In July 2016, the Institute of Transplantation (Freeman Hospital, Newcastle) hosted a very successful event for patients and members of the public interested in the work of the BTRU. Members of our clinical and research teams gave brief presentations about their specific areas of research, including studies to improve the quality of organs for transplantation, to increase the number of organs available and which explore how the transplantation process affects family members.
Speakers were also invited from a number of patient groups and charities, including LIVErNORTH, Freeman Heart & Lung Transplant Association, Voice North, Tyneside Kidney Patient Association and Advocacy Centre North. Representatives from these groups shared their personal experiences as transplant patients and also of their involvement in research.
The event was very well attended and it was exciting to see speakers and audience members freely exchanging thoughts and ideas about research and also to see members of the different patient and public groups discussing common issues that might generate further work. We are delighted that some of the participants at the event have volunteered to continue their involvement with the BTRU and to join our Patient and Public Research Panel.