9 – 10 November

Santander (Spain)

High Level Meeting "TOWARDS GLOBAL CONVERGENCE IN TRANSPLANTATION: SUFFICIENCY, TRANSPARENCY AND OVERSIGHT", Organización Nacional de Trasplantes on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.

The Spanish Presidency aims at building an EU for health, through new priorities targeted at improving the protection of the vulnerable, promoting initiatives of preparedness and response to health-care threats (as witnessed in the COVID-19 pandemic) and aligning the health-care agenda with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and One-Health. In this context, the goal of this international summit is to critically review the current situation of donation and transplantation, identify key challenges and devise the future of transplantation in the global arena.



November 8th 2023

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

30th CD-P-TO Meeting

Hotel Santemar

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Palace of La Magdalena

November 9th 2023

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM


Hotel Santemar Hall

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM


Meeting room, Hotel Santemar

9:15 AM - 9:35 AM

Overview of donation and transplantation in the world: aims of the meeting, methodology and expected outcomes

Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Spain

9:35 AM - 9:45 AM

Patient driven transformations in transplantation

Daniel Gallego, European Kidney Patients' Federation and European Kidney Health Alliance.

9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

ROUND TABLE 1: Why transplantation should be a priority in the health-care agenda and how can transplantation contribute to attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Chairs: Elmi Muller, Luciano Potena

· Case study 1: Making transplantation a health-care priority (15 min)
Joel de Andrade, Brazil

· The impact of transplantation upon health (non-communicable diseases & universal access to health) (20 min)
Efstratios Chatzixiros, OMS
Luciano Potena, Italy

· The impact of transplantation upon other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (environment and social justice) (20 min)
Vivekanand Jha, India
Marina Berenguer, Spain

· Transplantation as part of more resilient health-care systems (20 min)
Derek Manas, UK

· When and how to start a transplantation program in a low resource environment (20 min)
Elmi Muller, South Africa
Curie Ahn, South Korea


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Top floor Terrace, Hotel Santemar

1:00 PM - 3:15 PM

ROUND TABLE 2: Donation and transplantation: challenges and way forward

Chairs: Matthew Cooper, Francis L. Delmonico, Dale Gardiner, Sanjay Nagral

· Case study 2: Transforming deceased donation through donation after the circulatory determination of death (15 min)
Eduardo Miñambres, Spain

· Promoting the unified concept of death (20 min)
Francesco Procaccio, Italy

· Reducing disparities in deceased donation and increasing organ utilization (20 min)
Helen Opdam, Australia

· Reducing disparities in living donation (20 min)
Krista Lentine & Amy Waterman, United States

· Reinforcing oversight: activity monitoring and registries of post-donation and post-transplant outcomes (20 min)
Michel Spiro, UK


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM


3:45 PM - 6:15 PM

ROUND TABLE 3: Innovation in the donation and clinical application of substances of human origin (SoHO): cells & tissues

Chairs: Nancy Ascher, Natividad Cuende, Stefan Tullius

· Case Study 3: Cell therapy to induce tolerance (15 min)
Rafael Correa, Spain

· When SoHO become medicines and medical devices: regulatory borderlines and implications (20 min)
Ander Izeta, Spain

· Addressing clinical efficacy and safety before innovation reaches the bedside (20 min)
Verena Plattner, Austria

· Making innovation sustainable for health-care systems (20 min)
Martin Borgel, Germany

· Public-private partnerships to make innovation accessible to patients (20 min)
Rachele Ciccocioppo, Italy


7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Maritime Museum

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM


Gran Casino Sardinero

November 10th 2023

8:30 AM - 9:10 AM

ROUND TABLE 3: Innovation in the donation and clinical application of substances of human origin (SoHO): organs

Chairs: Nancy Ascher, Natividad Cuende, Stefan Tullius

· Addressing innovation in organ donation and transplantation (20 min
Gabriel Oniscu, Sweden


9:10 AM - 11:40 AM

ROUND TABLE 4: Ethical challenges and the way forward to implement the WHO Guiding Principles

Chairs: Marta López-Fraga, Dominique Martin, John Forsythe

· Case Study 4: Crisis and transplantation (15 min)
Dominique Martin, Australia

· Promoting equity in access to SoHO-based therapies (20 min)
Esteve Trias, Spain

· Promoting fairness in access to transplantion when people cross borders (20 min)
Thomas Mueller, Switzerland

· Making financial neutrality in donation a reality (20 min)
Benita Padilla, Philippines

·Preventing trafficking in organs and other SoHO (20 min)
Riadh Fadhil, Qatar


11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

FINAL SESSION: Looking to the future

Chairs: Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Efstratios Chatzixiros 

· The Santander Statement
Kristof Van Assche, Belgium
Alicia Pérez Blanco, Spain

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

ROUND TABLE: A vision of transplantation 10 years ahead

· Gabriel Oniscu
President, European Society for Organ Transplantation

· Elmi Muller
President, The Transplantation Society

· Stefaan Van der Spiegel
Head of Sector, Substances of Human Origin (SoHO),European Commission

· Nicolás González Casares
Member, European Parliament

· Petra Doerr
EDQM Director, Counsil of Europe

· Yukiko Nakatami
Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization

1:30 PM - 1:40 PM


· Carla Vizzotti
Health Minister, Argentina

· Vili Beroš
Health Minister, Croatia

· José Miñones
Health Minister, Spain

1:40 PM - 3:00 PM


Top floor Terrace, Hotel Santemar

We would like to thank all those who have made this

World Transplant Summit possible.



The Santander Transplant Summit 2023 takes place in the city of Santander, capital of the region of Cantabria, located in the north of Spain.

It is a city that combines an urban environment with the essentials of Cantabria: beaches, nature, gastronomy and culture. Santander is known as one of the most elegant and beautiful cities on the northern coast of Spain.

In addition to the comfort that its size offers to those who visit it, it is well communicated, both by air (Severiano Ballesteros Airport is 5km and Bilbao Airport 108km from the city), as well as by sea (Britanny Ferries connects Santander with Plymouth, Portsmouth and Cork).

The Hotel Santemar hosts the Global Summit and has been reserved by the organisers for all participants who wish to stay in.


C. Joaquín Costa, 28, 39005 Santander, Cantabria