Paediatric Transplantation

European Reference Network on paediatric transplantation (ERN TransplantChild) aims to tackle complex or rare medical diseases or conditions that require highly specialised treatment and a concentration of knowledge and resources.

Pediatric transplantation (PT), such as solid organ transplantation (SOT) or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), is a rare and highly complex procedure that requires a standardized approach to ensure equal access and safe patient care. The unique characteristics of physical therapy, including low case load, early age and low weight, immaturity and plasticity of the immune system, transition from childhood to adulthood, and long life expectancy, require the transfer of specific knowledge, techniques, and innovative medicine to pediatric patients.





The main aim of this course is the training of medical professionals in the area of paediatric transplantation (PT) with a transversal approach that allows a multidisciplinary view of the most relevant issues in the transplant phases and practical knowledge of best clinical practices.  The latest information on donor graft optimization and engineering, new patient graft tolerance tools, and psychosocial care for families, patients, and healthcare team will allow participants an up-to-date review of pediatric transplantation.





Health professionals involved in organ donation and transplantation, particularly those working in referral units, such as: paediatric gastroenterologists, neonatologists, intensive care physicians, surgeons, emergency physicians, paediatric hematologists and oncologists, paediatric nurses, medical assistants, paediatric dieticians and nutritionists, home care providers, paediatric case managers, social workers, and all other physicians who are interested in the diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders in infants and children.






  • Evaluate in a transversal way the pediatric transplant in all its phases, pre-transplant, transplant and post-transplant.
  • Identify the most relevant issues to favour graft optimization, tolerance, and psychosocial issues 
  • Apply the knowledge acquired through clinical cases of transplant patients
  • Recognize possible gaps in the care of the transplanted patient, and favour tools in medical care that allow better clinical practices.




Continuing Education in Medicine of 6 learning hours has been requested to this course (UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation) A certificate of attendance will be handed to the participants who attended the entire course.




The course is free of charge for Students/Trainees/Allied Health Professionals from EU and non-EU countries, and Members of National/European and or International Transplantation Association/Society.  Student/Trainee Professionals. We especially encourage participants from TransplantChild Centers. 

Coffee, refreshments, and lunches will be offered during the course. Participants must arrange their own travel, accommodation, and other expenses to attend the workshop. ERN TransplantChild will not cover expenses incurred by the participants.

Please register HERE!




The course has been divided into 4 sessions, three sessions focused on the phases of transplantation: pre-transplant, transplant and post-transplant, and the fourth in psychosocial care of the patient. Each session has 3 short Lectures of 15-20 minutes, and 30 minutes as a common time at the end of each session for presentation of clinical cases, discussion and/or questions.   





Session I. Donor/organ graft selection. Surgical Procedures.

 Chair:  Dr Piotr Kalicinski -  Children's Memorial Health Institute - Poland



Lecture 1. Organ allocation and utilization in pediatric transplantation

Dr Christophe Chardot, Necker Enfants Malades - France


Lecture 2. Pediatric living-donor transplantation.

Dr Lars Wennberg, Karolinska University Hospital - Sweden


Lecture 3. Graft engineering and organ split

Dr Marco Spada, Bambino Gesú Hospital - Italy

10:00-10:30: Coffee break.
10:30-11:00: Clinical Cases.  Discussion / Q&A session




Session II. Protocols for Immunosuppression and New tools for Tolerance Induction.

 Chair:  Dr Jelena Rascon. Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos. Lithuania



Lecture 1. Immune reconstitution after transplantation and changes during Immunosuppression treatment.

Dr Caroline Lindemans, Wilhelmina Children's Hospital - Netherlands


Lecture 2. Rejection – early detection and treatment.

Dr Mª Sole Basso, Bambino Gesú Hospital - Italy


Lecture 3. Others strategies for immunosuppression treatment:  non-pharmacological treatments.

Dr Antonio Pérez Martínez, La Paz University Hospital - Spain

12:00-12:30: Clinical Cases.  Discussion / Q&A session





Session III. Commons issues after paediatric transplantation.

 Chair:   Dr Dominique Debray - Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital - France



Lecture 1. Relevant infections after transplantation.

Dr Emanuel Nicastro, Azienda Ospedaliera Papa Giovanni - Italy


Lecture 2. Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease - PTLD.

Dr Alastair Baker, King's College Hospital NHS - UK


Lecture 3. Cardiovascular risk assessment.

Dr Luis García Guereta, La Paz University Hospital - Spain

13:30-14:30: Lunch.
14:30-15:00 Clinical Cases.  Discussion / Q&A session





Session IV. Psychosocial care.

 Chair: Dr Francisco Hernández Oliveros. La Paz University Hospital. Spain.



Lecture 1. Patient empowerment.

Dr Carla Marques, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra - Portugal

15:20-15:50 Coffee break.

Lecture 2. Communication skills during the transplantation process.

Dr Belén Estébanez, La Paz University Hospital - Spain


Lecture 3. Transition to adulthood.

Dr Arancha Ortiz, La Paz university Hospital

16:30-17:00: Conclusion and remarks.




First confirmed speakers



Dr Piotr Kalicinski

Paediatric surgeon

 Children's Memorial Health Institute


 Dr Christophe Chardot

Paediatric surgeon

 Necker Enfants Malades


 Dr Lars Wennberg

Paediatric surgeon

 Karolinska University Hospital


Dr Alastair Baker

Paediatric Hepatologist

 King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Jelena Rascon

Paediatric Haemato-oncologist

Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos


Dr Caroline Lindemans

Paediatric Haemato-oncologist

 Wilhemina Children's Hospital


 Dr Maria Sole Basso

Paediatric Hepatologist

 Ospedale Pediátrico Bambino Gesù


Dr Antonio Pérez Martínez

Paediatric Haemato-oncologist

Hospital Universitario La Paz


Dr Emmanuele Nicastro 

Paediatric Hepatologist 

Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII




Dr Marco Spada

Paediatric Surgeon  

Ospedale Pediátrico Bambino Gesú


Dr Francisco Hernandez

Paediatric Surgeon

Hospital Universitario de La Paz


Dr Belén Estébanez

Transplant coordinator

Hospital Universitario de La Paz


Dr Luis Guereta

Paediatric Cardiologist  

Hospital Universitatio La Paz


Dr Carla Marques

Paediatric Psichologist

Centro Hospitalar do Coimbra


Dr Arancha Ortiz

Paediatric Psychiatrist

Hospital Universitario de La Paz








                   08:45 AM

          Hospital Universitario La Paz

                      Aula Jaso- Hospital Infantil

                     Madrid, Spain.

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