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SATiBA Newsletter Volume 03 - June 2019
The South African Tissue Bank Association (SATiBA) is a not-for-profit organization that aims to support all South African tissue banks in regulatory and legal matters, data collection, training, accreditation, quality assurance, communication and collaboration, and more.
The 2019 Congress and AGM will be co-hosted by SATiBA and SATS (Southern African Transplantation Society) and takes place from 6th to 8th September. If you haven't yet registered, follow the links from our website homepage to register under SATiBA for only ZAR2,000 per delegate. All relevant information is available on the conference website.
Introducing SATiBA’s main speaker: Dr Anna Vilarrodona – Director: Barcelona Tissue Bank
Dr Vilarrodona began her training as a forensic physician in 1991 and until 2000, she worked in Primary Healthcare and Medical Emergency Service in public and private health-care centres. During 2000 she joined the transplant coordination team of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and from 2005 to 2012 worked at the Tissue Bank of the Transplant Services Foundations as head of processing and was later placed in charge of the bank's medical management. In January 2014, the tissue banks of the TSF and the BST merged into the Barcelona Tissue Bank of the BST, where she has been working as Medical Director and Head of Biovigilance. In March 2019, Dr Anna Vilarrodona assumed the management of Barcelona Tissue Bank as Director of the centre.

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Academic record:
  • Executive Master’s in Management of Health Organizations at ESADE, 2017-2018.
  • Master's Degree in Manufacturing of Drugs for Advanced Therapies Specialization in Technical Management from the University of Granada, 2010-2011.
  • International Online tissue banking course, IL3 University of Barcelona.
  • Certification of the European Transplant Coordinator, ETCO-EDC 2003.
  • Master’s in Urgency and Emergency Medicine from the Universitat Autónoma of Barcelona 1998-2000.
  • Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine and Surgery from the Universitat Autónoma of Barcelona 1991.
Dr Vilarodonna will address the Congress on three topics:
  • Effective tissue bank management
  • Quality management
  • Donor selection
Abstract submission:
Abstract submission is open and all SATiBA members are encouraged to submit scientific abstracts for oral or poster presentation as soon as possible.
Apart from scientific presentations, we encourage all members to prepare a 7-minute talk on their operations. We would like to get to know each other better and hear about some of your successes, challenges and future plans!
Follow the links from our website homepage and register under SATiBA for only R2000 per delegate. All relevant information is available on the conference website.
Exhibition & sponsorships:
Although space is very limited at this time, there is still an opportunity to gain visibility & exposure for your organization and suppliers – see the conference website for details.

SATS & SATiBA CONGRESS 2019 SATiBA l SATiBA Invited Faculty

Frank Graewe
Leonard Heydenrych
Michael Pepper
Ravi Reddy
Fred Ukunda

Experience world-class presentations from South Africa's leading experts!
NRF Intern 2019: Prof Michael Pepper
We are delighted to announce that we were successful in securing an NRF intern position for SATiBA. Congratulations to Philile Ngcamphalala, who is working under the supervision of Prof Michael Pepper at the University of Pretoria. Philile has a Masters degree in veterinary parasitology, and is passionate about helping others. ' 

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Her first task has been to perform an audit of African tissue banks as a first step towards the much anticipated 2020 WUTBA meeting. This includes performing a detailed audit of all of SATiBA's members. This work has been largely completed, and Philile will submit this as an abstract for the SATS-SATiBA meeting in September.
Philile is also compiling an exhaustive list of publications on organ and tissue donation in South Africa, which will be used for drafting one or more manuscripts on the topic of tissue donation in South Africa (and the rest of the continent). She will also assist with projects that SATiBA is running aimed at increasing tissue donation in the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. Finally, Philile will assist Prof Pepper with the drafting of a policy document for tissue banking in South Africa.

Workshop on Tests for Communicable Diseases: Cleo Ndhlovu
A workshop regarding the testing for communicable diseases as required has been arranged with Lancet Laboratories, and all SATiBA members are invited to participate. The speakers are specialists in the fields of Serology; Microbiology and Histology.

Date:         9 July 2019
Time:         09:00 to 13:00
Venue:      Centre for Tissue Engineering, Building 19D, CSIR, Brummeria, Pretoria. 

City of Cape Town Wellness Day inspires Lifesaving Giving: Nadia Chalkley, SABMR
The Wynberg Civic Centre was a hive of activity on 20 June, with staff members from the City of Cape Town participating in the Organ Donor Awareness Initiative. This initiative was organised by EAP and Wellness – Human Resources and tackled issues and myths around becoming a donor and truly making a difference through life-saving contributions. 

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Staff members were treated to informative presentations and a host of exhibition stands giving staff members the opportunity to engage with providers directly. 

The NGO’s and SATiBA members represented were: 

•    CHOC (
•    Eye Bank Foundation (
•    Medic Alert (
•    Organ Donor Foundation (
•    Sunflower Fund (
•    The South African Bone Marrow Registry (
•   Centre for Tissue Engineering (

The programme was nothing short of exciting and concluded with the Information Officer, Mr Keith Goliath, stating the importance of responding to the urgent call of truly making a difference. 

SATiBA membership invoices were sent out for payment in February 2019, but a few are still outstanding - Please check your payment status.
SATiBA has made significant investment in preparation of the 2019 congress to the benefit of members – and the payment of fees remains vital for the successful functioning of our organisation.
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