Transplantoux Symposium: Exercise is Medicine -  February 23, 2018 - Leuven (Belgium)
 
An emerging role for regular physical activity & exercise to improve physical recovery, self-perceived health status and quality of life after solid organ transplantation.
It's time to move!


Dear colleague,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Transplantoux Symposium: Exercise is Medicine, which will be held on Friday 23 February, 2018 in Leuven, Belgium on occasion of the 10th anniversary of Transplantoux.

Topics of the symposium:
  • Physical Exercise in Transplantation: Current Evidence
  • How to Move Forward
  • Physical Exercise: Friend or Foe?
  • Interactive Seminars on Physical Activity throughout the Different Phases of Organ Transplantation
  • Train the Trainee: the Real Life
The Transplantoux Symposium: Exercise is Medicine is endorsed by ESOT and the WTGF.

Statement from the WTGF:

Congratulations to Transplantoux on its 10th anniversary. It is inspiring to see that Professor Diethard Monbaliu is looking beyond the current role of Transplantoux in helping recipients and examining ways to improve their lives post-transplant.

The World Transplant Games Federation believes movement is they key. In fact it doesn’t really matter whether you are transplanted or not, it is well known that sedentary behaviour leads to increased morbidity and early death. It is a message for all of us.

For transplant recipients the equation is slightly more complex. Just what can they do with their new transplanted organ? How hard can they push their bodies? How can they embrace a lifelong dedication to physical activity and movement? How can they overcome the fear of overdoing exercise?

Around the world there are countless examples of recipients who have embraced physical activity and achieved amazing outcomes in terms of peak physical performance. But we don’t all need to climb mountains or run marathons. Regular exercise, even just walking, is known to reduce the incidence of cardio-vascular disease and health conditions associated with obesity. 

The challenge for the World Transplant Games Federation is to encourage all health professionals to embrace the mantra of ‘more transplant recipients, more active more often’. This starts with good science and evidence-based medicine. The kind of evidence that will be outlined at the Transplantoux Symposium. 

We look forward to meeting, hearing of the latest research, and devising ways to spread the word of the importance of physical activity and movement in the worldwide transplant community.


Looking forward to welcoming you in Leuven in February 2018!

The Local Organising Committee

Prof. dr. Diethard Monbaliu

University Hospitals Leuven, BE

Prof. dr. Robin Vos
University Hospitals Leuven, BE

Dr. Harlinde Peperstraete

Ghent University Hospital, BE

Prof. dr. Yves Van Belleghem
Ghent University Hospital, BE

Mr. Jonas Vanbekbergen
Transplantoux, BE

Mr. Stefan De Smet
Transplantoux, BE
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