European Reference Networks (ERNs) are virtual networks involving healthcare providers across Europe.

They aim to tackle complex or rare diseases and conditions that require highly specialised treatment and a concentration of knowledge and resources. Currently, 24 thematic ERNs are active, involving over 900 medical teams in more than 300 hospitals from 25 EU countries, plus Norway.

TransplantChild: the ERN on paediatric transplantation

Coordinated by La Paz University Hospital. It encompasses both solid organ transplantation (SOT), included multiorgan and complex procedures, and hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (HSCT). The main goal is to have a significant impact on children’s quality of life in the long term. To achieve it, the methods implemented are: giving the patients network access to diagnostic advice and joining with members of the network and stakeholders to increase the information, innovate and expertise in the transplant procedures.


TransplantChild Executive Committee

Transplantchild Executive Committe

Dr. Paloma Jara Vega

Dr. Paloma Jara Vega

Coordinator of ERN TransplantChild

Dr. Antonio Javier Carcas Sansuán

Dr. Antonio Javier Carcas Sansuán

Coordinator of the Clinical Practice Guidelines WG

Dr. Francisco Hernández Oliveros

Dr. Francisco Hernández Oliveros

Coordinator of the Training & Education WG

Dr. José Jonay Ojeda Feo

Dr. José Jonay Ojeda Feo

Coordinator of the Evaluation WG

Dr. Eduardo López Granados

Dr. Eduardo López Granados

Coordinator of the Research WG
Dr. Esteban Frauca Remacha

Dr. Esteban Frauca Remacha

Coordinator of the CPMS/PETER WG

María Jesús Pascau González-Garzón

María Jesús Pascau González-Garzón

Coordinator of the Dissemination WG

Dr. Yadira Bravo Gallego

Dr. Yadira Bravo Gallego

Coordinator of Clinical Audits WG

Dr. Susana Noval Martín

Dr. Susana Noval Martín

Deputy Director of children’s hospital La Paz University Hospital

Dr. Javier Cobas Gamallo

Dr. Javier Cobas Gamallo

CEO – Subdirector La Paz University Hospital
Dr. Francisco García Río

Dr. Francisco García Río

Medical Director La Paz University Hospital

TransplantChild Technical Secretariat

Ana Merino Fernández

Ana Merino Fernández

Project Manager

Marta Casales Santa

Marta Casales Santa

Project Manager

Dr. Yadira Bravo Gallego

Dr. Yadira Bravo Gallego

Medical Advisor

Miguel Clemente Bernal
Miguel Clemente Bernal

eHealth Support Manager

Jorge Rioja Donoso

Jorge Rioja Donoso

Communications and Analysis Manager

Celia Villanueva

Celia Villanueva

Project Manager Assistant

PhD. Paloma Gómez Campelo

PhD. Paloma Gómez Campelo

Patient’s support Manager

Members of the network

Full Members

  • Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc
  • Princess Elisabeth Children’s Hospital
  • Odense University Hospital
  • Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet
  • Bicêtre Hospital
  • Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades
  • HUS Helsinki University Hospital
  • Hannover Medical School
  • University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Azienda Ospedale- Università Padova
  • Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e le Terapie ad alta specializzazione – ISMETT
  • Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII
  • Ospedale Pediátrico Bambino Gesù
  • AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino
  • Children’s Health Ireland
  • Vilnius University Hospital Santariskiu Klinikos
  • UMC Utrecht
  • Amsterdam University Medical Centres
  • University Medical Center Rotterdam
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Children’s Memorial Health Institute
  • Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Santo António
  • Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra
  • Hospital Santa Maria. Centro. Hospitalar Lisboa Norte
  • Hospital Universitario La Paz
  • Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío
  • Hospital del Niño Jesús
  • Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón
  • Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron
  • Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
  • Children’s Hospital, Skåne University Hospital
  • Karolinska University Hospital
  • Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset

Affiliated Partners

  • Centre for Pediatric Lung Transplantation, Medical University of Vienna
  • University Hospital Centre Zagreb
  • Tartu University Hospital
  • Semmelweis University
  • Children’s Clinical University Hospital, Riga
  • Centre Hospitalier du Luxembourg
  • Mater Dei Hospital

Supporting Partners

  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

TransplantChild Operational Areas

Learn more about how the ERN is organized in Operationa Areas

Human Capital

European activity on PT

Interactive Map of Paediatric Transplantation Activity in Europe

About Interactive Map

ERN Transplantchild wants to promote the visibility of information regarding pediatric transplantation by the creation of European pediatric transplantation map, in order to locate the specific experience, expertise, and knowledge in a field as wide as pediatric transplantation.


The collected information about the paediatric transplantation activity across Europe during 2012-2016 enable us to define:

  • Who we currently are (and what centers are currently not and should be in the network)
  • To analyse the number and distribution of existing centers and transplantation programs
  • To identify the equity in access to transplantation for pediatric candidates across Europe, and
  • Extend the network to all EU member states and thus provide access to the network to all patients and families across the EU.

The Health Care working group through of multidisciplinary collaboration group decided to define the EU map of the paediatric transplantation activities, including both solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplants.

To achieve this goal, we kindly request the collaboration of all European National Agencies to provide paediatric donation and transplant information between the years 2012-2016. Information on transplanted patients under the age of 18 was collected including:

  • The number of pediatric solid organ transplantations by type of organ (kidney, liver, lung, heart, and intestinal/multivisceral).
  • The number of pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantations.
  • The number of transplants (both solid organ and hematopoietic) per Hospitals of each country.

As agreed by all the attending Authorities at the 14th Meeting of the Competent Authorities held in Brussels (27-28th of June 2018), the ERN TransplantChild is putting together the paediatric transplantation in Europe to deliver a complete map of the activity and expertise. Until the end of December 2018, we have received a response from the following participants as representatives of their National agencies:

1. Bulgaria

Violetta Marinkova – Senior Expert – Bulgarian Executive Agency for Transplantation

2. Czech Republic

Prof.MUDr. Miloš Adamec, CSc – ředitel KST – Koordinační středisko transplantací

3. Estonia

Mrs. VIRGE PALL, MD – Director of Transplantation Centre – Tartu University Hospital

4. Greece

Hellenic Transplant Organization – Εθνικός Οργανισμός Μεταμοσχεύσεων

5. Ireland

Lynn Martin – National Organ Donor Co-Ordinator – Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland

6. Italy

Paola Di Ciaccio – Head of Foreign Affairs Division – Italian National Transplant Centre – Italian National Institute of Health

7. Lithuania

Vita Petronytė – Senior specialist – Transplant Coordination Department – National Transplant Bureau – Under the Ministry of Health of the Republic Lithuania

8. Poland

Jarosław Czerwiński – Centrum Organizacyjno-Koordynacyjne do Spraw Transplantacji – “Poltransplant”

9. Portugal

Catarina Bolotinha – Assessora da Coordenação Nacional da Transplantação – Serviços Centrais – Instituto Português de Sangue e da Transplantação, IP

10. Spain

MARINA ALVAREZ – Organización Nacional de Trasplantes – Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social

11. Slovakia

Daniel Kuba, Magdaléna Krátka – Bratislava, Slovenská republika

12. Slovenia

Barbara Uštar – Zavod RS za presaditve organov in tkiv Slovenija-transplant – Ljubljana – Slovenija

13. United Kingdom

Rachel Hogg – ODT Statistical Enquiries – NHS -UK

14. Eurotransplant Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Switzerland

Jacob de Boer, MD – Medical Staff ET – Eurotransplant International Foundation – Josephine Wadewitz – Deutsche Stiftung – Organtransplantation – Germany

15. Scandiatransplant Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden Ilse Duus Weinreich

Clinical Data and Office Manager – Scandiatransplant – Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby – Helle Thiesson – OUH – Odense Universitetshospital – Svendborg Sygehus

Activity data collection

The information was required in a determined format, and each agency should be structured Activity data according to the follow instructions:

  • Divided by hospitals.
  • Separated by age: one group for patients younger than 16 years old, and a second one for those between 16 and 18 years old.
  • Type of transplant: HSCT, liver, kidney, heart, lung and Intestinal/multivisceral.
  • Years range from 2012 to 2016.
  • As an optional, for liver and kidney the data were discriminated by by living or cadaveric (deceased) donor. In the case of HSCT, the data were divided by autologous or allogeneic transplant. The Health Care working group through of multidisciplinary collaboration group decided to define the EU map of the paediatric transplantation activities , including both solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplants. In order to achieve the highest possible reliability of the data these have been requested through all possible available ways like the national agencies for organ donation and allocation, European transplantation scientific societies, and center own registries . The map was prepared by the WG and was reviewed and approved by both the Group Coordinator and the Technical Director. The final version will be distributed online and the analysis of the results wil be discussed by the working group to obtain the mainly conclusions aligned to the objectives of this activity.

We wish to acknowledge the support of the Unit B4 of Medical Products: Quality, Safety and Innovation of the DG Health & Food Safety (SANTE) for their invitation to the 14th Meeting of the Competent Authorities on Organ Donation and Transplantation. Without their endorsement and the generous collaboration of the representatives of each of the European Competent Authorities on Organ Donation and Transplantation, this work would have not been possible.

Allocation of paediatric transplants in Europe 

Allocation of paediatric transplants in Europe (0-16) 

Allocation of paediatric transplants in Europe (17-18)

Total activity in Europe        (2012-2016) 


Joint Action JARDIN


JARDIN is a Joint Action created for the Integration of ERNs into the 
National Health Systems of the EU Member States, plus Norway and 

JARDIN’s mission is to improve the accessibility of ERNs for people 
living with rare diseases or complex conditions, through 
recommendations and pilot projects for implementation in key areas of 
action, such as patient pathways, national reference networks and data 
management for rare diseases.

European Rare Disease Research Coordination and Support Action


GA number: 964908

The aim of the European Rare Disease Research Coordination and Support Action consortium (ERICA), in which all 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) take part, is to build on the strength of the individual ERNs and create a platform that integrates all ERNs research and innovation capacity.

European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases


GA number: 825575

The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) is a programme aiming to create an effective rare diseases research ecosystem for progress, innovation and for the benefit of everyone with a rare disease. We support rare diseases stakeholders by funding research, bringing together data resources & tools, providing dedicated training courses, and translating high quality research into effective treatments.

PaEdiatric Transplantation European Registry “PETER”


GA number: 947629

The PaEdiatric Transplantation European Registry (PETER) will be a platform focused on paediatric transplantation within the EU, including all types of transplantations (i.e., both solid organ transplantation –SOT- and haematopoietic stem cell transplantations-HSTC-). This platform integrates information from clinicians and patients into research projects.