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

2008 American Society of Transplantation Winter Symposium Kicks Off March


PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Organ transplantation is increasingly being offered to patients with multiple co-morbidities and to those at high risk for immune injury. In addition, the ongoing donor shortage has prompted the increasing use of donors with characteristics that increase the risk of allograft failure. On March 13-16, 2008, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) will host its 12th Annual Winter Symposium in Palm Springs, Calif. The meeting will focus on the key issues facing high-risk recipients and the issues related to using high-risk donors. Of particular importance are the sessions surrounding the consensus approaches to managing waiting lists, organ allocation, immunological desensitization, viral infection, protocol biopsies, malignancy and age-specific immunosuppression. Delivered by outstanding speakers, this excellent scientific program will be hosted in one of the nation's most luxurious vacation destinations, Ranchos Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

The Program

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

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

The Symposium has been designed to provide attendees consolidated knowledge and skills to understand current outcomes in solid organ transplantation relative to prior decades, to understand proposed new allocation rules in the United States, to recognize the ethical issues of transplantation in the current decade, and to formulate strategies to manage waiting 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 will be part of the newly added Poster Pods, which is a moderated poster session with audience and author interaction.


AST is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians and offers AMA PRA category 1 credits. Continuing education units for nurses and transplant coordinators are also available for this program.

To register or to receive more information, go to

Contact: Beth Drost at 215.884.6499

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