Thank you first for allowing me to represent you. It has been a huge privilege to get to know you and your work in even greater depth, and to work with you to support our profession. I have never failed to be awed by the skill and dedication of those who work across all our disciplines in pathology. Your commitment and sheer grit has been amazing.
Professor John Forsythe highlights the expertise and teamwork essential for successful organ donation and transplantation, addressing some of the challenges of the pandemic but also looking into the future.
Infectious diseases are a complex area in transplantation. This article will focus on the microbiological aspects of deceased organ donor characterisation and its role in minimising harm to recipients from unintended transmission of infection.
The Coroner (in England and Wales, and Northern Ireland) and the Procurator Fiscal (PF; in Scotland) have a judicial responsibility to investigate certain deaths. As such they have authority over the body while inquiries are made. Therefore, though they cannot ‘consent’ to organ or tissue donation, they can refuse permission.
Histopathology expertise is essential to support timely decision making around transplantation of donated organs. This article highlights the need for developing a national on-call service to support this.
Histocompatibility and immunology expertise is essential for supporting safe organ donation and transplantation. This article highlights areas for further development.
A milestone in the future of organ donation and transplantation was marked on 20 May 2020 when Max and Keira’s Law introduced opt out as the legal basis for consent for deceased organ and tissue donation in England.
Lisa Burnapp describes the achievements of the internationally renowned UK living kidney sharing scheme that is life saving for adults and children awaiting a transplant.
Dr Mike Osborn will become our 20th President on 19 November at our 2020 AGM. In this interview, I asked Mike what attracted him to pathology and what his aspirations are for the College as he takes the helm during these unprecedented and challenging times.