Join us for the region's largest gathering for the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of
Transplantation at Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu City, Philippines on November 27-30, 2017. Engage and network with transplant physicians, surgeons and other health professionals.
Listen to speakers from all over the world as they share their expertise on the latest
global scientific evidence and vast experience in organ transplantation in Asia.
Pre-convention workshops are available on November 27 for more intensive training on the following topics: transplant immunology, pathology, and deceased organ donation. Learn from the world experts as they discuss the management of real-life cases encountered in the clinics.
On behalf of the CAST Organizing Committee, I welcome you to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation which will be held in the historic and scenic island of Cebu on November 27 to 30, 2017. This meeting will coincide with the Annual Meeting of the Transplantation Society of the Philippines and the Philippine Society for Transplant Surgeons.
I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the speakers who have agreed to share their expertise and experience and the participants and sponsors from all over the world who have already pledged their commitment to the meeting. I am confident that the exchange of knowledge, experiences and insights will be fruitful and very practical. With the state of the art lectures, panel discussions and debates, podium and poster presentations, we hope to bring the latest and most useful information and innovation in the practice of transplantation.
After the congress, I would also like to invite you to sit back, relax and soak up the sun, sand and sea in this most luxurious of southeast Asian beach destinations, Cebu. Full of interesting history, colorful culture and exciting entertainment, I am sure that you will find your visit to our islands as one of the most memorable in your lives.
I am confident that you will have a wonderful
and productive stay with us. So please,
mark your calendars and I hope to see you
in Cebu, 2017.
The Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST) is the region's largest and longest running gathering of transplant physicians, surgeons and other health professionals involved in transplantation held every two years in participating countries in Asia.
The 1st Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation was held at Bali Island, Indonesia in 1989. The scientific and medical level of organ transplantation in Asian countries has improved in 25 years
In behalf of the Transplant Society of the Philippines, it is with great honor
and pleasure to invite you to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of
Transplantation to be held on November 27-30, 2017 at Radisson Blu
Hotel, Cebu City, Philippines. Cebu takes pride as one of the amazing islands
in the Visayas, with a unique history and culture enriched by the Moslem influence
and the Spanish conquistadores for centuries.
Two decades ago, the 5th CAST was held in Manila in 1997. Henceforth, the 15th CAST shall showcase the transplant evolution in Asia . The Asian Society of Transplantation, now under the Presidency of Professor Anantharaman Vathsala remains at the forefront for the advancement of transplant science. This meeting offers state of the art symposia that encompass the basic sciences, development of ethical principles, advocacy on organ donation, clinical outcomes, immunosuppression issues, innovations and inventions. The scientific committee has produced a clinical-academic programme that shall inspire our young Asian scientists to push further the frontiers of transplant
We are thankful to our foreign experts for graciously accepting our invitation.
To our local Asian delegates, let us grab this rare opportunity to attend this international convention right here in the Philippines . Some of our foreign experts
shall even travel half the continent just to share with us their invaluable experience.
When you come to the 15th CAST, most especially when you are with your family, include in your itinerary , before or even after the momentous event, a trip or two to Boracay, Palawan or Bohol , and discover for yourself what makes the Philippines the Pearl of the Orient.
The Transplantation Society of the Philippines, Inc. is a private, non-stock and non-profit corporation, organized, established and operate in the interest of advancing the science of transplantation.
The purposes for which the society is formed are as follows:
� To advance the knowledge of organ transplantation and organ donation and other related fields;
� To promote better understanding of the scientific principles in organ transplantation among surgeons, physicians and other scientists.
� To promote and encourage scientific investigations in the field of organ transplantation and organ donation and other related fields;
� To disseminate the knowledge of organ transplantation through national and international meetings local seminars and by other means approved by the members;
� To encourage membership to Regional and International Transplant Organizations;
� To establish and coordinate the activities for research, care and treatment of transplant patients and organ donors with various hospitals and foundations; and
� To initiate and support programs in organ sharing among our Asian countries.
Join us for the region's largest gathering for the 15th congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation at Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu City, Philippines on November 27-30, 2017.
Engage and network with transplant physicians, surgeons and other health professionals. Listen to speakers from all over the world as they share their expertise on the latest global scientific evidence and vast experience in organ transplantation in Asia.
Be one of the first to register for CAST 2017. Enjoy the limited-time early bird registration rates starting January 1 to July 15, 2017.
Don't wait 'til this special offer ends.
Make sure to book your accommodation with us to the official congress venue, Radisson Blu Hotel. Registered CAST 2017 delegates will receive special rates, additional amenities and discount vouchers for dining and shopping.
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My warmest greetings to the Transplantation Society of the Philippines (TSP) as it hosts the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation.
Constant improvement of oneʼs capacities is the key to our individual and collective success. Thus, I commend TSP for providing a platform where members can be abreast with the emerging trends and innovations in the field. This convention is the perfect opportunity to touch base on the ethical and legal aspects of transplantation. This ensures that our physicians and surgeons will have the necessary know-how to keep up with global standards.
I likewise laud the organization for its dedication to the enhancement of the clinical practice and to the continuous learning and guidance of its members. I hope that you will maintain this commitment even as you pursue the advancement of tissue and organ donation and transplantation in the country.
May the inputs resulting from this conference translate into solutions that will benefit more people. Together, let us work towards becoming a healthy and prosperous nation. I wish you a successful event and all the best in your future endeavours.
Message for CAST 2017
It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation in Cebu, The Philippines. Organ transplantation is the best treatment for many types of organ failure but today less than 10% of the transplant needs are met by transplantation. Asia faces a dual challenge: on the one hand, organ failure rates are higher in Asia than the rest of the world, especially in relation to kidney failure due to diabetes and liver failure due to Hepatitis B. On the other hand, organ transplant rates in Asia are among the lowest in the world. According to the Global Observatory on Organ Donation and Transplantation, rates of kidney transplantation (the most common organ transplant performed worldwide) in 2015 were 5.1 and 6.9 per million population (pmp) among the South East Asian Region and Western Pacific Region (comprising the Asian countries), in contrast to the 32.9 and 28.9 pmp rates for American and European regions respectively. Hence as a transplant community, we have a long journey to increase access to transplantation to those patients in need while ensuring no harm to those who wish to donate them.
The Congresses of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST) are designed to bring to the Asian transplant community an update on the state of the art of the principles and practice of organ donation and transplantation and to provide a forum for sharing best practices and innovations. The Organizing Committee of this 15th CAST has worked hard to put together a rich scientific programme that meets these goals in an exciting yet hospitable and gracious tradition of the Philippines.
Mabuhay and Enjoy!
Professor A Vathsala, Singapore
President, Asian Society of Transplantation
MABUHAY - is the ubiquitous Tagalog greeting meaning "long life", "good health", "best wishes" and "welcome". With our heartfelt "Mabuhay", we welcome everyone to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation on November 27-30, 2017 set in majestic Cebu, Philippines.
CAST is the definitive biennial transplant congress for Asia. Coming from a very successful CAST 2015 held in Singapore which was attended by more than a thousand participants stretching from Asia to Africa, CAST 2017 will uphold the exceptional quality and comprehensive coverage of transplant topics, issues and controversies that have been the hallmark of our past congresses. Banking on the exceptional line up of speakers both from our beloved Asian counterparts as well as contributions from experts in the US and in Europe, we will tackle the most burning issues and questions on organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We will also highlight its ethical and legal aspects with special emphasis on how transplantation and donation is practiced in Asia.
For CAST 2017, we will also allocate a significant number of sessions for Asian research and innovations in transplantation. These will be moderated and chaired by world-renowned transplant experts. With this, we hope to attract all transplant professionals - physicians and surgeons, as well as pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, nutrition and rehabilitation specialists, clinical and donation coordinators and equally important, all basic science and clinical transplant researchers.
Cebu is a historic city in the Central Visayan region. Mactan Island is where Ferdinand Magellan first landed in 1521 from his historic world-encircling journey from Spain and was immediately enthralled by its natural beauty.
The city is now a combination of modern five-star amenities set amidst kilometers long white sand beaches, coral laden reefs and wading waters for the gentle "butanding" or whale shark. The city itself is complete with all the attractions of a busy and bustling metropolis. The Cebu nightlife is not to be missed and will certainly be a welcome respite from our day-long meetings and educational activities. Add to these, the exquisite local Visayan cuisine topped by our world-renowned Filipino hospitality.
We look forward to welcoming you to Cebu - our beach destination capital! We promise a memorable congress of learning, networking, forging of new friendships and renewal of old ones as well as an opportunity for rest and recreation to re-energize and re-boot before heading back to your daily grind.