International stage for Trust physicians

01 September 2012

QEHB renal physicians played a key role in a major international conference in Berlin, returning with two awards for research into complex issues around kidney transplantation.

Young renal researchers

Left to right: Dr Adnan Sharif, Dr Seema Jham, Dr Shazia Sharir, Dr Andrew Bentall

The 24th International Congress of the Transplantation Society was held in the German capital in July, and featured presentations from world leaders in the field of organ transplantation.

Dr Andrew Bentall won a Presidents’ Choice Award for his presentation on the long-term outcomes for kidney transplant recipients who have antibodies which attack their new organ, known as HLA incompatible.

This paper and a second, similar work were both written while he was working at the renowned Mayo Clinic in the United States.

Also picking up an award was consultant nephrologist Dr Adnan Sharif, whose paper covered a similar area of research but was done while working for a period at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

He received the €3,000 Young Investigator Award for his presentation on predicting outcomes after incompatible kidney transplantation based upon biopsy findings, one of eight papers he contributed to at this conference (presenting four himself).

He was one of ten researchers to pick up the Young Investigator Award.

The two men were recognised alongside fellow award winners from all over the world, including Germany, the United States, Finland, Australia, China, Japan and India.

“It was an honour to receive this award at the International Transplant Congress. The clinical work had been carried out by colleagues over the past ten years, and so credit must go to those clinicians. I was grateful to receive a grant from the University of Birmingham to be able to carry out this research,” said Dr Bentall.

Dr Sharif was also delighted to be recognised: “I was very lucky to get the opportunity to work at Johns Hopkins and was able to learn a lot and do some really interesting research with some wonderful colleagues.

“Having access to the facilities, knowledge and data at Johns Hopkins and the QEHB has been a huge help. I also work with some great people who have made this possible.”

Several other clinicians from QEHB were presenting data on a wide range of transplant related topics including: diabetes; infectious complications; genetic markers of outcomes; immune responses to kidney transplants and the effect of anti-rejection drugs.

These were presented by Dr Shazia Shabir (three talks) and Dr Seema Jham (one talk).

Consultant nephrologists Dr Richard Borrows and Dr Simon Ball were contributing authors to these presentations.