AST podcasts and recordings


December 07, 2009

Dr. Eric Tichy, from the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center, interviews Dr. Nicole Weimert, Clinical Specialist in Solid Organ Transplantation Medical University of South Carolina and Assistant Professor at the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Dr. Weimert discusses the roles that clinical pharmacists play in transplantation. She focuses on the typical activities of a transplant pharmacist on the patient care team, discusses the education pharmacists provide to patients and staff and describes the impact pharmacists have had in the field of transplantation.

September 24, 2009

In this podcast, Dr. Marian Michaels, Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, discusses the novel H1N1 influenza virus and what it means to transplant patients and health care workers. She discusses the origin and epidemiology of this new virus and provides practical guidance on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of this virus as it pertains to transplant patients.

August 25, 2009

In this podcast, Dr. Joren Madsen, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Transplant Center and Section Chief in Cardiac Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and current President of the AST, describes the role of NK cells in both innate and adaptive immunity. He describes recent research delineating the role of NK cells in allograft rejection and tolerance, and speculates about targeting NK cells therapeutically.

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July 15, 2009

In this podcast, Dr. Nader Najafian, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, discusses the role of various T-regulatory cells in normal humans and after organ transplantation. He describes the influence of various immunosuppressive agents on the frequencies of T - regulatory cells and speculates on future strategies that might be used to expand and exploit the beneficial effects of these cells.

June 23, 2009

Dr. Nina Singh is the Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Chief of Transplant Infectious Diseases at the VA Medical Center. In this podcast, Dr. Singh discusses the epidemiology of fungal infections in transplant recipients and the need for antifungal prophylaxis especially after liver and lung transplant. She further discusses the advantages/disadvantages of various antifungal medications that can be used for prophylaxis and molecular testing for fungal infections.

May 20, 2009

In this podcast, Dr. Vikas Dharnidharka, Chair of the Executive Committee of the AST Pediatric Community of Practice, interviews Dr. William Harmon, Pediatric Nephrology Division Chief of Childrens Hospital, Boston. Dr. Harmon, a past president of the American Society of Transplantation, is also a leader in the science of transplanting kidneys to very young children. In this podcast, Harmon reviews why infants had poor results with kidney transplantation in the older era and the advances that have led to the current era, where infants now how have the best long-term results among all age groups that receive kidney transplants.

December 31, 2008

Dr. Emilio Poggio is the Associate Staff Member of the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension and the Director of the Renal Function Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. This podcast discusses the importance of accurately measuring GFR in potential donors and advice given to potential donors who inquire about changes in GFR post-donation.

November 10, 2008

Dr. Vikas Dharnidharka is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida and Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Shands Hospital. In this podcast, Dr. Dharnidharka discusses the influence of organ failure on growth and development, treatment strategies for maximizing growth in the presence of organ failure, and the effects of organ transplantation on growth and development. He further discusses the benefits and risks of treatment with growth hormone, and the potential benefits of steroid-free imunosuppression in pediatric transplantation.

October 30, 2008

Dr. Atul Humar, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta interviews Dr. Raymund Razonable expert in CMV infections and Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, regarding CMV infection in transplant recipients. The focus of this podcast is on prevention strategies for CMV. This includes a discussion on prophylaxis and pre-emptive strategies and how the two compare for preventing CMV disease. Practical guidance on disease prevention is discussed. 

September 19, 2008

In this podcast, Dr. Margaret Bia describes the incidence and causes of sexual dysfunction, including decreased libido in both genders and erectile dysfunction in men, after organ transplantation. She emphasizes the need for talking openly to patients about sexual issues and discusses her own approach to evaluation and treatment.


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