KSU Rector Inaugurates Advances in Kidney Transplantation Conference
His Excellency Dr. Badran Abdulrahman Al Omar, Rector of King Saud University, has inaugurated the Advances in Kidney Transplantation Conference organized by the Saudi Society of Nephrology and Transplantation (SSN&T) in cooperation with the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT) and the College of Medicine. The conference was held in the Grand Hall of the College of Medicine in Riyadh and lasted three days.
At the beginning of the sessions, the Chairman of SSN&T and the Conference Scientific Committee, Dr. Khalid Abdulaziz Al Hasan, gave a speech in which he stated that the number of kidney transplants has reached more than 770 during the last year, pointing out that the waiting list is still getting longer and bigger effort from nephrologists and transplant physicians is needed.
Dr. Al Hasan said that the Kingdom has reached an advanced position in the field of kidney transplantation and that it has become one of the top ten countries in performing living-donor kidney transplantation, and one of the leading countries in performing kidney transplantation from brain-dead donors whether in the Middle East or Asia. Additionally, he mentioned the importance of the conference to discuss the latest scientific advances in this field through more than 50 lectures and workshops in addition to accepting more than 28 research papers. He also thanked the Rector of King Saud University, conference speakers, and the members of SSN&T.
In his speech, the Director General of SCOT and Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee, Dr. Faisal Abdulraheem Shaheen, discussed the latest worldwide advances in nephrology and kidney transplantation, pointing out the huge support that the government provides for organ transplantation and nephrology programs including the initiative of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in 1404 AH to establish the National Kidney Center, which was later renamed the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation after the expansion of its activities, which included supervising and monitoring all fields of organ transplantation in the Kingdom.
Dr. Shaheen added: “The Kingdom now has worldwide advanced position among other countries in the field of organ transplantation, and it has become one of the top five countries in performing living-donor transplantation, and the 40th country in performing transplantation from brain-dead donors. Moreover, the Kingdom is considered one of the biggest countries in the Arab World and Middle East when it comes to organ transplantation, especially kidney transplants whose rate has reached 26 per million population.
He also stated that the number of kidney transplants have reached 10588 by the end of 2016, while liver transplants have reached 2007 and 339 heart transplants, 213 lung transplants, and 46 pancreas transplants have been performed. Furthermore, he mentioned that those advanced programs are the result of the efforts exerted by those who work in organ transplantation centers scattered across the Kingdom, namely highly experienced Saudi physicians who have devoted great efforts for the sake of serving humanity.
After that, the Rector of King Saud University, Dr. Badran Abdulrahman Al Omar, gave a speech in which he said: “Nation and society advancement and distinction are measured by the services provided to individuals, and medical services come first, thus countries strive to improve and facilitate such services for their citizens. To that end, the Kingdom's government, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Crown Prince are committed to providing all that is needed to improve healthcare in line with the aspirations of our country and its development plan."
His excellency added: "The increasing number of patients with kidney failure, which have reached 18000, makes it our duty here in King Saud University, which has social responsibility towards this country, to be among the first initiators to find the causes and effective treatments of such chronic diseases. Today’s conference titled 'Advances in Kidney Transplantation' is only a result of the constructive cooperation between the College of Medicine and SSN&T and SCOT which contributed to making it the first of its kind in terms of how big it is and the number of research papers discussed in it.”
At the end of inauguration, His Excellency Dr. Badran Al Omar honored the conference participants and sponsors.