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International DCD Congress & Consensus

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Start Date:
Thursday, October 10th 2024
End Date:
Saturday, October 12th 2024
Bucharest, Romania
Description & Objectives:

With a renewed interest in DCD donation fuelled by many innovations, the DCD Congress is a landmark and timely meeting for professionals where advancements in Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) procedures will be discussed. Over two days, we will engage in constructive discussions on various crucial topics, exchanging insights and exploring new ideas:

  • DCD Then and Now: Reflecting on past achievements and envisioning future advancements
  • Regulatory Frameworks and Procedures: Applied to DCD worldwide
  • Criteria for Death Determination: Models for Implementing DCD Donation
  • Total and Functional Warm Ischemia Time: Definition and Clinical Implications
  • The Thoraco-Abdominal Perfusion Revolution in Controlled DCD
  • Donor Management Strategies: NRP (Normothermic Regional Perfusion) vs. other perfusion technologies, donor intervention strategies, and more

The DCD Congress is designed to offer participants a comprehensive learning experience:

  • Gain a profound understanding of the historical evolution of DCD and the field’s current state.
  • Explore and compare regulatory frameworks and procedures applied to DCD worldwide, fostering a global perspective on organ transplantation.
  • Examine and discuss organ perfusion techniques and explore their role in the context of DCD donation, ensuring you stay abreast of the latest technical innovations.
  • Delve into criteria for death determination and understand the challenges in implementing DCD donation, equipping you with strategic insights.
  • Understanding the definitions and clinical implications of warm ischemic times is crucial for enhancing patient outcomes.
  • Examine and discuss cutting-edge strategies for donor management and more.

We are also delighted to extend a special invitation to join us in paying tribute to our esteemed colleague, Paolo Muiesan whose pioneering contributions to DCD techniques and protocols have significantly impacted the field of transplantation. A special lecture will celebrate his legacy and inspire us to continue advancing the field.

The congress will culminate with the DCD Consensus, presenting preliminary consensus statements that focus on:

  • critical aspects of DCD donor management
  • paediatric DCD
  • NRP
  • death determination by circulatory criteria

This represents a remarkable opportunity for us to collectively shape the future of the field, overcome challenges, and work towards a more unified approach to DCD organ transplantation.


International DCD Congress co-Chairs

Beatriz Dominguez-Gil, Spain
Gabriel Oniscu, Sweden

Scientific Programme Committee

Corinne Antoine, France
Laurens Ceulemans, Belgium
Kris Croome, USA
Dale Gardiner, UK
Amelia Hessheimer, Spain
Jordan Hoffman, USA
Sarah Hosgood, UK
Nuria Masnou, Spain
Arne Neyrinck, Belgium
Matteo Ravaioli, Italy

DCD Consensus co-Chairs

Dominique Martin, Australia
Umberto Cillo, Italy

DCD Donor Management
Alicia Perez-Blanco, Spain
Helen Opdam, Australia

Paediatric DCD
Marion Siebelink, The Netherlands
Matthew Weiss, Canada

Marius Berman, United Kingdom
Eduardo Miñambres, Spain
Francesco Procaccio, Italy
Alexandra Glazier, USA


Crowne Plaza Bucharest

Bulevardul Poligrafiei 1, București 013704, Romania

Website: https://www.cpbucharest.ro/en


General Information

The official language of the conference is English.
All participants must register online through the official website.


The International DCD Congress & Consensus will apply for the accreditation of the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®).

Abstracts Submission

Submission categories:

  • Donor clinical management
  • Ethics and legislation
  • Organ dedicated: lung, liver, kidney, heart
  • Organ preservation

The abstract submission platform will remain available until 13 May at 23:59 CEST.


ESOT Membership

Please note that you must be an ESOT member in good standing to register at the reduced fee.

If you have any doubts about your affiliation or any other inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the ESOT team  (askme@esot.org).


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Irene Garcia
ESOT Team – Head of Congress & Events

Anastasia Galibina
ESOT Team – Scientific Programme Manager


Our bespoke approach ensures that each industry partner will benefit from a successful and valuable meeting experience. Explore the vast and varied sponsorship opportunities available to industry partners.

Are you interested in supporting this initiative?

Please do not hesitate to contact Irene Garcia, our Head of Events & Congress.
Her direct email address is irene.garcia@esot.org

How to register

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Submit your Abstracts

Categories for abstract submission include:

  • Donor clinical management
  • Ethics and legislation
  • Organ dedicated: lung, liver, kidney, heart
  • Organ preservation

DEADLINE: 13 May at 23:59 CEST

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