The World Transplant Games will hold its conference in NewcastleGateshead ahead of the Olympic-style games which are coming to the destination 17 – 24 August this year. The games will attract around 3,000 participants who have all had successful organ and tissue transplants, from over 50 different countries. Taking place 17 August at King’s Hall on Newcastle University Campus, the conference called “Life Saver to Life Changer” is themed around celebrating the impact of organ donation and transplantation and will attract over 170 clinicians, academics, sports scientists, physiotherapists and athletes from around the world.
Transplant and donation professionals, recipients and donors alike will attend a symposium and a variety of workshops to examine the contribution of Newcastle, its hospitals and university to the field of transplantation medicine and the use of exercise and health promotion as part of a healthy lifestyle following organ transplantation. Alongside the conference will be a public engagement event at The Boiler House and Union Lawn, Newcastle University Campus, where members of the public can take part in a huge range of activities, designed to test and measure their strength and fitness.
Paul Szomoru, Director of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “The symposium is so much more than a general conference or meeting. It’s an opportunity to share subject leading knowledge and inspiring stories – and by encouraging donation and the conversations around it, we can help save lives.”