The Liver Intensive Care Group of Europe (LICAGE) was founded in 1987 by Dr JV Farman, an anaesthetist who worked in Cambridge with Professor Sir Roy Calne on the first liver transplants. The aim was to bring together from throughout Europe workers of all disciplines involved in the peri-operative care of liver transplant recipients, to foster communication and collaboration between medical and allied health care disciplines, to stimulate and share advances in the scientific understanding and clinical management of patients requiring liver transplantation.
The group holds meetings each year in different European cities. Every third year, LICAGE collaborates with the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) and the European Liver and Intestinal Transplantation Association (ELITA) to hold a joint Congress. This is either as the planned LICAGE meeting or as an additional meeting. LICAGE also collaborates with other societies including ELITA and the IARS to hold additional educational events.
LICAGE is committed to education, and in addition to holding state of the art courses in perioperative care of liver transplant recipients, has developed a web-based learning resource, the Liver Transplant Anaesthesia and Critical Care Forum (LiTAC) which is now run collaboratively as the Anesthesia/CCM section of a redeveloped ILTS website.
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