President’s Report 2007 – 2008

Dr. Ka-foon Chau

Annual Scientific Meeting 2007
The Hong Kong Society of Transplantation organised the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting on 1 April 2007 at the Island Shangri-La Hotel. Two eminent overseas speakers were invited including Professor Donald E. Hricik, Medical Director of Transplantation Services, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Dr. M Roy First, Board of Directors for the Israel Penn Transplant Tumor Registry, University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, USA. Six local experts in transplantation presented the local experiences. The themes included Expanded criteria deceased donors, Post-transplant malignancies, Management of sensitized patients, Non-nephrotoxic immunosuppressive regimes, Local experience in heart, kidney and liver transplants and Needs of the donor families. The meeting was a successful one and was attended by 132 attendants including 10 doctors from China.

Scientific Seminars

Two scientific meetings were held in 2007-08.

16th World Transplant Games, Bangkok

In order to promote organ donation and encourage transplant patients to exercise, Dr. KF Chau led the Hong Kong team to participate in the 16th World Transplant Games held at Bangkok in August 2007. The team consisted of 28 members, including 21 transplant patients, 4 medical staff and 3 volunteers. Eleven patients had received renal, 7 liver, 1 heart, 1 lung and 1 bone marrow transplant. They participated in 57 events including track and field, swimming, golf, archery, bowling, badminton, table tennis and petanque. The result was glorious with 6 gold, 2 silver and 9 bronze medals.

In the press conference before departure, we had Ms Yu Chui Yee as our guest. After coming back, Mr. Shane Solomon acknowledged the team members. We were successful in attracting intensive media attention and the event was widely reported thro’ TV, radio and newspapers. In addition, Dr. KF Chau was elected as the council member of the World Transplant Games Federation, representing Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Transplant Sports Association organized by seeding members of the Hong Kong WTG team patients was also officially established in March 2008.

Thanks for the hard work of the transplant co-ordinators Ms. Angela Wong and Ms Yuen-fan Tong and the physiotherapist Ms. Cora Cheung rendering the event a great success.

Organ Donation Promotion:

Apart from the publicity related to the World Transplant Games, we were active in promoting organ donation thro’ various media:

Activities for the donor families:

The Society organized 2 picnics for the donor families:

The Transplantation Society Meetings

Dr. KL Tong represented HKST to attend the TTS meeting in Dubai. A draft on prohibition of organ trafficking and organ trade was agreed for further discussion.

Continuous Nursing Education:

With the great effort by Ms. Angela Wong, the HKST was accredited as the CNE provider by the Nursing Council.

Federation of Medical Societies Course:

Co-organized with the Federation of the Medical Societies, HKST has organized a transplant course for the public in 2007. Drs. Cindy Choy, SC Chan, Elaine Chau, CF Wong, WY Au, CK Li, Arthur Cheng and Ms. Angela Wong gave the talk.

HKST Newsletter

Two issues of the Society Newsletter were published this year. The newsletters were distributed to all members, transplant units and staff, patient support groups and transplant related organizations. Thanks for the hard effort of Dr. Cindy Choy and MK Yiu to take up the job.

HKST web site (www.hkst.org)

The work on the web site is still in progress. Thanks for the hard work of Dr. KF Chau and Ms Angela Wong for maintaining the web.

Finally, I wish to express my deep appreciation to Dr. KL Tong and all the past presidents, council members and office bearers especially Drs. Cindy Choy and CK Li for their advice and unfailing support to the Hong Kong Society of Transplantation.

Dr. KF Chau

Topic

Venue

Speakers

Participants

12.12.07

Conversion from CNI to mTOR in renal transplant patients: the Australian experience

Intercontinental Hong Kong

Prof. Bruce A. Pussell (Australia)

50

16.1.08

Management of late dysfunction in kidney transplants

QEH

Prof. Philip F. Halloran (Canada)

50

Program

Organization

Speakers

Show day

8.07

精靈一點

RTHK 1

Drs. KF Chau, Beatrice Cheng, WY Au, CK Li and Ms Angela Wong

3, 10 and 17 August 2007

8.07

坦白講

一周刊

HK team patient

30 August 2007

9.07

捐贈生命

明報周刊

HK team patients

9 Sept 2007

9.07

Jump into a new life

SCMP, Youthpost

HK team patient

11 Sept 2007

9.07

健康醫事通

香港經濟日報

Dr. KF Chau, HK team patients

19 Sept 2007

10.07

精靈一點

RTHK 1

Dr. KF Chau and HK team patients

4 Oct 2007

9.07

周日體育狂熱

Cable TV, Station 8

HK team patients

13 Oct 2007

12.07

Backchat

RTHK 3

Drs. KF Chau, KL Tong

11 Dec 2007

12.07

Patients fly out to buy organs

The Age (Australia)

Dr. KF Chau

26 Dec 2007

12.07

Documentary on new law on organ donation in China

BBC

Dr. KF Chau

? April 2008

12.07

健康大道

RTHK (TV)

Dr. KF Chau

? May 2008

12.07

有誰共鳴

Commercial Radio

Dr. KF Chau, Ms Monica Wong and HK team patients

2 and 3 Jan 2008

2.08

是他也是你和我

RTHK 1

HK team patients

14 Feb 2008

3.08

Press conference on survey on organ donation

Dr. Kwok Ka Ki

Drs KF Chau, KL Tong

9 March 2008

Venue

Attendants

volunteers

Council members

8 July 2007

嘉道理農場 , 保良局北潭涌渡假村

(Co-organized with QEH Renal Support Group)

14 donor families (40 persons)

20 medical staff + transplant patients

Drs. KF Chau, Cindy Choy, Ms Angela Wong

2 March 2008

雲泉仙館 , 宣道園

26 donor families (99 persons)

20 medical staff + transplant patients

Drs. KF Chau, Cindy Choy, Beatrice Cheng, Ms Angela Wong