performance metrics: annual report to Council, SIG growth, congress and specialist meetings program feedback

**These Terms of Reference for SIG governance and proceedings are as currently proposed and may be revised after further Council input**

Last revision 15 November 2018