Welcome to the first podcast series by ESOT's Young Professionals in Transplantation (YPT)!
The series aims to provide the new generation of transplant professionals with an easily accessible tool to support their career development. The podcasts are deliberately short so you can listen on-the-go, wherever you are.
Hosted by YPT Board members Dilan Dabare (Royal London Hospital, London, UK) and Stan Benjamens (Maasstad Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) in conversation with leading European transplant professionals.
A CAREER IN TRANSPLANT NURSING
The guests of this podcast are Anna Forsberg, Lisa Burnapp and Anna Brantmark, who will share their experiences, insights, and advice for those considering a career in this life-saving profession.
Professor Anna Forsberg is a clinical professor in the caring sciences at Lund University in Sweden. She has been a registered nurse since 1991 and did her PhD in health-related quality of life after liver transplantation. She is the current chair of ETHAP (The European Transplant Allied Healthcare Professionals). She has an active research career and continues to inspire a new generation of nurses. Lisa Burnapp was, until recently, the President of the British Transplantation Society and is a current Associate Medical Director for Living Donation for NHSBT in the UK. Lisa qualified as a nurse in 1985 and has been a Consultant nurse in living donation at Guy’s Hospital in London. She has a masters in medical law and ethics. She rose to the very top of British transplantation and is a true inspiration to all transplant professionals. Anna Brantmark is a clinical nurse specialist in transplantation at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is currently doing her PhD in the Art and science of adaptation after liver and visceral transplantation. She is also a board member of the Education Committee of ESOT.
Among the topics covered: inspirations and the joys of a career in transplant nursing; recruitment into transplant nursing; developing an academic career in transplant nursing; leadership and engagement at a national level for transplant nurses; hobbies and work-life balance. This is a fantastic podcast for those considering a career in transplant nurses as well as for established transplant nurses who want to expand the boundaries of their work and reach the pinnacle of their careers.
This podcast is supported by Novartis.
A CAREER IN TRANSPLANT SURGERY
In this podcast, we interview Professor Lorna Marson, Honorary Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Professor of Transplant Surgery at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh. Prof. Marson is the current College Dean of Admissions, supervisor of PhD and MD students, and lead for Diversity and Respect for Edinburgh Medical School. She is a past President of the British Transplantation Society and chaired the College of European National Transplant Societies. At ESOT, she is a very active member, with a current EKITA board member position since 2021.
In this podcast, we discuss the impressive career of Prof. Marson. She highlighted her decision to pursue a career in transplant surgery, combining work and family, being a part-time working trainee, and the importance of mentors in the clinic and academia. Prof. Marson shares her life story and provides insight into her views on medical training and transplant research. She discusses the twists and turns in her surgical training. This podcast has advice for transplant professionals at all stages of their careers by a real leader in the field of transplant surgery.
This podcast is supported by Novartis.
HOW TO ORGANISE TRANSPLANT FELLOWSHIPS
In this podcast, we interview three of our own board members – Dr. Hannah Esser, Dr Caroline Dudreuilh and Dr. Gianluca Rompianesi. Each of them is either currently doing or have recently completed successful research or clinical fellowships. They are supremely knowledgeable and provide a wealth of advice and tips on organising and going through fellowships.
HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL GRANT
In the first podcast we start with a tribute to Dr Sevda Hassan, Chair of YPT, who sadly passed away just before this podcast launched. She had listened to the recording a few days before she passed and was excited about the upcoming series. Sevda inspired us all to be better and will leave a huge void in the European transplant community.
The guest of this podcast is Nina Pilat, Associate Professor at the University of Vienna and Chair of ESOT’s Basic Science Committee. Prof. Pilat has successfully applied to several research grants based on her work on Treg-induced transplantation tolerance.
Prof. Pilat talks about her experience of grant writing over the years, with great advice for young researchers. Based on Prof. Pilat's personal experiences, the podcast discusses the general principles of successful grant writing and how to handle rejection. If you are looking for inspiration, this is a must listen to all budding transplant professionals.