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Erasmus MC University Hospital Rotterdam

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Willem Weimar, Professor of Internal Medicine, was coordinator of the HOTT project. Furthermore, he is a council member of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT). He is also a member of the Dutch Transplantation Working Group, has served as Secretary of the Dutch Transplantation Society, is the Chair of the Dutch Transplantation Foundation and was instrumental in initiating the launch of the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation (ELPAT). He is a well-published author with approximately 500 articles to date in international peer- reviewed journals.


Frederike Ambagtsheer is a an anti-organ trafficking expert and the initiator of the HOTT project. She coordinated the project with Willem Weimar. She graduated in Criminology (MSc) and Public International Law (LL.M) and conducts PhD research on the human organ trade.
Linde van Balen is a criminology graduate and took part as researcher of the HOTT project. She conducted the transplant tourism study and provided administrative support with the overall  coordination of the project.
Marian van Noord is the secretary of ELPAT and is involved in the coordination of the HOTT project. She manages the ELPAT and HOTT project websites and the stakeholder database as one of the core dissemination actions. She also organises the HOTT project meetings.

Kidney Transplant Unit

The HOTT project was coordinated from the kidney transplant unit from the Erasmus MC University Hospital Rotterdam. Erasmus MC is the largest and most versatile of the eight university medical centers in the Netherlands.
Erasmus MC's kidney transplant unit is a top leading transplant centre with an outstanding expertise in living organ transplantation. It offers an excellent opportunity for innovative and ethically challenging transplant programs, such as: adult-to-adult living liver transplantation and living kidney paired exchange donation. The centre has a strong tradition of collaboration between the clinical transplant departments on the one hand (internal medicine, surgery), and the medical ethics and medical psychology departments on the other hand. This collaboration has resulted in high-quality scientific research and many publications in international peer-reviewed journals. The transplant unit took the lead in founding the Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation (ELPAT).

International Symposium

21 November 2014

Europol, The Hague,The Netherlands

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