1st UK National
HOPE Masterclass

Thackray Museum, Leeds
Wednesday, 12th June, 10:00-17:00

Free Registration*

*Delegates will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs

Bridge to Life - Reimagine the Future of Organ Transport and Preservation

Delegates should go away with everything they would need to start HOPE in their centres and clear advice on protocols for selecting organs for HOPE. This 1-day masterclass will provide a comprehensive overview of organ machine perfusion, covering theoretical foundations, practical techniques, clinical applications, and ethical considerations. Participants will gain practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and insights into the latest advancements in machine perfusion, preparing them to contribute effectively to the field of organ preservation and transplantation.


Morning Session: Introduction to Organ Preservation

10:00 – 10:30

Registration and Welcome Note

(Registration of participants, coffee and introduction to the masterclass)

Welcome Address – Nigel Hircock, Bridge to Life Ltd.
Introduction to the Masterclass – Barbara Fiore, Leeds

10:30 – 12:00

Introduction to Organ Preservation

Physiology of Organ Machine Perfusion

Techniques and Modalities of Organ Machine Perfusion

Rod Figueiredo, Newcastle (30 min.)

12:00 – 12:30

Overview of Current Clinical Evidence for HOPE

Sam Tingle, Newcastle

12:30 – 13:30

Implementing HOPE in the United Kingdom – What? When? How?

Contributors: Rodrigo Figueiredo and Barbara Fiore

13:30 – 14:15

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: Practical Applications and Innovations in Organ Machine Perfusion

14:15 – 15:00

Ten-year Experience with HOPE in Zurich

Philipp Dutkowski, Zurich/Basel

15:00 – 15:20

UK Viability Sampling – a National standard?

Emily Thompson, Newcastle

15:20 – 15:35

HOPE Viability Round Table

15:35 – 16:20

Coffee Break with VitaSmart hands-on (Rodrigo Figueiredo) VitaSmart tips and tricks.

16:20 – 16:40

Practical Implementation of a HOPE programme

16:40 – 17:00

Closing Remarks

Registration is Free. Delegates will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Additional Information


Barbara Fiore



Rod Figueiredo



Samuel James Tingle, MD (PhD Candidate)

Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Tingle is a surgeon and PhD candidate at Newcastle University. He is a Specialist Registrar in Surgery and an MRC Clinical Research Fellow in Transplantation. Dr. Tingle has maintained a relationship with the transplantation team at the Freeman Hospital since medical school, facilitating his continual involvement in multiple laboratory-based, translational and clinical research projects throughout his MRes, Academic Foundation Programme and Academic Clinical Fellowship. His research interests include machine perfusion, registry analysis, big data and meta-analysis.

Dr. Tingle is currently a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Fellow and Cochrane Clinical Answers Associate Editor. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Tingle is the recipient of the North East Surgical Training Academy NESTAC Medal for oral presentation of research, and is the recipient of several research grants, including most recently MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship, with joint Kidney Research UK funding, the Wellcome Trust Translational Partnership – Early Translational Funding and Quality in Organ Donation Research Grant.

Dr. Tingle’s first-author publications include Donor Liver Blood Tests and Liver Transplant Outcomes: UK Registry Cohort Study, Transplantation, and Machine perfusion in liver transplantation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Philipp Dutkowski Prof. Dr. Med.

Professor of Surgery, Deputy Head of Visceral Surgery

University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Philipp Dutkowski, MD is currently Professor of Surgery at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland where he recently joined to start their liver transplant program. Prior to this appointment, he was Head of Abdominal Organ Transplantation and Director of the Liver Transplant Program in Zurich. He started his surgical career in 1993 in Germany at the University of Mainz, and completed his board certification for Surgery in 1999, and for Visceral Surgery in 2002. In parallel, he completed his thesis for Habilitation in 2001, after establishing a research group in the field of liver preservation. In 2004, he joined the group of Pierre Alain Clavien in Zurich, and succeeded to translate basic research on machine liver perfusion into clinical application. Since 2009, he leads the abdominal transplant program in Zurich.

David Nasralla

Royal Free


Keziah Crick

Royal Free


Colin Wilson



Registration is Free. Delegates will need to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.