Has Eurotransplant Fulfilled Its Promise?
Everyone fortunate enough to have been involved in scientific research knows the excitement of obtaining a new finding or conducting an experiment that opens new vistas for further developments and possible applications. Enjoyment of life is at its peak when such excitement can be shared, preferably by a small group of scientists interested in the same topics. Nowadays there are many meetings for the exchange of research findings, but in the late 1960s when Walter Brendel began the tradition of the Round Table Symposia on Applied Immunology, this was certainly not the case. It was at these meetings that we presented our data on skin transplants and HLA matching data , the discovery of the DR serology [2, 3] and the impact of this on renal transplantation , CML nonresponsiveness developing posttransplantation , Ir genes in transplantation , and numerous other such findings. Much of what we presented dealt with the application of “basic” immunogenetics to “applied” clinical renal transplantation, most of this in the context of the Eurotransplant foundation which was initiated enthusiastically at the same time as the Round Table Symposia began .
KeywordsGraft Survival Renal Allograft Transplant Proc Renal Allograft Survival Apply Immunology
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