ILTS celebrates International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women's Day, March 8 2022, ILTS highlights the inspiring careers of three of our women members. Three women, all unique and at different stages of their professional path, are the faces of the vibrant ILTS community. By celebrating their achievements, we increase visibility of all our female members while forging a gender-equal professional society.


Nancy K Man is currently the Director of Liver Transplantation and Liver Cancer Research in the Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong.
Nancy K Man 


Professor Nancy K Man is well-recognized for the advancements of liver transplantation research. Her innovative development and successful application of integrated clinical, translational and basic research for liver graft injury and cancer recurrence after transplantation, has resulted in major advances and impact on transplant oncology and immunology. She has published more than 185 original articles with 13588 citations (H index 54).


Nancy has made great efforts in the service to international, national and local academic societies, particular for ILTS as her good standing membership since 2002. She was the President of ILTS (2018-19) and Program Chair of ILTS2018. She was a member of Basic Science Committee, Chair of Scholarship Committee, member of Education Committee and Publication Committee of ILTS.   She is also a founding member of Women Leaders in Transplantation (WLIL), International Mentor of WLIL and a Key Opinion Leader of TTS. Being the President of the Hong Kong Scientist Association (HKSA), Professor Man plays a critical role in the promotion of collaborations among the scientists in HK, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China.  Nancy has also made contributions to the journal of Transplantation as the Regional Associate Editor and Deputy Editor for her extensive experience for translational and basic research in liver transplantation. She is also the editorial board member of “Annals of Surgery”, especially for liver-related research.Dr Man has successfully cultivated many young talents for liver transplantation research.


She and her research team have obtained more than 60 international awards, including numbers of “Rising Star Awards”, “Young Investigator Awards” in the annual congress of ILTS, and “Mentee-Mentor Basic Science Awards”, “Young Investigator Awards” In TTS/TSS meetings over the past 15 years. She has also received the “First Class Award of 2013 Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award from Ministry of Education (MOE), China” and “First Class Award for Science and Technology of Chinese Medical Association (CAE) 2014”.


Audrey Coilly is Associate Professor of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at Centre Hepato-Biliaire, Paul Brousse Hospital, APHP, France
Audrey Coilly


Dr Audrey Coilly is the co-director of the medical program of liver transplantation. She is a member of the Medical School of Bicêtre, Paris-Saclay University. She currently leads one team of the Inserm unit 1193 “Physiopathogenesis and Treatment of Liver Diseases”, led by Pr Didier Samuel.


She is a member of several national and international Hepatology and Liver Transplantation learned societies. She is author of more than 70 publications dedicated to liver transplantation, including several multicentre collaborative, national and international studies and guidelines, resulting in 3153 citations (H index 27). Over the last ten years, Audrey Coilly has given around one hundred national and international invited lectures and has chaired numerous sessions in different meetings. Since 2021, she has coordinated one of the special group of interest of the ILTS interesting in Acute Liver Failure. Her current topics of interest and research are viral hepatitis, liver transplantation for viral hepatitis, but also acute liver failure of unknown cause, vascular liver disease and metabolic diseases.


Varvara A. Kirchner is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Division of Abdominal Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Stanford University, USA.
Varvara Kirchner


Dr Varvara A. Kirchner completed her surgical residency and multi-organ transplant fellowship at the University of Minnesota, USA, and underwent additional training in living donor liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at Asan Medical Center, South Korea. She specializes in living and deceased donor liver and kidney transplantation, total pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplantation, and hepatobiliary surgery.  Her research interests focus on regenerative medicine, stem cell-derived hepatocytes and the impact of aging on cellular function and organism. Dr Kirchner serves as the current chair of the ILTS Vanguard Committee, co-coordinator of the ILTS Liver Transplantation and Infectious Diseases SIG and member of the ILTS Digital Taskforce. She is passionate about improving the care of patients with end-stage organ disease through clinical innovation, research, education and collaborative work of transplant professionals.