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About This Conference

Northwestern University Affiliated Transplant Centers (NUATC) is the alliance of the pediatric programs at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the adult programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. NUATC is a national leader in patient care, education, and research in transplantation and delivers a continuum of outstanding care for patients of all ages, not only in providing transplant surgery, but also by providing comprehensive care for organ system diseases.

Join us as leaders from NUATC highlight developments that are proving vital to the care continuum in the management of adult and pediatric transplant and cancer patients.

During the conference, you will learn about efforts underway to expand the donor pool, including kidney paired donation and alternative donors in stem cell transplantation. New approaches in cancer treatments, emerging therapies in stem cell transplantation, and mechanical and surgical management of heart failure will also be explored. In addition, you will discover how these centers are integrating adult and pediatric care to achieve early identification of at-risk patients, optimal clinical outcomes, and a maximum quality of life for transplant patients and patients with cancer.

Targeted Audience

This conference is designed for health care professionals who care for patients and/or manage their health care benefits, as well as those who have an interest in solid organ transplantation—including kidney, pancreas, liver, and heart transplants—with added emphasis on management of unique complications associated with transplantation. In addition, the conference will address heart failure, stem cell transplantation, bone marrow transplantation, cancer treatment and islet cell transplantation.

Who Should Attend*

  • Case Managers
  • Managed Care Nurses and Professionals
  • Medical Directors
  • Medical Management Staff
  • Nurses/Oncology Nurses/Transplant Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Reinsurance Managers
  • Transplant Coordinators/Hematopoietic Transplant Coordinators
  • Utilization Review Staff
  • Other Health Care Professionals Committed to Managing and Improving Patient Care

* Refer to the Continuing Education page for a listing of certification that has been applied for and/or approved for this conference.

Conference Educational Objectives

Upon successful completion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe recent advances, emerging technologies, and clinical challenges in solid organ transplantation for pediatric and adult patients.
  • Identify the different types of alternative donors for adult and pediatric stem cell transplant patients, and discuss how physicians determine which transplant type is appropriate for specific diseases in order to achieve successful transplant outcomes.
  • Recognize the importance of kidney paired donation and the significant impact it has in facilitating live-donor kidney transplantation.
  • Name the available fertility-preservation options for cancer patients.
  • Describe the epidemiology and management of infections in solid organ transplant recipients.
  • Examine the complex clinical management options for patients with heart failure, including surgical approaches in adults and the use of ventricular assist devices in pediatrics.
  • Identify key diagnostic factors that might make the difference between choosing to utilize novel and/or standard treatment options for complex cancers like hepatocellular carcinoma and pediatric brain tumors.
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