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June 2021: The ESOT Hackathon 2021: Empowering transplant patients

ESOT is delighted to launch the first edition of the ESOT Hackathon to identify and develop tools to serve the transplant patient community.

Whether it is an idea, a scenario, a prototype, an app, an interface, a proof of concept or a turnkey solution, we are looking for innovative approaches to improve the well-being and quality of life for people with transplant.

We are launching a competition, open to any individual or team that wishes to work together to design, develop and build digital solutions help people with transplants in Europe and beyond. We want to bring together a diverse group of people to collaborate and helping our patient community.

If you are a: computer programmer, software developer, graphic designer, writer, interface designer, patient, doctor, nurse, caregiver, you work in a university, start-up, not-for-profit organisation, or patient association, we invite you to participate in our challenge.

We will specifically need the expertise of people with transplants to ensure that the technical solutions are addressing the real challenges of patients.

We hope that we sparked your curiosity and that you will attend our first information event on 22 June at 17:00 CEST, to hear more about this innovative project!

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If you are already excited by this event and convinced that you want to take part, you can register to our first round kick-off event that will take place on 2 July 2021 here.

We hope to see or hear from you soon!

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Publications and articles

The COVID-19 Vaccine Studies

Transplant patients are exceptionally vulnerable to all infections, especially COVID-19, due to immunosuppression and other co-morbidities. There is a clear need for these patients to receive the best available protection against COVID-19 and we strongly believe that they should be considered as a priority group for vaccination across Europe.

Furthermore, our patients and the broader transplant community deserve be kept informed about published peer reviewed literature related to COVID-19 vaccinations, especially for immunosuppressed and immunocompromised patients and the opportunity to appraise and discuss it.

We sincerely hope that this new ESOT initiative will be helpful for our healthcare professionals and patients.

Vassilios Papalois – ESOT President

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Dealing with uncertainty after transplantation in times of COVID‐19 - Transplant International

In July 2020, Transplant International (TI) published a letter to the editors by Anna Forsberg (ETAHP) and Emma Massey (ELPAT) on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on transplant patients.

In this paper, following the webinar “Coping with uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic”, organised by ESOT and held on April 27, 2020, the two authors address the meaning of uncertainty for transplant recipients in the context of the pandemic, potential implications and consequences, as well as coping strategies.

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Expanding HIV-positive organ donation - The Lancet

Authored by Jacqui Thornton, read The Lancet article on
“Expanding HIV-positive organ donation”

To access the full article  on “The Lancet” website you might need an account

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Patients could be saved by organs from donors with HIV - The Sunday Times

Authored by Jacqui Thornton, read The Sunday Times article on how patients in the UK could be saved by organs from donors with HIV.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which is responsible for UK transplants, is considering a new programme in which infected organs from dead donors could be donated to save the lives of people who do not have HIV.

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Building a bridge between patients and transplant healthcare professionals – a descriptive study

This article describes a pathway for collaboration between transplant
healthcare professionals and organ recipients and is part of the TLJ 2.0 Learning workstream.

The paper has been published by Transplant International (TI) in August 2021 and it describes how ESOT has created a platform for mutual understanding, learning and a collaborative partnership.

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