History and aims

    In October 16, 1985 at the time of a visit to Hannovre, Prof. Henri Bismuth proposed to the Prof. Rudolf Pichlmayer the idea to create a European Liver Transplant Registry (ELTR) as extension of the French registry that he had initiated before. Then, Sir Roy Calne from Cambridge University joined the group that was precursor of the European Liver and Intestine Transplant Association (ELITA) at the meeting of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) in Munich, 1985.

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    It was decided to create the ELTR with the following objectives :

    1. Registry of all liver transplantation (LT) procedures in Europe
    2. Link between European LT Centers
    3. Scientific use and publications.

    The hepatobiliary center of Paul Brousse Hospital (Villejuif, France) was designated to manage and analyse the data of ELTR since its creation. Two years later, ELTR had collected information on all LT recipients from 32 European centers (Lancet, 2 : 674, 1987) and since 1991 from 67 centers (Transplant Proc, 21 : 2383, 1991).

    Between 1968 and December 2012, the ELTR has collected data regarding 112,554 LTs performed in 153 centres from 27 European countries, including data on LT indication, donor (including living donors) and recipient blood group compatibility, technical aspects of LT, cause of death or graft failure and, initial and maintenance immunosuppression.

    The ELTR have a truly global representation of European countries with clear prerequisites for contribution to ensure quality, validity, and reliability.