Category: News

The ETRL is hiring!

We have a vacancy for a new colleague. We are looking for someone who has a PhD in immunology who wants to join our team to bring their knowledge to practice. Please find the vacancy here.

New AM Program publication

A new paper regarding the AM program has been published in Frontiers of Immunology as part of the research topic Sensitization and Desensitization in Organ Transplantation. The article describes the AM program and contains new data on AM offer and transplant rate, as well as the 15 year graft survival in the AM program. The paper can be found here.

ETRL spring Newsletter published

The 2021 spring Newsletter has been published and contains information on a number of changes in the AM program, the results from the recent survey on future HLA typing data communication, and some changes in the EPT website.

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Address change

Please note that there will be a change of location for the shipment of samples. Phone numbers remain unchanged.

From the 3rd of February 2021 please send sera from AM program candidates to:

ETRL, M.J.H. van der Linden
LUMC, reception HLA laboratory
Internal postcode L2-Q
Room L2-76
Route 854
Albinusdreef 2
2333 ZA Leiden
The Netherlands

EPT dates for 2021 published

The dates for the various EPT exercises for 2021 have been sent to the participating laboratories and have been published on our website. In case one of these dates interferes with some special events, please inform us as soon as possible.


Sample shipments

Shipping dateTyping Dispatch (n)Deadline Typing/XM ReportCrossmatch Dispatch*Screening Dispatch*Deadline screening Report
23-02-2021309-03-2021EPT-XM-A, B, CEPT-Scr-A-L06-07-2021
13-04-2021327-04-2021EPT-XM-D, E, Fxx
15-06-2021329-06-2021EPT-XM-G, H, Ixx
21-09-2021305-10-2021EPT-XM-J, K, Lxx
*Please note that for screening and cross matching different sera are shipped


Extra shipment 2021Deadline XM/TypingDeadline Screening
16-11-202130-11-202121-12-2021


Patient-based cases

Information/form sentDeadline
23-02-202109-03-2021
15-06-202129-06-2021
21-09-202105-10-2021

ETRL autumn Newsletter published

The 2020 autumn Newsletter has been published and contains information on the progress of the transition to the virtual cross­match in Eurotransplant, some news on data extracts, the extra EPT shipment, and on a new form for AM patient updates.

The extramural meeting goes virtual

Due to the Corona pandemic the Extramural meeting that was planned on the 13th of March 2020 in Mechelen, Belgium was cancelled. Since a physical meeting will not be possible in the foreseen future, the ETRL will host a virtual Extramural meeting on Wednesday the 27th of November from 9:30 till 13:00. The preliminary program is as follows:

  • Overview EPT results 2019 Yvonne Zoet (ETRL)
  • Patient based cases 2019 (a summary of results is published on the EPT website) Yvonne Zoet (ETRL)
  • News from the TTAC Sebastiaan Heidt (ETRL)
  • The road towards virtual crossmatching Sebastiaan Heidt (ETRL)
  • HLA epitopes: from theory to practice Cynthia Kramer (LUMC)