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Timely Topics in Transplantation

Timely Topics in Transplantation webinars are the perfect opportunity to listen to a live presentation on a current issue and ask questions directly to the presenter. All webinars are available on demand after the live air date. 

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Diagnostic Stewardship in Solid Organ Transplantation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

Speakers:
Angela Caliendo, MD, PhD • Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
Kimberly Hanson, MD, MHS • Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

Moderator:
Deepali Kumar, MD, FRCPC, MSc • Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Objectives for the "Diagnostic Stewardship in Solid Organ Transplantation" webinar includes discussion of:

  1. Pulmonary infections (PCP PCR vs DFA vs both; GM vs asp PCR or fungal panel PCR, metagenomic sequencing, and host response).
  2. Transplant viruses (CMV, BK, adeno).
  3. Respiratory and GI panels.
  4. Detecting pathogens through sequencing of microbial cell-free DNA.

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AST would like to thank the Infectious Disease Community of Practice (IDCOP) and the Transplant Diagnostics Community of Practice (TxDx COP) for recommending diagnostic stewardship in infectious diseases as a topic for the 2019-2020 T3 series. Learn more about AST's COPs at www.myast.org/cops.

Advanced Technology in Transplant Care

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

Speakers:
Marina Serper, MD, MS • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
David Taber, PharmD, MS, BCPS • Professor, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC

Moderator:
Linda Ohler, MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN • Associate Director, Quality, Regulatory and Education, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

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AST would like to thank the Transplant Administration and Quality Management Community of Practice (TxAQM COP) for recommending "advanced technology in transplant care" as a topic for the 2019-2020 T3 series. Learn more about AST's COPs at www.myast.org/cops.

Archived Webinars

Breaking News in Federal Policy in Organ Transplantation

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Speakers:
Richard Formica, MD • Professor of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT
William Applegate • AST Director of Government Relations; Senior Policy Advisor, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, St. Louis, MO & Washington D.C.

Moderator:
Beau Kelly, MD, MBA, FACS, FAST • Surgical Director, DCI Donor Services, Inc., Sacramento, CA

Objectives for the "Breaking News in Federal Policy in Organ Transplantation" webinar include:

  1. Summarizing current landscape for proposed legislation that impacts OPO performance, organ allocation, and organ transplantation.
  2. Reviewing the possible implications of the recent Executive Order on Improving Kidney Care.
  3. Exploring critical information to developing strategy and a path forward for an AST position statement.
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This topic was developed by the AST Education Committee in response to recent policy and legislation activity related to the "Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health," the "Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019" (the "Immuno Bill"), and other topics that are important to the field of transplantation.

Transplanting Individuals with Alcohol-related Hepatitis: Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Management

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Speakers:
Robert Brown, MD, MPH • Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Akhil Shenoy, MD, MPH • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, New York, NY

Moderator:
Michael Curry, MD • Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Objectives for the "Transplanting Individuals with Alcohol-related Hepatitis: Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Management" webinar include enabling the attendee to:

  1. Appreciate the changing landscape of liver transplantation for patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcohol related liver disease (ALD).
  2. Describe the diagnosis of AUD and distinguish the various treatments of AUD and how they work.
  3. Recognize the key management aspects of and role of transplant evaluation in alcohol-related hepatitis from a medical and psychosocial perspective.
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AST would like to thank the Psychosocial and Ethics Community of Practice (PSECOP) for recommending "transplanting individuals with alcoholic hepatitis" as a topic for the 2019-2020 T3 series. Learn more about AST's COPs at www.myast.org/cops.

Sexual Health and Monitoring Recommendations for Transplant Recipients

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

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Supplemental material on how to address vaccine hesitancy in the transplant population:
"Reducing the Underimmunization of Transplant Recipients" (Published Online: December 4, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3990)

Supplemental information on Plan B, as discussed during the question and answer portion of the webinar:
The Plan B pill is safe for transplant recipients to take (Krajewski C, Sucato G. Reproductive health care after transplantation. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2014 Nov;28(8):1222-34.). Visit the CDC website for more information on classifications for emergency contraception and solid organ transplant.

Speakers:
Lisa Coscia, RN, BSN, CCTC • Research Coordinator, Transplant Pregnancy Registry, Philadelphia, PA
Monica Ardura, DO, MSCS • Medical Director of the Host Defense Program, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH

Moderator:
Melissa Meyers, MD, MSCE • Locum Tenens Pediatric Nephrologist, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Objectives for the "Sexual Health and Monitoring Recommendations for Transplant Recipients" webinar include:

  1. Reviewing the safety and efficacy of hormonal contraceptive options in pediatric and young adult transplant recipients.
  2. Summarizing sexually transmitted infection screening, treatment, and management for pediatric and young adult solid organ transplant recipients.
  3. Discussing strategies to expand sexual health education for pediatric and young adult solid organ transplant recipients.
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AST would like to thank the Pediatric Community of Practice (PCOP), in conjunction with the Infectious Disease Community of Practice (IDCOP) and Women's Health Community of Practice (WHCOP), for recommending "sexual health and monitoring recommendations for transplant recipients" as a topic for the 2019-2020 T3 series. Learn more about AST's COPs at www.myast.org/cops.

 

Non-invasive Biomarkers for Allograft Rejection

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

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Q&A Handout: Covering speaker responses to questions not addressed during the live session.

Speakers:
Barbara Murphy, MD, MB, BAO, BCh, FRCPI • Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Peter Nickerson, BSc (Med), MD, FRCPC, FCAHS • Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology, University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine, Winnipeg, MB

Moderator:
Peter Heeger, MD • Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

Objectives for the "Non-invasive Biomarkers for Allograft Rejection" webinar include:

  1. Discussing the role of Pre-Transplant HLA Molecular Mismatch as a Prognostic Biomarker of Primary Alloimmunity.
  2. Discussing the role of Pre-Transplant HLA Molecular Mismatch as a Predictive Biomarker of CNI-based therapy requirements to control Primary Alloimmunity.
  3. Discussing the impact of subclinical rejection on longterm survival and the need for non-invasive markers of allograft rejection.
  4. Discussing the role of peripheral gene expression for the detection of subclinical rejection.
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AST would like to thank the Community of Transplant Scientists (COTS) and the Transplant Diagnostics Community of Practice (TxDx COP) for recommending biomarkers for allograft rejection as a topic for the 2019-2020 T3 series. Learn more about AST's COPs at www.myast.org/cops.

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