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About the Conference
This conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear UT Southwestern Medical Center transplant experts present a comprehensive review and update on recent advances in solid organ and blood/marrow transplantation.
As new treatment protocols are emerging, transplantation is becoming a more acceptable treatment modality for end-stage organ failure. Conference participants will learn about the latest indications for solid organ transplant; the use of ventricular assist devices as a bridge to transplant and as destination therapy; advances in ex vivo lung perfusion; achieving optimal outcomes in liver transplant; and strategies to increase the organ donor pool. In addition, the different types of blood/marrow transplants will be presented, along with the importance of timely referral for transplant; a review of remission and relapse rates; and psychosocial issues in transplant recipients. Posttransplant care will also be discussed, including immunosuppression, management of graft rejection, infection, malignancies, noncompliance, psychosocial issues and comorbid conditions.
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Who Should Attend*
This conference is intended for health care professionals that are responsible for the care of patients or the management of their benefits, and have an interest in end-stage organ failure, blood/marrow transplantation and/or solid organ transplantation. The conference content is designed to educate nurses, case managers, medical directors, community/referring physicians, coordinators, administrators, pharmacists, social workers, and other members of the health care team who are interested in improving their clinical practice or patient management during the different phases of transplantation.
* Refer to the Continuing Education page for a listing of certifications that have been applied for and/or approved for this conference.
Conference Educational Objectives
- Relate emerging trends in advanced heart failure, focusing on neuromuscular cardiomyopathies; adults with congenital heart disease; left-ventricular-assist devices and cardiac transplantation.
- Review advances in blood/marrow transplantation, including psychosocial barriers, noncompliance-related behaviors and management strategies for long-term survivors.
- Outline the evaluation, candidate selection, and allocation process for liver transplantation, as well as recognize the challenges of care for patients with cirrhosis and hepatic decompensation.
- Examine the changing role of liver transplantation for hepatitis C virus with the evolution of new therapeutic options.
- Discuss treatment options for patients with end-stage lung disease, to include lung transplantation, as well as the role of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and ex vivo lung perfusion.
- Explain the impact of living and marginal donors within the donor pool for solid organ transplantation.