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NYP/Weill Cornell physician-scientists present at 2009 American Transplant Congress in Boston
Date:5/29/2009

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center physician-scientists are presenting exciting new research at the 2009 American Transplant Congress in Boston from May 30 to June 3.

Dr. Sandip Kapur, chief of transplant surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplant programs at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Dr. Manikkam Suthanthiran, chairman of the Department of Transplantation Medicine and chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, are both available for comment on the following studies and on other news from the conference.

Alterations in MicroRNA Predict Rejection and May Be Novel Treatment Target
[1016] Poster Session: Basic Mechanisms of Acute Rejection I
Sunday, May 31, 5:30 p.m.; Exhibit Hall C
Authors: Dany Anglicheau, Vijay Sharma, Ruchuang Ding, Aurlie Hummel, Catherine Snopkowski, Darshana Dadhania, Surya Seshan, Manikkam Suthanthiran

The authors have identified differences in the expression of microRNAs between patients who experienced kidney rejection and those with successful long-term transplants. MicroRNAs are a newly discovered group of genes that control a wide variety of biological process. The researchers found that rejection can be predicted with a greater than 95 percent accuracy by screening for the changes in expression of very few microRNAs. In addition to serving as a novel diagnostic test, microRNA profiles may predict the development of transplant rejection and response to anti-rejection treatment. Moreover, the researchers hope to develop safe and personalized treatment using microRNA profiles to guide therapy.

From Concept to Reality: Increasing Transplantation Through Donor Chains
[319] Concurrent Session 45: Kidney Living Donor Paired Exchange/Donor Chains
Monday, June 1, 4:12 p.m.; Room 302/304
Authors: David Leeser, Meredith
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Contact: Andrew Klein
ank2017@med.cornell.edu
212-821-0560
New York- Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College
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