AST 'Emergence to Convergence' Highlights the Latest High-Risk Organ Donor and Recipient Issues

Thursday, November 29, 2007 General News J E 4
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 28 Organ transplantation isincreasingly being offered to patients with multiple co-morbidities and tothose at high risk for immune injury. In addition, the ongoing donor shortagehas prompted the increasing use of donors with characteristics that increasethe risk of allograft failure. On March 13-16, 2008, the American Society ofTransplantation (AST) will host its 12th Annual Winter Symposium in PalmSprings, Calif. The meeting will focus on the key issues facing high-riskrecipients and the issues related to using high-risk donors. Of particularimportance are the sessions surrounding the consensus approaches to managingwaiting lists, organ allocation, immunological desensitization, viralinfection, protocol biopsies, malignancy and age-specific immunosuppression.Delivered by outstanding speakers, this excellent scientific program will behosted in one of the nation's most luxurious vacation destinations, RanchosLas Palmas Resort & Spa.

The Program

As the nation deals with recent news of four organ recipients beinginfected with HIV and hepatitis by a high-risk donor, Emily Blumberg MD, willaddress disclosure and testing issues during the Winter Symposium.

The AST 2008 Winter Symposium will put participants in touch withinnovative research and development on a broad range of topics. The agendawill appeal to transplant professionals in a wide array of specialties withtopics such as: Trials, Tribulations and Real Issues of Managing Wait Lists,Managing the Pediatric Recipient, Desensitization-The Latest, New Methods toMonitor Immunity, Managing the High-Risk Donor, Risks and Ethics inTransplantation and so much more! The scientific program will consolidate thetransplant community's experience and outline future challenges to managementconsensus.

The Symposium has been designed to provide attendees consolidatedknowledge and skills to understand current outcomes in solid organtransplantation relative to prior decades, to understand proposed newallocation rules in the United States, to recognize the ethical issues oftransplantation in the current decade, and to formulate strategies to managewaiting lists, high-risk recipients and outcomes using high-risk donors.

New in 2008

In 2008, AST is proud to announce the inclusion of "Poster Pods."Attendees who participate in the abstract session of the Winter Symposium willbe part of the newly added Poster Pods, which is a moderated poster sessionwith audience and author interaction.


AST is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing MedicalEducation to provide continuing medical education for physicians and offersAMA PRA category 1 credits. Continuing education units for nurses andtransplant coordinators are also available for this program.

To register or to receive more information, go to

Contact: Beth Drost at 215.884.6499

SOURCE Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education


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