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DTI Foundation is a private non-profit making entity, founded in 2008 and directed by professor Martí Manyalich and with its headquarters at the Barcelona Science Park (Photo: UB)

TPM Program: twenty-five years promoting quantity, quality and efficiency in organ donations over the world

Promoting training for the experts of the field of organ, tissue and human cell transplantation and donation is the main aim of the Transplant Procurement Management, a worldwide reference in the training of health professionals of this field, which has taught around 13.000 experts from 100 countries over the world since it was created 25 years ago. This educational program is led by Dr. Martí Manyalich director of the DTI Foundation (Donation & Transplantation Institute), based at the Barcelona Science Park.


The Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) –which was created in 1991 in the University of Barcelona to promote quantity, quality and efficiency in donation and transplantation through specialized training – is directed by Martí Manyalich, professor at the Department of Surgery and Surgical Specializations of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona, director of the DTI Foundation, with headquarters at the Barcelona Science Park, and advisor for transplantations at the Clinic Hospital of Barcelona. 

The team led by professor Manyalich has worked for 25 years to develop and export the Spanish model which has been consolidated as worldwide leader in the world of organ donations for transplantations.

Next Monday, November 14 at 11 h, TMP will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an institutional event taking place at the Aula Magna of the University of Barcelona, chaired by the acting rector Jordi Alberch, with the participation of professor Martí Manyalich, director of TPM and DTI Foundation; Eduard Martín, adjunct doctor and head of training in the Spanish National Transplant Organization (ONT); Jaume Tort, director of the Catalan Transplant Organization Donation and Transplantation (OCATT), and Ricard Valero, academic director of TPM. In the event the signing of the collaboration agreement between TPM-DTI Foundation and the 303 Hospital – Nanning (China) will also take place.

A worldwide reference for organ and tissue donation for transplantation

The TPM program, which adapts courses to the specific needs of every country, covers master degrees, postgraduate studies and certificates of specialization in all fields of training. This program is currently taught in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese and has created an international network of high qualified professionals that support the improvement of organ donation programs in European, American, Asian countries and Australia, with a special interest in raising the donation rate in countries where it is still low. 

In collaboration with other European partners, TPM has promoted the European Training Program on Organ Donation (ETPOD), co-funded by the Heath and Food Safety European Commission. It also represents the official training in the field of transplantation coordination of the French Biomedicine Agency, the Italian National Transplant Centre and the Ministry of Health-Authority for Blood and Transplantation Services (Portugal). The TPM program was honored in 1994 with the distinction of the European Council Transplant Commission and was awarded in 2008 by The Transplantation Society (TTS) for its education and training within the field of biomedicine.

Promoting organ donation to save more lives

Raising donation around the world, stopping organ trafficking, improving quality of life and supporting regenerative medicine are the goals of DTI Foundation – Donation & Transplantation Institute, a private non-profit making entity, founded in 2008 and directed by professor Martí Manyalich and with its headquarters in the Barcelona Science Park. In 2010, TPM joined DTI Foundation as an international educational program of the entity.

Nowadays only a 10% of the world population who need transplantation have access to it.  This entity wants to respond to the needs of lots of countries worldwide in the development of organ, tissue and cell donation and transplantation. DTI Foundation advices, trains and supports professionals from public and private entities of the international field to develop and promote research, programs, networks and services of organ, tissue and cell donation, with special interest in contributing to raise the donation rate in countries where it is still low.

DTI Foundation has promoted the European-Mediterranean Postgraduate Program on Organ Donation and Transplantation (EMPODat), a TEMPUS project led by professor Martí Manyalich of the University of Barcelona, and funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. EMPODat, carried out from 2013 to 2015 wanted to improve organ donation and transplantation in Egypt, Lebanon and Morocco, through the training of health professionals of this field and the development of sustainable systems for high quality transplantations in Euro-Mediterranean countries.

Other European projects that are active and have been promoted by DTI Foundation are EUDONORGAN (2016-2019), led by the University of Barcelona and Bosch i Gimpera Foundation, aiming to raise social sensitivity towards organ donation in the European Union and neighboring countries; EU-CHINA KetLOD (2016-2018), promoted by the University of Barcelona to strengthen collaboration with China regarding organ donation, and SeeLife (2016-2018), a training and educational program applied in Latvia and Bulgaria.


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