Programme Schedule


11th Annual Transplant Coordinators' Conference

Date: 3rd & 4th December 2018



Day I - 3rd December 2018

9.00 am - 9.45 am

Swamy Narayan Memorial Lecture
Dr. Elmi Muller
Chairperson: Mr. K. Raghuram

9.45 am - 10.30 am

Paper presentation

Chairpersons: Dr Kishore Phadke, Mrs. Arati Gokhale

10.30 am - 10.45 am

Coffee Break

10.45 am - 11.15 am

Paper presentation/ poster presentation

Chairpersons: Dr Kishore Phadke, Mrs. Arati Gokhale

11.15 am - 12.15 pm

Models of successful organ donation and transplantation programmes for BPL (below poverty line) patients
Dr. Bhanu Chandra, Ms. Sujatha Suriyamoorthi, Ms. Bhavna Jagwani, Ms. Sujata Ashtekar
Chairperson: Mr. K. Raghuram

12.15 pm - 01.00 pm

Ethical issues that transplant coordinators face in live donor transplants

Transplant Coordinator from each region
Chairpersons: Dr. Sumana Navin, NATCO EC member

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm

Lunch Break

Session I
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Day of Judgement

i) Supreme Court Judgments that have implications on death and organ donation in India

a. Aruna Shanbaug Judgment - Dr. RoopGursahani

b. Passive euthanasia judgment: Do these judgments empower ICU consultants to withdraw treatment? - Dr. R. K. Mani

c. Donation after cardiac death: Does the Supreme Court judgment make it possible in future? - Dr. RoopGursahani

Chairpersons: Mr. Keshav Desiraju, Dr. SamiranNundy

ii) Debate

a. USA's position of whole brain death: Should it be followed in India? - Dr. Sonal Asthana

b. UK's position on brain-stem death: Is it adequate? - Dr. Vinay Kumaran

Chairperson: Mr. Joga Rao

iii) Kerala High Court judgment on non-directed donation and compensation: Ethical challenges

a. Judgment and protocol highlights - Dr. Noble Gracious

b. Ethical challenges - Dr. Philip Thomas

Chairperson: Dr. S K Mathur

iv) Brain-stem death protocols: Help or hindrance?

a. Presenting the protocol - Dr. S Sudhindran

b. Does the protocol violate privacy and should it be challenged? - Dr. Umadattan

Chairpersons: Dr. PeushSahni, Dr. Sonal Asthana

Session - II
4.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Lessons from the UK

i. Is organ donation and transplantation a reality for everyone in an unequal world? Lessons from the UK - Prof. Gurch Randhawa

Chairpersons: Dr. J Amalorpavanathan, Dr. Elmi Muller

ii. Ethical considerations in Brain-stem death testing and organ donation in pregnancy: Protocols in the UK - Dr. Sridhar Nagaiyan

Chairpersons: Dr. Adib Rizvi, Dr. Riadh Fadhil

iii. Indian guidelines on paediatric brain death testing: Should it include anencephaly and organ donation - Dr. Bala Ramachandran

Chairpersons: Dr. Sunil Shroff, Dr. Avnish Seth

Session III
5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

i. Social media, organ donation and transplantation: Ethical challenges and solutions - Dr. Sunil Shroff

Chairpersons: Dr. Benita Padilla, Dr. Dominique Martin

ii. Debate

a. National organ donation pledge registry in India: Is it an expensive exercise that is likely to go nowhere? - Dr. J Amalorpavanathan

b. National Organ donation pledge registry in India: Will it increase donation rate and is it a step in the right direction? - Dr. Avnish Seth

Chairpersons: Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, Dr. Sunil Shroff

Day II - 4th December 2018

"A symposium on organ donation and transplantation in a world of inequality"

Organizer: Indian Journal of Medical Ethics and Deakin University

This symposium is sponsored by the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) ( an organization dedicated to combating organ trafficking and promoting ethical policy and practice in organ donation and transplantation. The symposium is also supported by the MOHAN Foundation

8.30 am - 9.00 am


9.00 am - 9.20 am

Welcome and overview of the symposium Introduction to the DICG and the 2018 edition of the Declaration of Istanbul
Dr. Sanjay Nagral, Dr. Dominique Martin

Session I: Organ trafficking and the role of health professionals
Chairpersons: Dr. Kishore Phadke, Mr. CE Karunakaran

9.20 am - 10.00 am

Overview of trafficking activities in South Asia (Case studies)
Philippines - Dr. Benita Padilla
India - Dr. Sunil Shroff
Sri Lanka - Dr. Charitha Prasanna
Pakistan - Dr. Adib Rizvi

10.00 am - 10.40 am

Ethical concerns about organ selling - Dr. Sumana Navin
Health professional's responsibilities and barriers to addressing trafficking - Prof Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai

10.40 am - 11.00 am

Tea Break

Session II: Ethical risk management in living organ donation
Chairpersons: Dr. Philip Thomas, Dr. Omprakash Nandimath

11.00 am - 11.20 am

Role of psychosocial evaluation of living donors in managing risk

Prof. Riadh Fadhil

11.20 am - 11.40 am

Practical challenges for effective implementation

Dr. Benita Padilla

11.40 am - 12.30 pm

Negotiating the local terrain in organ donation & transplantation

A case based multidisciplinary panel discussion on the special challenges in South Asia
Panel Members: Dr. Nagesh Simha, Dr. Astrid Lobo, Dr. Sohini Chattopadhyay, Dr. Sonal Asthana, Dr. Premdas Pinto, Dr. Urmila Mahajan
Moderator: Dr. S. Nagral

12.30 pm - 1.30 pm

Lunch Break

Session III: Barriers to equity in donation and transplantation
Chairpersons: Dr. SK Mathur, Dr. Noble Gracious

1.30 pm - 1.50 pm

Inequities in deceased donation: impact of end-of-life healthcare costs on donation decision-making

Dr. Dominique Martin

1.50 pm - 2.10 pm

Inequities in access to transplantation services: impact of costs of dialysis, surgery and post transplant care

Prof. Vivekanand Jha

2.10 pm - 2.30 pm

Inequities in organ allocation: impact of allocation protocols favouring private sector

Prof. Elmi Muller

2.30 pm - 2.50 pm

Tea Break

Session IV: Law and policy in promoting ethics and equity
Chairpersons: Dr. Dhvani Mehta, Dr. Anil Kumar, Dr. Samirun Nundy

2.50 pm - 3.10 pm

HOTA & access to transplantation: impact and challenges

Dr. J Amalorpavanathan

3.10 pm - 3.30 pm

Financial incentives for donors and donor families: ethical and legal issues

Prof. Alexander Capron

3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Legislative change: how it can make a difference (Case studies)
Sri Lanka
South Africa

Dr. Benita Padilla, Prof. Riadh Fadhil, Dr. Charitha Prasanna, Dr. Adib Rizvi, Dr. Elmi Muller

4.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Closing remarks

Dr. Dominique Martin, Dr. Sanjay Nagral

5.00 pm

Close of the symposium