This webinar series explores a variety of topics related to organ and tissue donation, as well as transplantation.
The Commonwealth Tribute to Life webinar series stems from one of the main pillars of the project: the sharing of knowledge and expertise.
The webinars are led by experts from all corners of the Commonwealth and provide a platform for learning and the development of organ donation and transplantation programmes.
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Professor Sam Shemie (Medical Advisor, Canadian Blood Services and internationally recognised expert on the determination of death) and Dr David Thomson (lead author of the 2021 South African guidelines on the determination of death) lend their expertise, and discuss the topic in a panel discussion.
Donor coordinator role of donation Nurses
Donor coordinators Jill Featherstone (UK), Pallavi Kumar (India) and Yoni Hope-Hodgetts (Australia) present updates on their work in making donation happen across the commonwealth. Join us after their updates for a panel discussion, chaired by Alison Hodack (Australia) and Olive McGowan (UK).
Donation Physicians and Clinical Leads
Watch presentations from Dr Andrew Healy (Canada), Dr Helen Opdam (Australia), Dr Dale Gardiner (UK) and Dr Waqas Akhtar (UK), followed by a discussion chaired by Dr David Thomson (South Africa). They explore the responsibility of these specific organ donation clinical roles and their importance within their organ donation systems.
Starting a sustainable transplantation program
Hear from speakers Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris (CEO and Founder of Transplant Links Community) and Dr Margaret O'Shea (Consultant General and Renal transplant surgeon and Lecturer in Surgery) to learn how Barbados built its living kidney donation program from scratch.
Preventing unethical transplantation
In this webinar we delve into the complex topic of preventing unethical transplantation across the Commonwealth. Dominique Martin (Australia) and Sanjay Nagral (India) present their perspectives, followed by Sunil Shroff (India) and David Shaw (UK) chairing a panel discussion on the topic.
Corneal donation and transplantation
Hear speakers Dr Gullapalli Nageswara Rao (ophthalmologist, chairman of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis and founder of the L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, India) and Mr Kyle Bennett (Assistant Director, Tissue and Eye Services at NHSBT, UK) share their expertise in the field of corneal donation and transplantation.
Honouring deceased donors
Dale Gardiner (UK) and Hassina Mohammed (Trinidad) chair a celebration of the incredible gift of deceased organ donation, with insights from Rachel Stoddard-Murden (UK), Hospital Art Studio (UK), Tina Coco (Australia), Lalitha Raghuram (India), Jenny Ryan (Canada) and Anja Meyer (South Africa).
Two Nation Focus: The national organ donation and transplantation system in Singapore and Sri Lanka
This special focus edition of the Commonwealth Tribute to Life webinar series invites Sally Kong (National Organ Transplant Unit, Singapore) and Ashani Rathnakeerthi (York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals, UK) to discuss the specifics of the transplantation journey in Singapore and Sri Lanka respectively. Following this, Tan Chee Kiat, Dale Gardiner and Vajira Dissanayake will join for a panel discussion taking questions from the audience.