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Dear Colleagues,

It is our great honor and privilege to welcome you to the Symposium on “Deceased Organ Donation and Religion” on March 12-13, 2020 in Ankara, Turkey.

Organ transplantation is accepted as a valid and advanced treatment method applied in many chronic organ diseases. However, millions of people die and are buried with healthy organs, which could save the lives of many patients who continue to wait on Transplant lists. Unfortunately, organ shortage is the greatest challenge facing the field of organ transplantation today.

Our aim as the transplant community should be to work towards a system of meeting the organ demand entirely with deceased organ donation. This will make an enormous difference to those patients awaiting transplants in which living organ donors are not an option.

However, cultural and religious beliefs play an important role in organ transplantation activities worldwide. In order to effectively continue to make the best use of the opportunities we have today, it is essential that we discuss the issue from the perspectives of different religions and explore ways to solve the problems caused by this issue.

In the light of these, we have decided to organize a Symposium on “Deceased Organ Donation and Religion” on March 12-13, 2020 in Ankara, Turkey. The Symposium will be held at the Baskent University Campus in Ankara to ensure our young colleagues and students are participated at the highest level.

We are delighted to welcome you to Ankara, Turkey for this Symposium, and we hope you enjoy the scientific sessions and the social events we have planned.


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