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DTI Foundation: a decade promoting research and training in organ transplantation and donation

The DTI Foundation aims to respond to those needs regarding organ donation and transplantation, tissue and cells worldwide.

The DTI Foundation aims to respond to those needs regarding organ donation and transplantation, tissue and cells worldwide.

The institutional ceremony gathered more than a hundred attendees in PCB.

The institutional ceremony gathered more than a hundred attendees in PCB.

During the ceremony, Manyalich received the honorary mention of “Hippocratic Doctor”.

During the ceremony, Manyalich received the honorary mention of “Hippocratic Doctor”.

The DTI Foundation has trained around 14,000 experts in more than a hundred countries worldwide.

The DTI Foundation has trained around 14,000 experts in more than a hundred countries worldwide.

Donation means the continuation of life for another patient waiting for a compatible organ.

Donation means the continuation of life for another patient waiting for a compatible organ.

14/05/2018

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“Saving people’s lives recovering organs which can function in some hours in their bodies is extraordinary”, stated Martí Manyalich, lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB and president of the DTI Foundation (Donation & Transplantation Institute), within the framework of the tenth anniversary of this institution, located in Barcelona Science Park (PCB).

 

The institutional ceremony, held on May 10 in PCB, gathered more than a hundred attendees to commemorate the creation of the DTI Foundation in 2008, an entity which was launched to respond to those needs regarding organ donation and transplantation, tissue and cells, and to promote the development of regenerative medicine worldwide.


Some of the participants in the commemorative ceremony, which was opened by the lecturer Martí Manyalich, president of DTI Foundation, were Jaume Tort, director of the Catalan Transplant Organization (OCATT), Francesc Cardellach, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB; Beatriz Dominguez, director of the National Transplant Organization (ONT) and Ignasi Belda, director of the Barcelona Science Park.


Lecturer Martí Manyalich, Hippocratic physician


During the ceremony, Manyalich received the honorary mention of “Hippocratic Doctor”, given by the Moviment per al Llegat Hipocràtic from Kos Island (Greece), where Hippocrates of Kos, father of medicine, was born (460-380 BC). This award honors physicians who outstood for two key aspects in medicine, according to Hippocrates: scientific excellence and dedication to humanity.


Manyalich, also advisor on transplantation in Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, highlighted that “thanks to the Spanish transplantation model, we have been leaders worldwide for over 25 years. People in Spain show solidarity: there are 47 donors for each million, while the European average is about 18 donors for million”.


“Moreover, a 90 % accepts the donation, while in the case of others such as Germany or England, only half of them do so. This does not happen for cultural or religious reasons or a lack of knowledge but because of the system. In Spain, people trust this system. Spanish hospitals have doctors who are exclusively dedicated to donation-transplant and who know how to treat the end of life, how to organize the process, which is what makes this model to work”.


More than 14,000 trained professionals around the world


Throughout the international educational program Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) –a global model in health professionals training created in 1991 in the academic framework of the UB- DTI Foundation has trained around 14,000 experts in more than a hundred countries worldwide. The TPM program was awarded in 1994 by the Committee on Organ Transplantation of the Council of Europe, and in 2008 it was awarded by the Transplantation Society (TTS) for its education and training in this field of biomedicine.   

 

 

 
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