Pre-Congress Workshops

Preliminary confirmed list, please check for updates as the program comes into focus!

Day 1 | June 30, 2018

Overcoming Pitfalls in Immune Monitoring in Clinical Transplantation Trials: Perspectives From the Experts

In this workshop we will have presentations and discussions regarding new developments in immune monitoring techniques that are relevant for assessing the immune status of patients receiving stem cell or organ transplants. In particular, we are interested in new techniques and in methods for standardizing testing.
  • Immune Monitoring in the Real World  | 08:30–10:00

    Edward Geissler, Germany

    Professor of Experimental Surgery, Experimental Surgery, University of Regensburg

    Introduction & Experience in the ONE Study

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    Birgit Sawitzki, Germany

    Professor, Institute of Medical Immunology, Charite University Medicine

    Pitfalls and Lessons from the ONE Study and Beyond

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    Carla Baan, The Netherlands

    Head of Laboratory, Internal Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center, University Hospital Rotterdam

    Designing Novel Mechanistic Studies in Clinical Trials

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    Shane Grey, Australia

    Associate Professor, Immunology Division, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    Q&A Discussions

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  • Standardization and Success  | 10:30–12:00

    Philip O'Connell, Australia

    Director of Transplantation, Renal Unit, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital

    Qizhi Tang, United States

    Professor of Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    Measuring Donor-Reactive T Cells for Clinical Trials and Metrics to Measure Success

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    Megan Levings, Canada

    Professor of Surgery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

    How Reliable is Your Assay? Approaches to Standardize and Harmonize Immune Monitoring in Clinical Trials

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    Fadi Issa, United Kingdom

    Academic Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

    The Role of the Acceptable Mismatch Strategy for Sensitized Patients


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    Shane Grey, Australia

    Associate Professor, Immunology Division, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research

    Q&A Discussions

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Optimizing Recovery after Solid Organ Transplant – The Role of Physical Activity, Exercise and Sport

This symposium is designed to provide knowledge, skills and tools to participants who aim at improving transplant outcomes through exercise and physical activity. Participants will learn about the physical and psychological? impairments after transplant and the power of exercise and physical activity to mitigate these issues. The current evidence for pre-habilitation and re-habilitation around the world will be presented followed by practical examples of programs that have already embraced exercise training programs and physical activity promotion for transplant recipients. To conclude the symposium, a transplant recipient will introduce the audience to the WTGF Fit For Life program which is becoming available to all recipients as well as the benefits of this program.
  • Evidence for Exercise and Physical Activity in Solid Organ Transplant  | 08:30–10:30

    Marcelo Cantarovich, Canada

    Professor of Medicine, Nephrology, MOTP, McGill University Health Center, Montréal

    Introductions and Opening Remarks

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    Chris Thomas, Australia

    President, World Transplant Games Federation; CEO, Transplant Australia

    Introductions and Opening Remarks

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    Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, Canada

    Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Montréal

    Evidence for Pre-habilitation and Rehabilitation in Solid Organ Transplantation

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    Ka-Foon Chau, Hong Kong

    Consultant and Chief of Service, Department of Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

    Models of Integrating Regular Physical Activity into Post-transplant Care

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  • World Transplant Games Federation – Fit for Life!  | 11:00–12:30

    Liz Schick, Switzerland

    Honorary Secretary, World Transplant Games Federation

    The Role of Technology in Encouraging the Transplant Community to Take the First Steps to a Life of Movement (Billion Steps Challenge)

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  • Transplant Recipients Leading their Peers in Physical Activity  | 13:30–15:00

    Claude Laflamme, Canada

    Medical Director, Anesthesiology, Sunnybrook HSC, Toronto, Canada

    How Fit For Life and Billion Steps Challenge Brings Together the Canadian Transplant Community

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    Sunita Mathur, Canada

    University of Toronto

    Patient Partnerships in Research and Knowledge Translation: Experience from the CAN-RESTORE Network


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  • High-performance Athletes and Sports Participation Post-transplantation  | 15:30–17:30

    Sheila Leddington-Wright, United Kingdom

    Principal Lecturer in Sports Therapy, School of Life Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University

    Sports Participation in Transplant Athletes

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    Diethard Monbaliu, Belgium

    Transplant Surgeon, Abdominal Transplant Surgery, University Hospitals Leuven,

    10 Years of Transplantoux in Belgium – An Integrated Approach

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Advancing Women in Transplantation through Leadership and Advocacy of Issues Related to Sex and Gender

This one-day program will cover topics such as addressing the need for advocacy, gender disparities in transplantation, what it means to be a successful woman in transplantation, new research on issues of sex and gender in transplantation and how to create a culture of academic success. The program will afford a series of interactive talks with audience participation.
  • Increasing Leadership of Women in Transplantation: Challenges and Solutions  | 08:30–10:00

    Lori J. West, Canada

    Professor of Pediatrics, Surgery & Immunology, University of Alberta

    Tools for Leadership Success

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    Lisa Robinson, Canada

    Division Head/Professor, Nephrology/Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto

    Creating a Culture of Support Not Competition

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  • Why Is Advocacy Needed? Gender Disparities in Transplantation  | 10:30–12:30

  • Research on Issues of Sex and Gender in Transplantation  | 13:30–15:00

  • Creating a Culture of Success & Steps to Improve Equity  | 15:30–17:30

    Vassilios Papalois, United Kingdom

    Professor of Transplantation Surgery, Renal and Transplant Directorate, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

    Improving Gender Equity in Transplantation: What Can Professional Societies Do?

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Cell Transplants vs. Stem Cell Therapy

Cell therapy of diseased or failing organs is an area that has generated great interest in regenerative medicine. The choice of using isolated cells or stem cells varies between target organ and/or purpose. In this workshop we will discuss advantages and disadvantages of cell transplants vs stem cells.
  • Session 1  | 13:30–15:00

    Maria Koulmanda, United States

    Co-Scientific Director, Transplant Institute Medicine and Surgery, Beth Israel Deacones Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston

    Innate vs. Adaptive Immunity in Cell Transplant Tolerance

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    Klearchos Papas, United States

    Professor, Director Institute for Cellular Transplantation, Surgery, University of Arizona

    Pros and Cons of Using Human Stem Cell Derived B-cells for the Treatment of Diabetes

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    Peggy Stock, Germany

    Department of Surgery II, Applied Molecular Hepatology, University of Leipzig

    Hepatocytes and Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Therapeutic Options for the Treatment of Liver Diseases: Lessons from Animal Models

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  • Session 2  | 15:30–17:00

    Robert Fisher, United States

    Professor of Surgery, Transplant Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Ctr, Harvard Medical School, Boston

    From Translational Research to Clinical Application: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

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    Guiseppe Pettinato, United States

    Staff Scientist I, Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    From Translational Research to Clinical Application: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

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Day 2 | July 1, 2018

Optimizing Outcomes by Prevention and Management of Post-Transplant Infections

The TID 2018 Pre-Congress Workshop is aimed primarily at transplant clinicians with the expertise in infections and to promote research and education in the prevention, diagnosis, clinical consequences, and management of the infectious disease problems of the transplant recipient.
  • Welcome Message from Co-Chairs  | 08:30–08:40

  • Donor-Derived Infections and Organ Vigilance Around the World  | 08:40–10:10

    Nicole Theodoropoulos, United States

    Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, UMass Memorial Medical Center

    Donor-Derived Infection Cases

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    Cameron Wolfe, United States

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Transplant Infectious Disease Section, Duke University Medical Center

    Organ Vigilance: Background and US Perspective

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  • Transplant ID – Potpourri and Difficult Infections?  | 10:15–11:00

    Camille Kotton, United States

    Clinical Director, Transplant and Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases, Infectious Diseases Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

    Top 10 Papers in Transplant Infectious Diseases

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  • Controversies in Transplant Infectious Diseases: The Expert Showdown  | 11:30–13:00

    Jay Fishman, United States

    Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease and Transplant Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston

    Use of HCV Positive Donors - CON

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    Paolo Grossi, Italy

    Director Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Surgical and Morphological Sciences, University of Insubria

    Use of Donors with Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms - CON


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    Elmi Muller, South Africa

    Head, Division of General, Surgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    HIV Transplantation


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  • Addressing the Threat of Infections Post-Transplant  | 14:00–16:00

    Diana Florescu, United States

    Associate Professor, Transplant Infectious Diseases Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Diarrhea in Transplantation

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  • Cows and Zebras: Challenging Cases in Transplantation  | 16:30–17:30


Xenotransplantation - Advancing to the Clinic

The field of xenotransplantation has made significant progress over the last 5 years, with cell and organ graft survival in large animal models reaching almost 3 years. The aim of the workshop is to present the most recent advances and the outlook for the first clinical trials.
  • Session 1  | 09:00–11:00

    David KC Cooper, United States

    Professor of Surgery, Co-Director, Xenotransplantation Program, Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine

    Survival of Pig Organs in Non-human Primates: An Update

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    Akira Shimizu, Japan

    Professor, Department of Analytic Human Pathology, Nippon Medical School

    Pathology of Acute and Subacute/Chronic Xenograft Rejection

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    Manuel A. Pascual, Switzerland

    Professor, Chief of Service, Transplantation Center, CHUV

    Treatment of Acute Humoral Rejection: Lessons Learned from Allotransplantation

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    Linda Scobie, United Kingdom

    Professor, Reader in Clinical Virology, Glasgow Caledonian University

    Is PERV a Real Risk, and Should It Be Eliminated?

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  • Session 2  | 11:30–13:00

    Eckhart Wolf, Germany

    Head of Department, Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology, Gene Center, LMU Munich

    Production of Genetically-engineered Pigs Using New Tools

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    Leo Bühler, Switzerland

    Department of Surgery Division of Visceral Surgery, Hôpital Universitaire Geneva

    Xenotransplantation of Hepatocytes, An Alternative to Liver Transplantation for Acute Liver Failure?

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    Shaoping Deng, People's Republic of China

    President, Director, Department of Organ Transplantation, Sichuan Academy of Medical Science & Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital

    China and Xenotransplantation: An Update


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Transplantation Nursing 101

This one-day symposium is designed for nurses, transplant coordinators, and members of allied health groups to become familiar with and update their knowledge about the principles of organ transplantation. Topics include transplant immunology, different aspects and new developments on heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, and intestinal transplantation, infectious disease, and comprehensive care of transplant patients.
  • Solid Organ Transplant Immunology  | 09:00–09:50

    Caner Süsal, Germany

    Prof. Dr. Med., Transplantation Immunology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg

    Basic Immunology Core

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  • Intestinal Transplantation  | 09:50–10:20

    Gabriel E. Gondolesi, Argentina

    Chief of General Surgery, Chief of Liver, Intestine and Pancreas Trasplant, Hosptial Universitario Fundacion Favaloro

    Intestinal Transplant Core and Patient Care

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  • Heart and Lung Transplantation  | 10:20–11:00

  • Kidney and Pancreas  | 11:30–12:30

    Peter G. Stock, United States

    Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    Specific Issues in Kidney/Pancreas Transplant

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  • Infectious Disease in Solid Organ Transplantation  | 12:30–13:00

  • Liver Transplantation  | 14:00–15:00

    Annmarie Huysman Liapakis, United States

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases) and Surgery (Transplant), Digestive Diseases, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

    Medical

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    Sukru Emre, United States

    Professor of Surgery (Transplant) and Pediatrics, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

    Surgical

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  • Comprehensive Care of the Transplant Patient  | 15:30–17:30

    Joyce Trompeta, United States

    Assistant Professor, Surgery, University of California San Francisc

    Psychological Considerations, Special Population, Role of Transplant Coordinators and Social Workers and Multidisciplinary Communications

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Declaration of Istanbul 10 Year Celebration

This workshop will comprise a half-day morning program addressing common ethical and clinical dilemmas in the management of organ donation and transplantation cases that may involve organ trafficking, and a half-day afternoon program exploring the update to the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism in the context of persisting and emerging issues in this field.
  • Welcome and Overview of Organ Trafficking  | 09:00–09:10

    Elmi Muller, South Africa

    Head, Division of General, Surgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    Dominique Martin, Australia

    Senior Lecturer, Health Ethics and Professionalism, Deakin University School of Medicine, Geelong, Victoria
  • Evaluating Prospective Living Donors and Transplant Recipients  | 09:10–10:30

    Case Presentations: Learnings from suspected cases of attempted organ trafficking involving resident patients

    Elmi Muller, South Africa

    Head, Division of General, Surgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    South Africa

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    Sanjay S. Nagral, India

    Director, Dept of Surgical Gastroenterology, Jaslok Hospital & Research Centre, Mumbai

    Ian D. Dittmer, New Zealand

    Clinical Director, Department of Renal Medicine, Auckland City Hospital

    New Zealand

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    Case Presentations: Learnings from suspected cases of attempted organ trafficking involving non-resident patients

    Beatriz Dominguez-Gil, Spain

    Medical Officer, Medical Department, Organización Nacional de Trasplantes

    Spain

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  • Suggested Strategies for Preventing and Managing Organ Trafficking in the Clinical Setting  | 10:30–11:00

    Dominique Martin, Australia

    Senior Lecturer, Health Ethics and Professionalism, Deakin University School of Medicine, Geelong, Victoria

    Psychosocial Evaluation - Getting the Essential Elements Right and Tailoring to the Local Environment

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    Mona Al-Rukhaimi, United Arab Emirates

    Professor of Medicine, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Dubai Medical College

    Communicating Concerns with Other Transplant Programs While Respecting Patients' Rights to Privacy and Confidentiality

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  • Managing Patients Who Return after Transplantation Abroad that May Have Involved Organ Trafficking  | 11:30–13:00

    Jacob Lavee, Israel

    Director, Heart Transplantation Unit, Department of Cardiac Surgery, Sheba Medical Center

    Potential Indicators of Organ Trafficking

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    Gabriel Danovitch, United States

    Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    Clinical Issues in Management-Medical

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    Alexander M. Capron, United States

    USC University Professor, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics; Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine; Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    Ethical Issues in Management

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    Marta López-Fraga, France

    Scientific Officer, Department of Biological Standardisation, OMCL Network & HealthCare (DBO) European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM); Council of Europe

    Building Systems to Support Management

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  • Welcome and Introduction to the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group  | 14:00–16:00

    Beatriz Dominguez-Gil, Spain

    Medical Officer, Medical Department, Organización Nacional de Trasplantes

    The Declaration of Istanbul and DICG in Action - Achievements and Impact

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    Dominique Martin, Australia

    Senior Lecturer, Health Ethics and Professionalism, Deakin University School of Medicine, Geelong, Victoria

    Updating the Declaration- A Review of the Public Consultation

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    Alexander M. Capron, United States

    USC University Professor, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics; Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine; Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    Introducing the 2018 Edition of the Declaration of Istanbul

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    Nancy Ascher, United States

    Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

    Implications of the Update Internationally: The Transplantation Society

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    David Harris, Australia

    Professor of Medicine, Department of Renal Medicine, Westmead Hospital, University of Sydney

    Implications of the Update Internationally: International Society of Nephrology

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  • Implications of the Update at the Regional Level  | 16:30–17:30

    Philip J. O'Connell, Australia

    Director of Transplantation, Renal Unit, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital

    Oceania

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    Elmi Muller, South Africa

    Head, Division of General, Surgery, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    Africa

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    Axel Rahmel, Germany

    Medical Director Deutsche Stiftung Organtransplantation

    Europe

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    Mona Al-Rukhaimi, United Arab Emirates

    Professor of Medicine, Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Dubai Medical College

    Middle-East

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    Gabriel Danovitch, United States

    Medical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

    North America

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Key Issues in Paediatric Solid Organ Transplantation

This workshop is aimed at the pediatric transplant community and concentrates on the latest developments in the field of pediatric transplant clinical and basic science topics as well as important complications including adherence, tumor risk and metabolic syndrome.
  • Cutting Edge Developments in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation  | 14:00–15:00

    Burkhard Tonshoff, Switzerland

    Professor of Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology; Medical Director, Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Program, University Children’s Hospital Heidelberg

    Review of Key Paediatric Clinical Transplant Papers in the Last 2 Years

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    Stephen Alexander, Australia

    Professor, Paediatrics, University of Sydney

    Review of Key Basic Science Papers/Developments in the Last 2 Years

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  • Endocrine and Metabolic Challenges Following Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation  | 15:15–16:00

    Mignon McCulloch, South Africa

    Associate Professor, Paediatric Nephrologist/Intensivist, Nephrology/PICU Red Cross Children's Hospital

    Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, PTDM Following Transplant in Childhood

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  • Challenges to Long Term Survival Following Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation  | 16:15–17:30

    Anne I. Dipchand, Canada

    Section Head, Heart Transplant Program; Cardiac Transplant Program, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

    Adherence Intervention Trials

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    George Mazariegos, United States

    Chief, Pediatric Transplantation, Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

    Tumor Risk Following Solid Organ Transplantation in Childhood

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Important Dates

  • Abstract submission is closed
  • December 8, 2017
    Awards Application Deadline
  • February 15, 2018
    Communication to submitter on approved / rejected abstracts
  • March 1, 2018
    Deadline for presenter registration (early-bird deadline)

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