Welcome from Professor Paul Johnson
It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the next IPITA Congress in 2017 which is being held in Oxford. This will be the first IPITA Congress hosted in the UK. The UK has a strong track record in the fields of whole pancreas and islet transplantation and has been instrumental in a number of key developments including being one of the first countries in the world to have a nationally commissioned clinical islet transplant programme, as well as establishing the first joint whole organ and islet donor pancreas allocation scheme.
Oxford, known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, is an ideal location for a scientific meeting, combining the historical beauty of the city, with the world-renowned academic environment of the oldest University in the English-speaking world. It is easily accessible, with efficient transport links from Heathrow (50 miles) and Gatwick (80 miles) airports serving all major international cities.