The Fourth Banff Conference on Allograft Pathology will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada from 7 - 12 March, 1997.
In August of 1991 a small group of about 20 pathologists, nephrologists, and transplant surgeons met at the Banff Centre for Conferences in the Canadian Rockies at what became the First Banff Conference on Allograft Pathology. Out of this conference emerged the Banff Classification of Renal Allograft Pathology. This classification, published two years later in Kidney International (44:411-422, 1993), has become the international standard for the interpretation of kidney transplant biopsies. The kidney allograft pathology classification, like the heart and lung classification that preceded it, is designed as a dynamic working document which can be modified as the need for improvements if demonstrated. A similar effort in liver allograft pathology began at the Second Banff Conference in 1993 and became a major focus of the Third Banff Conference held in July, 1995. The Third conference had four times as many attendees as the first conference and was conducted with an air of confidence and positive expectation which could not have been anticipated in 1991. We are looking forward to 1997 when, we believe, even more will be accomplished.
The Banff conferences are a combination of exceptional science, spirited debate and astute mediation. We invite you to join us in this event for 1997.
The Symposium will consist of invited addresses, posters, and free communications pertaining to allograft pathology.
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