Hugo Kaneku and Paul I. Terasaki, Terasaki Foundation Laboratory, Los Angeles, California
The Clinical Transplants series started in 1985, as a summary and analysis of a large transplant database, the UCLA International Transplant Registry, which started in 1971 and included data of kidney transplants gathered from more than 130 centers in the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan. The first volume focused exclusively on kidney transplantation outcomes based on the UCLA Registry. Starting in 1986, different databases containing liver, pancreas, bone mar- row and heart transplant records were analyzed and added. The reports and analysis from these registries were common sections in the next years, complementing the UCLA Registry analysis. Starting also in 1986, different centers were invited to publish their single center experiences and outcomes on different organ transplants. The year 1989 marked the introduction of the UNOS Scientific Registry and the transition to this larger database.
It also marked the beginning of the Worldwide Transplant Centers Directory, a master list with the total number of transplants by organs performed every year at individual trans- plant centers and also the members of each trans- plant team. This directory is carefully kept until today. A year later, a new chapter called Annual Reviews was introduced, with a complete review of literature published every year. From 1990 to 2005 we had more than 40 recognized transplant physicians such as Paul Keown, Mark Hardy, Gabriel Danovitch, Barry Kahan, Harold Helderman, Philip F. Halloran, Leslie W. Miller, Andreas Tzakis, Joshua Miller, Anthony Monaco, FlavioVincenti, Ali Naji, Clyde Barker, Frank Stuart, J. Andrew Bradley, Phillip Belitsky, Rolf N. Barth and Stuart J. Knechtle writing the review. In 1991, a section called World Transplant Records was introduced containing a list of the longest surviving grafts, ordered by organs and type of transplants. In 1993, a section called Current Opinions was introduced, where different experts discussed on several controversial topics such as the role of HLA typing, living donation, cadaver kidneys al- location and paid donation. Another new section was introduced in 2008, called History of Trans- plantation, where 5 “new” transplant pioneers told their stories of their own journeys working in the field of transplantation. The present chapter is a retrospective look into some interesting chapters in these 25 years of publications.