Past Event

Frontiers in Organ Transplantation

March 28, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Cemil Topuzlu Lecture Hall

On March 28, Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, in collaboration with Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, will host Dr. Megan Sykes for a talk on the field of organ transplantation. She will discuss the immunological responses associated with this procedure and describe the promise of xenotransplantation. 

Welcoming remarks will be given by the Vice Dean Prof.Dr. Ayşin Kale, Department of Anatomy, and the Q&A will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Güher Saruhan-Direskeneli, Department of Physiology, Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. 

*Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 am

**Please note that the event will be in English with no translation into Turkish.

Megan Sykes, M.D., is the Michael J. Friedlander Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and Surgical Sciences (in Surgery) at Columbia University. She is the founding Director of the Columbia Center for Translational Immunology (CCTI) at Columbia University, Director of Research for the Transplant Initiative at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation Research, Division of Hematology/Oncology at CUMC. Dr. Sykes completed her MD training at the University of Toronto in 1982, after which she completed a medical residency, then moved to the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD in 1985 as a Fogarty Visiting Associate. She joined the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School as an Assistant Professor in 1990 and was tenured as a full Professor in 1999, then named to the Harold and Ellen Danser Chair in Surgery. She moved to Columbia University in 2010 to establish the CCTI, which now includes a thriving pre-clinical transplant program and a staff of 115 people, including 19 faculty members, 16 laboratory programs in transplantation, autoimmune disease, infection and cancer immunology and 6 core facilities. Dr. Sykes has published more than 430 papers and chapters describing her work. She has served on the Transplantation Society (TTS) Council and has been President of the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA) and Vice President of TTS. She has received many honors and awards, including the Wyeth-Ayerst Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplant Physicians (1998), the AST Basic Science Established Investigator Award (2007), the TTS Roche Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation Science (Basic) (2010), the TTS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation (Basic Science) (2014), and the 2018 Medawar Prize. For more information, click here.