/R E P E A T/ - Paired Organ Donation and Transplant: Ethical Considerations Regarding a New Option - A 2006 Supplement by the Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie



    QUEBEC, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The publication of a new statement
entitled "Paired Organ Donation and Transplant: Ethical Considerations
Regarding a New Option" will be announced on April 27 by Mrs Edith Deleury,
President of the Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie
(CEST), at the Annual Congress of the Société québécoise de néphrologie (SQN).
This statement is a supplement to CEST's 2004 position statement. Mr. François
Pothier, President of the Working Committee on the subject and Professor in
the Faculty of Agriculture at Université Laval, will present the substance of
the Supplement and its recommendations later during the Congress.
    Despite considerable efforts to alleviate the lack of organs for
transplant, the discrepancy between the number of organs available and the
number of patients on the waiting list continues to grow. Complementary
alternatives to cadaveric donation based on brain death criteria have now been
established. Among these alternatives, donation and transplant between living
persons is a new option for those patients who are waiting for kidney
transplants and who have not yet found a compatible donor among their loved
ones.
    This avenue seems promising, is beginning to cause discussion, and raises
ethical questions. CEST therefore decided to issue a supplement to follow up
on its 2004 position statement on organ donation and transplant. In its
original position statement the Commission showed an interest in ethical
issues raised by organ donation between living persons, and now hopes to
contribute to this ethical reflection by suggesting possible solutions and
making three recommendations for establishing a process which is entirely
ethical.
    A CD containing the Commission's publications on the topic of organ
donation and transplant will be distributed at the Supplement launch. The
Commission's publications are available on its Internet site at
www.ethique.gouv.qc.ca.

    
    Information :

    Diane Duquet                         Katerine Hamel
    Coordinator                          Communications Consultant
    Commission de l'éthique de la        Commission de l'éthique de la
    science et de la technologie         science et de la technologie
    1200, route de l'Eglise              1200, route de l'Eglise
    3rd floor, Suite 3.45                3rd floor, Suite 3.45
    Québec (Québec)  G1V 4Z2             Québec (Québec)  G1V 4Z2
    Tel: (418) 643-2989                  Tel: (418) 643-3576
    Diane.duquet@ethique.gouv.qc.ca   Katerine.hamel@ethique.gouv.qc.ca
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For further information:

For further information: Diane Duquet, Coordinator, Commission de
l'éthique de la science et de la technologie, (418) 643-2989,
Diane.duquet@ethique.gouv.qc.ca; Katerine Hamel, Communications Consultant,
Commission de l'éthique de la science et de la technologie, (418) 643-3576,
Katerine.hamel@ethique.gouv.qc.ca

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