Meeting at a Glance

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All sessions will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

In-Depth Symposia

  • Comprehensive Management in Multi-Organ Transplantation: It Takes a Village
  • Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • Don’t Throw Them in the Bucket!!! Tricks of the Trade to Optimize Every Thoracic Donor Offer
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Transplantation:The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future
  • Role of Minimal Invasive Surgery in Transplantation
  • Creating a Perfect Match: The Mentor-Mentee Relationship
  • ABCs of Transplant for the APPs
  • Living Donor Selection Where to Draw the Line

5:30 pm

Congress Begins

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm  

Opening Reception with Exhibits
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm   

Poster Session A in Exhibit Hall - Presenters in Attendance
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

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Sunday, May 31, 2020 

7:00 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:15 am

7 AM Jump Starts

  • Non-HLA Antibodies and Graft Rejection
  • New Molecular Mechanisms of Immune Tolerance
  • The Infection Rejection Connection in Solid Organ Transplantation
  • When is Multivisceral Tansplant Indicated and When Can it be Avoided
  • What is this Spot on my…….? What Every Transplant Physician Should Know about Treating Skin Problems in Pediatric Transplant Patients
  • Food, Travel, and Leisure
  • Incorporating New Data into Selection of Living Kidney Donors: Minor Modifications or Fundamental Changes?
  • Predicting the Future: Temporary or Durable MCS as Bridge to Transplantation
  • Meet the Experts: Advanced Practice Providers in Research and Scholarly Projects
  • ​Technical Versus Oncologic Approaches to Resectability
  • Liver Transplantation for Inborn Errors of Metabolism: When is the Risk Worth the Benefit?
  • Above and Below the Diaphragm: Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Liver Transplantation 
  • US Organ Allocation - An Update
  • The New Age Transplantation Professional 
  • Navigating the Regulatory Flux: Threats and Opportunities of Recent Developments
  • TCMR After Kidney Transplantation in 2020: Are we Moving Forward?
  • Novel Developments in Living Kidney Donation: Global and International Kidney Exchange
8:15 am – 8:30 am   

Break

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Plenary Session I

9:30 am – 9:45 am   

Joint Award Session

9:45 am – 10:00 am

AST Awards

10:00 am – 10:15 am

AST Lifetime Achievement Award

10:15 am – 10:30 am

ASTS Research Grants

10:30 am – 10:45 am

ASTS Pioneer Award

10:30 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Access with Companies in Attendance
Poster Session B Viewing
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2
10:45 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall 
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

11:15 am – 12:45 pm  

IMPACT Sessions

  • Innate Immune Cells and Allograft Rejection
  • Location, Location, Location: Tissue Resident Cells and Transplantation
  • Tertiary Lymphoid Organs: Markers for Tolerance and Inflammation
  • Surgical Nuances in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
  • Herpes Just Keeps Coming Back: How to Manage Difficult Herpes Virus Infections
  • Report from the Organ Transplant Caregiver Initiative: Moving Clinical Care and Research Forward
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Precision Medicine in Heart Transplantation: Is it Time?
  • Taking a Step Further: Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion: (EVLP): The Clinical, Therapeutic and Scientific Opportunities
  • Fireside Chat: The Evolving Role of Transplant Advance Practice Providers
  • Mandatory Splitting of an Adult Liver Offer: Help a Child – Disadvantage an Adult?
  • Beyond Survival: When MELD isn’t Enough
  • Improving Outcomes in end-organ Failure and access to Transplantation using Project ECHO? - Moving Knowledge, not People!
  • Impact of Deceased Donor AKI on Kidney Transplantation
  • Should we Abolish Cardiac Screening for Asymptomatic Kidney Transplant Candidates?
  • The Great Anticoagulation Debate
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Concessions for Purchase in Exhibit Hall A
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm  

Break

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Proposed Sponsored Satellite Symposia 

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm 

Lunch & Learn Workshops - Limited Attendance 
(Additional Fee, Ticketed Events)

  • Banff Criteria for the Diagnosis of Rejection in Intestine Transplant – Are We Ready for Prime Time?
  • Controversies and Updates in Management of Hepatitis B Virus in Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Expanding your Pancreas Transfer Program
  • Evaluating the Young Adult Kidney Donor
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Expert VIP Meet-Ups - Limited Attendance 
(Additional Fee, Ticketed Events)

  • Small For Size Syndrome (SFSS) in Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT) - From Pathogenesis to Outcomes
  • Combined Lung and Liver Transplantation- When and How?  
  • Complex Thoracic Desensitization cases: What makes Sense?
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm  

Focus in Transplantation: Basic - New Roles of Secondary Immune Organs in Rejection

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exhibit Hall and Poster Session B Viewing Closed*
*Exhibit Meeting Room Appointments Available for Entrance in Exhibit Hall During This Time
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm   

Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm  

 Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Kidney Acute Antibody Mediated Rejection
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Allocation I
  • Kidney Paired Exchange
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: Induction Therapy
  • Antimicrobial & Diagnotics Stewardship
  • Deceased Donor Management and Intervention Research
  • Livery: Portal Hypertension and Other Complications of Cirrhosis
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplant Potpourri
  • Liver: MELD, Allocation and Donor Issues (DCD/ECD) I
  • Surgical Issues
  • Heart Transplantation Antibody & More
  • From Bench to Community to Bedside in Lung Transplantation
  • Xenotransplantation
  • Histocompatibility & Immunogentics 
  • Biomarkers, Immune Assessment and Clinical Outcomes I
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

Student Program

3:30 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall with Companies in Attendance
Poster Session B Viewing
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm   

Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Kidney Living Donor: Other I
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Selection I
  • Kidney: Cardiovascular and Metabolic Complications I
  • Kidney Pediatrics
  • Donor Derived Infections
  • Novel Immunosuppression: Belatacept
  • Liver: Immunosuppression and Rejection
  • Liver: Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Other Malignancies I
  • Quality Assurance Process Improvement & Regulatory Issues I
  • All Organs: Economics & Ethics
  • Heart Transplantation: It's All About the Outcomes
  • Living in the Real World: Decision Making and Outcomes after Lung Transplant
  • Biomarker Discovery & Immune Modulation
  • Basic: Acute Rejection
  • Basic: Ischemia Reperfusion & Organ Rehabilitation I
  • Biomarkers, Immune Assessment and Clinical Outcomes II
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm  

ASTS Town Hall & Reception
Grand Hall, Level 2

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Poster Session B in Exhibit Hall A - Presenters in Attendance
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

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Monday, June 1, 2020

7:00 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:15 am  

7 AM Jump Starts

  • Memory Immune Responses in Transplantation
  • Adoptive Immunotherapy in Transplantation
  • ABO Incompatible Transplantation from Genetics to Transplantation
  • Recurrent Disease in Pediatric Transplantation
  • Is the Microbiome a Therapeutic Target in Transplantation?
  • Surgical Solutions to sex-based Disparities in Transplant access for Women
  • Transplant Program Financial Challenges
  • DCD Donors for Heart Transplantation - The Devil in the Details.
  • Challenges in Lung Tx Infections: Cases with the Experts
  • Evolution of Living Liver Donation in North America : 2020 and Beyond
  • The role of Exercise in Advanced Liver Disease
  • Overcoming Immunologic Barriers to Transplantation in Women
  • Broader Distribution of Pancreata Should Require Fewer Pancreas Transplant Programs
  • The Road Less Traveled: Experience with Unique Immunosuppression in Pediatric Transplantation
  • The Kidney in Liver Disease
  • How Low Can You Go? Assessing GFR in Living Kidney Donor Candidates
  • The Promise and Limitations of Artificial Intelligence Has a Role in Kidney Transplantation
8:15 am – 8:30 am

Break

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Plenary Session II

9:15 am – 9:45 am

ASTS Presidential Address

9:45 am – 10:15 am

AST Presidential Address

10:15 am – 10:45 am  
Paul I. Terasaki State-of-the-Art Lecture 

Immune Management of Transplant Recipient 

Allan D. Kirk, MD, PhD

David C. Sabiston, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
Vice Dean for Surgical Disciplines
Duke University School of Medicine

10:30 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall with Companies in Attendance
Poster Session C Viewing
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2
10:45 am – 11:15 am 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

IMPACT Sessions

  • Checkpoints for B cells and Antibody Production
  • Is Tolerance Required for the Clinical Translation of Xenotransplantation
  • Novel Therapies Against Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • Surgical Management Before and After Intestine Transplant – Timing is Everything
  • New Insights and Controversies in HLA Testing: Pro and Con Debate
  • Don't Give up HOPE: Evolving Standard Transplant Care for HIV Infected Patients
  • We said yes; Transplanting patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease: Time to focus on Aftercare
  • Controversies In Candidate Selection For Cardiothoracic Transplantation
  • Transplant Provider Development Symposium: Happiness at Work
  • Summary of the 2019 Consensus Conference Transplant Candidacy in Patients with Pre-existing Malignancy
  • Battling Portal Hypertension: To TIPS or not to TIPS?
  • Indications and Timing of Bariatric Surgery in Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation: Better Quality of Life and Survival
  • Shall I accept this Donor? Increasing Opportunities for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation through International Living Donation
  • Insights into ABO Incompatible Transplantation: Lessons learned & future Directions
  • Precision Medicine point of care and Individualization of Therapy in select Populations
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Concessions for Purchase in Exhibit Hall A
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Proposed Sponsored Satellite Symposia 
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Luncheon & Learn Workshops - Limited Attendance
(Additional Fee, Ticketed Events)

  • AJT - Looking Under the Hood of High Impact Research: From Idea to AJT Publication
  • FUN gal and guy in Transplantation
  • Implementing Successful Outreach and Telemedicine Programs in Transplantation: Breaking Down the Barriers
  • To Stent or not to Stent - That is the Ureteral Question
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Expert VIP Meet-Ups - Limited Attendance
(Additional Fee, Ticketed Events)

  • When Does the Recipient Cross the Line?
  • Pediatric Re Transplantation of the Liver: Surgical Technique and how to optimize Outcomes
  • Acute and Chronic Antibody-Mediated Rejection of the Lung Allograft: Case based discussion with Experts
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Focus in Transplantation: Translational - The Microbiome and its Influence on Clinical Outcomes
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exhibit Hall and Poster Session C Viewing Closed*
*Exhibit Meeting Room Appointments Available for Entrance in Exhibit Hall During This Time
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Kidney Chronic Antibody Mediated Rejection
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Allocation II 
  • Kidney Living Donor: Selection
  • Kidney Infections Excluding Polyoma & Viral Hepatitis
  • All Organs Viral Hepatitis
  • Novel Tools to Assess Immunosuppressive Efficacy
  • Kidney Issues in Liver Transplantation
  • Liver: Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Other Malignancies II
  • Psychosocial and Treatment Adherence
  • All Organs: Disparities to Outcome and Access to Healthcare I
  • Heart Transplantation: Allocation, Allocation, Allocation
  • Intestinal Transplantation
  • Immunosuppression Pre-Clinical Studies
  • Endothelial Cell Biology
  • Biomarkers, Immune Assessment and Clinical Outcomes III
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall with Companies in Attendance
Poster Session C Viewing
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Kidney Complications: Non-Immune Mediated Late Graft Failure
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Selection II
  • Kidney: Cardiovascular and Metabolic Complications II
  • Kidney Living Donor: Long Term Outcomes
  • CMV & Herpes Viruses
  • Immunosuppressive Drug Minimization
  • Liver Retransplantation and Other Complications
  • Liver: Living Donors and Partial Grafts I
  • Quality Assurance Process Improvement & Regulatory Issues II
  • PTLD/Malignancies
  • Lung: Let's Start at the Beginning: Pre-Transplant Decision Making & Access to Lung Donors
  • Pancreas and Islet: All Topics 1
  • Islet / Cell Transplantation
  • Antigen Presentation/Allorecognition/Dendritic Cells
  • Ischemia Reperfusion & Organ Rehabilitation II
  • Biomarkers Immune Assessment & Clinical Outcomes - IV
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm  

AST Town Hall & Reception
Grand Hall, Level 2

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm    

Poster Session C in Exhibit Hall A - Presenters in Attendance
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

7:00 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:15 am   

7 AM Jump Starts

  • Host and Epstein-Barr Virus Genomics in Post-transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorders
  • Transplant-within-Transplant to Enable Regeneration
  • Intestine Transplant: Strategies to Manage Disease Recurrence and Failure to Thrive
  • Vaccinating the Unvaccinated Prior to Transplant: Challenges and Opportunities
  • When is a Combined Organ Transplant an Appropriate use of Organs in the Pediatric Recipient?
  • Population Health Improves Transplant Outcomes
  • Now or Later? Timing Pregnancy and Transplantation
  • Opioids, Chronic Pain, and Addiction in Transplant Recipients
  • Palliative Care & Solid Organ Transplantation: A Spectrum of Care
  • The Role of the US Federal Government in Solid Organ Transplantation
  • What's going on in the Controlled DCD Liver Transplantation Game
  • Bad Heart, Good Liver, and Vice Versa
  • Regulatory Endorsement of drug Development tools for Transplantation in the Precompetitive Space
  • Novel Strategies to Modulate Innate and Adaptive Immunity 
  • How best to Optimize Deceased Donor Kidneys for Organ Transplantation in 2020? 
  • Blood Pressure Screening and Associated Outcomes in Living Kidney Donors
  • Using Big Data to Personalize and Improve Transplant Outcomes
8:15 am – 8:30 am   

Break

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Plenary Session III

9:15 am – 9:45 am

State-of-the-Art Lecture

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 10:45 am   

Controversies in Transplantation - Translational: Chronic Allograft Dysfunction: Is Antibody really at the Heart of the Problem? 

10:00 am – 10:45 am  

Controversies in Transplantation - Clinical: Addressing the Organ Shortage - Answers from Home and Abroad.

10:30 am - 2:00 pm Exhibit Hall Access with Companies in Attendance
Poster Session D Viewing
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2
10:45 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall A

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

IMPACT Sessions

  • Fc Region: The Business End of Antibody Regulation
  • Nanotherapeutics in Organ Transplantation: How Close are We?
  • New Strategies for Organ Preservation - The Organ that Came in from the Cold
  • Walking in the Tightrope: Malignancies after Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Optimizing Use of HCV-Infected Organs - The Implementation Phase: When to Treat and Why?
  • Emerging Hot Topics in Pregnancy and Transplant
  • Liver Transplantation (LT) for Alcoholic Hepatitis: Results from Dallas consensus conference
  • Weighing in on Bariatric surgery and liver transplantation
  • The key to fixing the disparity in Liver Transplant access: Have we found it Yet?
  • Organ Perfusion and Preservation Heats Up.
  • The Multidisciplinary Approach to Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Auto Transplantation Patient Care
  • VCA - Is There a Way Forward to Standard of Care?
  • To Band or not to Band? AVF Access Ligation after Kidney Transplantation
  • KDPI: Time for a New Look?
  • Role of Genetic Testing in Potential Living Donor Candidates
  • Innovative and Effective Tools to Reduce Hospital Readmissions Post-Transplant from the Viewpoint of a Transplant Physician, Pharmacist, and Advanced Practice Provider
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Concessions for Purchase in Exhibit Hall A
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Proposed Sponsored Satellite Symposia 
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm  

Luncheon & Learn Workshops - Limited Attendance
(Additional Fee, Ticketed Events)

  • Uterus Transplantation - Meet the New Kid on the Block
  • Newer Methodologies to Improve the Clinical Outcome after Islet Cell Auto-transplantation
  • Risk Prediction in low-MELD Patients - What is the best Personalized Therapeutic Approach?
  • Using Motivational Interviewing to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Adherence
  • Enhancing Living Kidney Donation

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm  

Expert VIP Meet-Ups - Limited Attendance
(Additional Fee, Ticketed Events)

  • Donor to Recipient transmission of Malignancy: Management Strategies 
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Exhibit Hall and Poster Session D Viewing Closed*
*Exhibit Meeting Room Appointments Available for Entrance in Exhibit Hall During This Time
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm    

Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm  

Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Kidney Complications: Immune Mediated Late Graft Failure
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Selection III
  • Acute Cellular Rejection
  • Tolerance
  • Kidney Polyoma
  • PTLD & Malignancies
  • Vascularized Composite Allograft
  • Liver: Recipient Selection
  • Liver: Living Donors and Partial Grafts II
  • All Organs: Public Policy & Allocation
  • All Organs: Disparities to Outcome and Access to Healthcare II
  • Pancreas and Islet: All Topics II
  • Cellular Therapies, Tissue Engineering / Regenerative Medicine
  • B-cell/ Antibody/Autoimmunity
  • Ischemia Reperfusion & Organ Rehabilitation III
  • Biomarkers, Immune Assessment and Clinical Outcomes V
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Featured Symposium
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall with Companies in Attendance
Poster Session D Viewing 
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm 

Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Kidney Living Donor: Other II
  • Kidney Technical
  • Kidney Psychosocial
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: Desensitization
  • Infection Potpourri
  • Liver: Pediatrics
  • Liver: MELD, Allocation and Donor Issues (DCD/ECD) II
  • All Organs: Pharmacogenomics / Pharmacokinetics
  • All Organs: Organ Preservation/Ischemia Reperfusion Injury
  • Lymphocyte Biology: Signaling, Co-stimulation, Regulation
  • Innate Immunity, Chemokines, Cytokines, Complement
  • Tolerance / Immune Deviation
  • Biomarkers, Immune Assessment and Clinical Outcomes VI
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Poster Session D in Exhibit Hall - Presenters in Attendance
Exhibit Hall A, Level 2

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

7:00 am - 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
7:00 am – 8:15 am 

7 AM Jump Starts  

  • Integrated Molecular Approach to Chronic Allograft Injury 
  • Novel Imaging Techniques for Allorejection
  • Biomarkers of Immune Status after Pediatric Kidney Transplantation - the Yin/Yang of Rejection versus Infection
  • Infected Donor and Recipient: When is it Safe to Transplant
  • Reaching for the Elusive Brass Ring: Challenges faced by Donor and Recipient Minorities when Accessing Transplant
  • Herding HCC into the Transplant Corral
  • The Spectrum of Alloimmunity in Liver Transplantation
  • Doctors, patients, lawyers, and legislators:  Who decides for whom?
  • From Cause to Care Plan: Assessment and Management of Post-Transplant Delirium
  • VCA - How to Select your Patient
  • Work Smarter Not Harder
  • What's New in the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Candidates for Kidney Transplantation?
  • APOL1 and Living Donation: Donors and Recipients
8:15 am – 8:30 am

Break

8:30 am – 10:00 am   

Plenary Session IV

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:00 am

ATC's People's Choice Award Session
Audience Voting on Most IMPACTFUL Plenary Abstracts

11:00 am - 12:00 pm What's Hot; What's New

Highlights of ATC 2020 Oral and Poster Abstracts