The Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation (MESOT) was initially founded in Turkey under the leadership of Professor Mehmet A. Haberal in 1987, in compliance with Turkish Civil Code regulations. The Society was subsequently incorporated and registered with the Bern, Switzerland Chamber of Commerce in June 1988 as a nonprofit international scientific Society.

The boundaries of the regions defined in the original bylaws were extended to include neighboring Mid-Asian Countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Former Soviet Republics) in accordance with the resolution accepted at the Third General Assembly, which was held in Tunis in December 1992.

MESOT became an affiliate member of the Transplantation Society in August 1990 at the General Assembly of the San Francisco Transplantation Society, and in January 1992 became associated with Transplantation Proceedings. The proceedings of MESOT meetings have been published regularly in this Journal since that time.

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