This project has received funding from the European Union
under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission

Erasmus MC - University Medical Center Rotterdam

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

   
The Erasmus University Medical Center is a leading transplant centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with programs for heart, kidney and liver transplantation. This centre has an outstanding expertise in living organ transplantation, offering 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 Erasmus Medical Centre took the lead in founding the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Organ Transplantation (ELPAT) in 2007.  ELPAT and EULOD are coordinated from the kidney transplant unit at the Erasmus Medical Center.
   
Willem Weimar is Professor of Internal Medicine at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 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. In addition, he is the scientific coordinator of the EULOD project. He is a well-published author with approximately 500 articles to date in national and international peer-reviewed journals.  
   
Frederike Ambagtsheer works at the Kidney Transplant Unit of the Erasmus Medical Center, as the coordinator of ELPAT, the European Platform on Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects. She has a degree in Criminology (MSc) and Public International Law (LL.M). She performs research on illegal organ trade and transplant tourism and is a member of the expert group on organ trafficking of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In addition, she gives courses to physicians on organ trade. She is the project coordinator of the EU-funded project on living organ donation in Europe and is involved as a researcher on transplant tourism in work package 3.
   
Willij Zuidema is staff leader of the kidney transplant unit at the Erasmus Medical Center. She has longstanding expertise in coordinating living kidney transplantations. She maintains close contacts with the patient population and is also involved in several research projects related to living donation. Her position between society and clinical practice enables her to signal actual societal dilemmas and patient/donor needs. She is an expert on Samaritan donation and has given numerous presentations on this topic at international conferences. Willij Zuidema is involved as a researcher in work package 2 of the EULOD project.  
   
Marian van Noord is the project assistent of ELPAT and is involved in the coordination of the EULOD project. She manages the ELPAT and EULOD websites, as one of the core dissemination actions and organizes the ELPAT congresses, working group meetings and EULOD meetings.  
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