On Wednesday 8 March, Prince Daniel visited Uppsala University Hospital to take part in a symposium on the theme of organ donation and current transplant research. The conference was arranged in connection with World Kidney Day, which was marked around the world during the week.
The symposium, which was open to the public, was also attended by representatives from Uppsala University Hospital and specially invited guests from the International Society of Nephrology, Karolinska Institutet and the More Organ Donation organisation.
The conference focused on the work involved in increasing the frequency of organ donation and new ways to treat patients to improve opportunities for organ donation. Discussions were also held during the morning on the ongoing commission on broadening the criteria for organ donation. Speakers included Helene Malm, Section Manager for Transplantation at Uppsala University Hospital, Stefan Ström, the physician responsible for organ donation for the Uppsala-Örebro region, Anders Milton, state investigator for the Organ Donation Commission, and Cecilia Hielte Kallenberg, a director of More Organ Donation.
During the afternoon, Prince Daniel visited transplantation ward 85D2 together with consultant physician Helene Malm. During the tour, The Prince had the opportunity to meet patients.
Prince Daniel is patron of More Organ Donation (MOD).
World Kidney Day (WKD) is marked each year on the second Thursday in March, and was initiated by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations. This year, the themes for WKD were kidney disease and obesity.
In Sweden, kidney transplant operations are divided up into four regions. In addition to Uppsala University Hospital, which is responsible for central Sweden, kidney transplants are also carried out at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (which is also responsible for northern Sweden), Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge and Skåne University Hospital in Malmö.