Young Investigators

One of the roles of the Young Investigator Committee is to make sure this Joint Congress becomes a memorable and fruitful experience for every trainee in attendance. Various educational and networking events await YOU!

IPITA Pre-Congress Symposium

Successfully Navigating Difficult Medical and Surgical Scenarios in Pancreas Transplantation

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 09:00-12:00
  • A reservation fee of $20 applies.

Young Investigators Orientation Session

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 15:45-16:15
  • Meeting Point: to be assigned
The Young Investigators Committee will help you find your way around the congress in terms of logistics and programming. Attending this short gathering will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything highly relevant to trainees and gives you a chance to meet other trainees. Expect an icebreaker game.

Young Investigator Session on Cutting-Edge Technologies

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 | 16:15-17:15
  • Meeting Room: to be assigned
  • This session will focus on developing trends in AI in the field. More details will be posted soon.

  1. Multimodal deep phenotyping of genetically modified pig kidney xenografts transplanted to human recipients (Alexandre Loupy)
  2. AI in cell and organ function: Pancreatic islet (Anna Louise Gloyn)
  3. AI in drug discovery-computer-assisted vaccine development (Torben Schiffner)

Congress Networking Dinner

  • Friday, October 27 | 19:00-22:00
  • Venue: Skybox at Diamondview, 350 10th Avenue, San Diego
  • Ticket cost: $50 for the first 50 Young Investigators (trainees up to Post-Doc level); additional tickets are available at $100
  • Limited to 200 participants due to venue size. All tickets must be purchased pre-congress.
Come to eat, wine and marvel with us at the beautiful Skybox – and bring all your friends! This exclusive Joint Congress extravaganza networking event will showcase spectacular views of the San Diego Skyline, San Diego Bay and Coronado, as well as direct views into Petco Park.

Career Development Session

  • Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 16:00-17:30
  • Meeting Room: to be assigned

The career development session will feature round table discussions with experts on specific topics. Each young investigator will have the opportunity to select three topics/experts as the session will feature 3 rounds of 30 minutes.


  • Editor Round Table: Transplantation (Melena Bellin)
  • Organogenisis Journal (Robert Gramignoli)
  • Editor-in-Chief Round Table: Xenotransplantation (Leo Buhler)
  • Grant Funding, JDRF (Jaime A. Giraldo)
  • Basic Scientist Career Track (Lorenzo Piemonti, Klearchos Papas)
  • Pursuing a Surgical Career (Ty Dunn)
  • Developing an inclusion mindset and equity (Ekaterina Berishvili, Hanne Scholz)
  • Work Life/Balance (Silke Niederhaus)
  • Academia vs industry (Matt Tector)
  • "Extracurricular” Activities (Peter Stock)

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The mission of WIT is to advance and inspire women transplant professionals and to champion issues of sex and gender in transplantation. They aim for worldwide gender equity and inclusiveness in transplantation.

Roslyn B. Mannon, Past Chair of WIT will be attending the session in the gender equity and/or work/life balance roundtable. She will also be available after the session during the young investigator reception to answer your questions and provide further details on the WIT initiative.

Young Investigator Social Gathering

  • Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 17:30-18:30
  • Location: Indigo Terrace

Join the Young Investigator Committees of all three societies while enjoying some fresh air, beautiful views of the San Diego Bay and some mouthwatering tacos.

Congress Fun Run & Walk

  • Sunday, October 29, 2023
  • departing from hotel lobby at 7am
  • complimentary

Our Young Investigator Committee looks forward to leading a run or walk in scenic San Diego! Sign up regardless of your fitness level, take part and enjoy a jog (or stroll).

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IPITA-IXA-CTRMS Joint Congress • San Diego, CA, USA • October 26-29, 2023

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