Committee Jon van Rood Award 2021

The Award Committee, consisting of the chairs of the Eurotransplant organ advisory committees, will consider all proposals. Decisions of the Award Committee will be announced by the first week of September.

This year the Committee consists of the following persons:

  • Prof. Dr. Markus Guba, chair of the CoMs (chairman)
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Gabriela Berlakovich, chair of the ERAC
  • Prof. Dr. Jadranka Buturovic Ponikvar, chair of the ETEC
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe W.J. Heemann, chair of the ETKAC
  • Dr. Sebastiaan Heidt, chair of the TTAC
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Günther Laufer, chair of the EThAC
  • Priv.-Doz. Dr. Christian Margreiter, chair of the EPAC
  • Prof. Dr. Jacques Pirenne, chair of the ELIAC
  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Soliman, chair of the OPCC

Jon van Rood Award 2021

Submit application now

Applications for the ‘Eurotransplant Jon van Rood Award 2021’ can be submitted now. This award of € 2.500 is granted to a researcher from one of the Eurotransplant member states who, in the past two years, has published a scientific paper in the field of organ or tissue transplantation that significantly contributed to this field.

The award winner will be announced during this Annual Meeting. You can find more information on the award and application procedure on the Award page.

Cancellation Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2020

The Eurotransplant Annual Meeting on September 24 and 25, 2020 has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This also means that the yearly Assembly will not take place this year. Currently we are preparing an alternative for the voting for members A of the Council of Medicine, which is normally part of the Assembly. The delegates will be informed about the procedure. Abstract submission for the Jon Van Rood Award 2020 is unfortunately not possible. The Jon van Rood award will be granted again next year. 

Although September 2020 looks still far away, it is difficult to predict when the situation will return to normal and what the possible consequences of this pandemic will be.

The Board of Management considers it not appropriate to proceed with the organization of the Annual Meeting, because of the huge effort and costs involved in the preparations of a scientific and accredited program. At present, worldwide many meetings and events taking place between now and September are being cancelled.

As the title of the Eurotransplant jubilee book states, ‘Together on a life-saving mission’, we follow the extended and increased measures taken by national authorities in controlling global spread of COVID-19. The recent situation regarding COVID-19 affects organ donation. All Eurotransplant countries have implemented preventive screenings policies for potential organ donors. For additional information, we kindly refer you to the newsitem on the Eurotransplant public website.

In the meantime, we will investigate the possibilities for organizing a meeting in the first half of 2021. 

The Eurotransplant Board of Management regrets the decision to cancel the meeting and wishes all health care professionals strength and good health during these difficult times.

Save the date: Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2020

he Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2020 will take place on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25.

The venue of the Annual Meeting will be announced shortly.

Save the date: virtual Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2021

We are pleased to announce that the virtual Eurotransplant Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 22, and Thursday September 23, 2021, from 16:00- 21:00 CET. Please mark your calendar and save the dates.

Do not miss the opportunity to participate in our annual event. The online registration will open at the end of June. We will send you more detailed information soon.

Please find the overview of the preliminary meeting program and other information on this website. Furthermore, you can receive updates on the topics and speakers through our Annual Meeting newsletters. To sign up for these newsletters, please send an e-mail to

Reminder: obtain your Certificate of Attendance

Please note that in order to obtain your certificate of attendance, you have to fill in the online survey

After completing the survey, we will mail you the certificate of attendance plus the official certificate of the EACCME®.

Certificate of Attendance Annual Meeting 2019: fill in the online survey

Please note that in order to obtain your certificate of attendance, you have to fill in the online survey

After completing the survey, we will mail you the certificate of attendance plus the official certificate of the EACCME®.


Looking back on the Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2019

Eurotransplant is looking back on a successful Annual Meeting which took place from October 10-11, 2019 in Sassenheim, the Netherlands. We had the pleasure of welcoming more than 300 attendees from Eurotransplant member countries as well as guest speakers from Italy, Israel, Georgia, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and the USA sharing their best practices and research.

We kindly invite you to read our Annual Meeting news update #5 which states how you can obtain your certificate of attendance. You also can watch a short video impression of the Annual Meeting.

In this news update:

  • Looking back on the Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2019
  • Obtain your Certificate of Attendance
  • Presentations online
  • Photo impression
  • Video impression
  • Eurotransplant Jon van Rood Award
  • ZIVVER: secure communication
  • No Winter Meeting in 2020
  • Annual Meeting 2020

Winner of the Eurotransplant Jon van Rood Award 2019: Stijn Verleden

Today Eurotransplant awarded Stijn Verleden, PhD, from KU Leuven, Belgium, with the Eurotransplant Jon van Rood Award 2019. He received this award for his research in unraveling and treating the risk factors and pathophysiological mechanisms of chronic rejection after lung transplantation. His study titled ‘Donor-specific and -nonspecific HLA antibodies and outcome post lung transplantation’ was published in the Respiratory Journal.

Award winning research

In this study, Verleden investigated the role of circulating donor specific (DSA) HLA antibodies on rejection-free and graft survival in a large cohort of lung transplant recipients. Although the role of DSA in most organ transplantations is established, its role in lung transplantation has been neglected and not comprehensively investigated in large patient cohorts. In this cohort, Verleden found 17% of patients developing DSA. He was able to demonstrate important prognostic differences in persistent versus non-persistent DSA. Where persistent DSA were associated with a shorter rejection free survival (HR 3.386) and shorter graft survival (HR 3.071), transient DSA were only associated with a shorter rejection-free survival but not graft survival.

Eurotransplant Jon van Rood Award

For the second year, Eurotransplant awarded a researcher with the ‘Eurotransplant Jon van Rood Award’. The Award is named after Eurotransplant’s Founding Father who passed away on July 21, 2017. This award of €2.500 is granted to a clinical and/or scientific researcher to pursue or continue a career in the field of organ and tissue transplantation. Nine scientific publications from young professionals from different Eurotransplant member states were submitted. An international scientific jury reviewed the publications and selected the publication by Verleden as winning paper.

Award ceremony

The Award was handed over by Prof. Dr. Bruno Meiser, President of the Board of Eurotransplant during the Presidential Symposium at the Eurotransplant Annual Meeting. Following the award ceremony, award winner Verleden presented his paper to the audience. The Eurotransplant Annual Meeting is a two-day medical-scientific congress where professionals in organ donation, allocation and transplantation meet and discuss the latest developments and innovations in this working field.

Prof. Dr. Bruno Meiser, President of the Eurotransplant Board and Stijn Verleden, PhD

Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2019: we wish all participants and lecturers a safe trip!

The Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2019 will take place on Thursday, October 10 and Friday, October 11 in Hotel Van der Valk Sassenheim-Leiden in Sassenheim.

We look forward to welcoming many of our cooperation partners and (international) relations this week.

We wish all participants and lecturers a safe trip and look forward to seeing you in Sassenheim!