Cooperation between Descartes and the ESOT Kidney Committee

The Descartes working group and the ESOT kidney Committee, EKITA, had a two day meeting in Fulpmes (Austria) March 7-8, 2013 and more the following years. The discussions have always been very open and fruitful and a major statement from all the meetings was that both groups were in favour of a close collaboration with the ultimate scope of becoming the joint leading network for research and educational activities in Europe for kidney transplantations.  Providing the medical community guidance on the treatment of patients and standards of healthcare as well as pushing the authorities allot more funding on research in the field of transplantation was seen as other goal that could be achieved by the collaboration.

Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET)

The CET has now formally been endorsed by Descartes and all members should have received an e-mail relating to this initiative. More on CET can be found on The board of Descartes hopes that the members will make use of this offer when appropriate.

Briefly, the free services that are being offered by the ESOT-CET collaboration are:

  • Provide help with trial design and methodology
  • Provide help with the reporting of trials
  • Provide assistance in searching the literature
  • Provide a second opinion for researchers who have been approached to participate in a trial but they are unsure if a trial is warranted based on the existing literature.

The board of Descartes hopes that the members will make use of this offer when appropriate.

> Course Announcement April 10-11, 2015 (London, UK) on Evidence in Transplantation (EVIT): 2-day course aimed at medical professionals who want to increase their skills in evidence-based decision-making.
The course covers research methods needed to study the  effectiveness of therapeutic procedures in organ transplantation, including:
• Introduction to evidence-based medicine
• Literature searching
• Introduction to statistics for evidence appraisal
• Evidence appraisal
• Systematic review and meta-analysis workshop

For more information or to register for the course,  please go to the ESOT website.

CET contact details
Centre for Evidence in Transplantation (CET)
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
United Kingdom
T: +44(0)207 869 6627
Email: or