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Saturday, June 2, 2018

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Pre-Meeting Symposia (Additional Fee)

  • Transplant Center QAPI and Advanced Leadership: Navigating the Complex Regulatory Waters
  • The Art and Science of Transplantation: Assessment and Care of a Complex Patient Population (In Collaboration with NATCO & ITNS)
  • Advanced Immunology
  • Basic Science for the Clinician
  • The Immunology of Kidney Transplantation
  • Managing and Mitigating Transplant Infections
  • Reaching Across the Diaphragm: Dilemmas Posed by Combined Heart and Liver Disease (Case-Focused Discussions)
  • Immunobiology of ABMR – Bench to Bedside
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm  

Opening Reception with Exhibits

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm   

Poster Session A in Exhibit Hall

Sunday, June 3, 2018

7:00 am – 8:15 am

Sunrise Symposia: Interactive

  • Keep It Going!  Long-Term Success After Heart Transplantation
  • Pulmonary Vascular Complications of Liver Disease: Management and Outcomes Pre- and Post-Transplant
  • Virtual Transplant Diagnostic Testing
  • Multidisciplinary Transplant Trainee Hot Topic Debate

Sunrise Symposia: Didactic

  • VCA: Where are we now?               
  • Single vs. Dual Kidney Transplantation: 2 for 1 or 1 for 2?
  • Understanding and Optimizing Liver Transplantation Outcomes in the Obese Cirrhotic Patient              
  • Frontiers in CMV - Bench to Bedside           
  • Decision-Making for the Complicated Diabetic Patient         
  • Role of Autophagy in Regulation of Immune Responses       
  • New Indications and Approaches in Targeting Tregs
  • Special Considerations in Transplanting the Very Young
8:15 am – 8:30 am   

Break

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Joint Plenary 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

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

11:15 am – 12:45 pm  

Midday Symposia: Interactive

  • Liver Transplantation for Alcohol Hepatitis
  • Should We Continue Prioritizing Kidney-Heart and Kidney-Liver Transplant Candidates Over Kidney-Alone Candidates?
  • Is It Time to Change the Pediatric Kidney Allocation Paradigm from Expedited Transplantation or to Delay Transplantation to Focus On Better Class II HLA Epitope Matching? 

Midday Symposia: Didactic

  • VCA: From Head to Finger Update               
  • To Pump or Not to Pump
  • Quagmires in Donor Heart Allocation         
  • Acute and Chronic Antibody Mediated Rejection in Lung Transplant: Alloimmunity and Autoimmunity
  • Top Papers in Transplant Infectious Diseases          
  • Bench to Bedside- Costimulatory and Co-Inhibitory Pathways in Transplantation        
  • Epigenetic Regulation of T Cell Responses
  • Emerging Areas in Regulation of Immunity and Immunosuppression
  • Challenges in Managing Antibody-mediated Allograft Injury
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm  

Break

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Sponsored Satellite Symposia (Located in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm 

Luncheon Workshops (Additional Fee)

  • Controversies in BK: A Case-Based Approach           
  • Social Media in Organ Donation and Education
  • Care of Allograft Recipients in Transition (CARE - ART)
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm  

Transplantation in Depth (Basic)

  • Mechanisms of tissue Fibrosis and How They Apply to Chronic Allograft Injury
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm   

Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm  

 Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Antigen Presentation / Allorecognition / Dendritic Cells
  • Islet Cell and Cell Transplantation
  • Xenotransplantation
  • Liver: Immunosuppression and Rejection
  • Liver: Recipient Selection
  • Lung: From Allocation to Outcomes
  • Small Bowel: All Topics
  • Kidney Acute Antibody Mediated Rejection
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Allocation - 1
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: mTORi Based Regimens
  • Kidney Living Donor: Selection
  • Kidney: Pediatrics - 1
  • Kidney Infectious - Viral Hepatitis
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm 

Student Program: The Science, The Art, And The Allure of Transplantation

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm  

Featured Multidisciplinary Transplant Professionals Symposium # 1

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm   

Featured Nursing Symposium: Innovation in Transplantation: Leadership and Education (In Collaboration with NATCO & ITNS)

  • Innovation in Transplantation: Leadership and Education
  • Health Literacy
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm   

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Acute Rejection
  • Novel Therapeutics
  • The Guest that NEVER leaves: Immunologic Challenges in Heart Transplantation
  • Non-Organ Specific: Disparities to Outcome and Access to Healthcare
  • Kidney Donor Selection / Management Issues - 1
  • Kidney Psychosocial - 1
  • Kidney: Cardiovascular and Metabolic - 1
  • Liver - Kidney Issues in Liver Transplantation
  • Kidney Complications: Disease Recurrence
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: Co-stimulation Based Regimens
  • Kidney Transplant Goes Viral
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm  

ASTS Town Hall & Reception

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Poster Session B in Exhibit Hall

Monday, June 4, 2018

7:00 am – 8:15 am  

Sunrise Symposia: Interactive

  • Debates in Heart Transplantation
  • The Art of a Successful Lung Transplant     
  • Challenges in ICU Management of Critically Ill Patients with ESLD
  • How to Effectively Use the Good Livers with Bad Stories      
  • Should I Accept this Donor?  When to call your ID Friends at 2 AM - A Case-Based Panel          
  • Non-Directed Living Donors - A Debate     
  • Clinical Practice, Teaching, AND Research — Oh My! Tools to Ease the Transition to a New Pharmacist Position               
  • I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends: Multispecialty Evaluation of the Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Candidate

Sunrise Symposia: Didactic    

  • Variability of Organ Utilization by DSA: Analysis of Issues Including OPO Recovery Factors, Transplant Program Behaviors and Regulatory Influences
  • Endemic Infections or Zebras? Perspectives in SOT
  • Unconventional Pathways in Transplant Rejection 
  • Impact of Aging on Graft Immunogenicity and Injury
8:15 am – 8:30 am

Break

8:30 am – 9:15 am

Joint Plenary 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  

State-of-the-Art Speaker

  • VCA: Past, Present, and Future
10:45 am – 11:15 am 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Midday Symposia: Didactic

  • Complicated Complications Complicate the Use of Mechanical Circulatory Support    
  • Living Donor Liver Transplant: Inflow, Outflow, How Low Can We Go
  • Liver Transplantation in Challenging Cases: A bridge too far?             
  • Viral Infections: State-of-the-Art Prevention             
  • Bench to Bedside- Overcoming Sensitization and Donor Antibodies
  • New Updates on T Cell Dysfunction/Exhaustion      
  • Emerging Role of Nanotechnology in Transplantation           
  • KPD Innovation  
  • Program Quality Assessment
  • Medication Management through Transplanted Women's Life Stages
  • Liver Transplantation for Metabolic Disease
  • The Economic Consequence of our Actions and Inactions
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Sponsored Satellite Symposia (Located in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Luncheon Workshops (Additional Fee)

  • Optimized Islet Isolation Techniques for Improving Outcomes of Islet Auto-Transplantation    
  • Prevention and Management of Long-term Viral Infections
  • Looking Under the Hood of High Impact Research: From Idea to AJT Publication
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • B-cell / Antibody
  • Liver Retransplantation and Other Complications
  • Liver: Viral Hepatitis
  • Ischemia Reperfusion Injury: Time to change the paradigm?
  • PTLD/Malignancies: All Topics
  • Surgical Issues (Open, Minimally Invasive):All Organs
  • VCA
  • Kidney Chronic Antibody Mediated Rejection
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: Induction Therapy
  • Novel Regulatory Pathways in Tolerance
  • IRI Acute Injury: Basic
  • Location, Location, Allocation in Heart Transplantation
  • CMV: Bench to Bedside
  • Kidney Living Donation: Donor and Recipient Outcomes
  • Kidney Psychosocial - 2
  • Kidney: Pediatrics - 2
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm 

Featured Multidisciplinary Transplant Professionals Symposium # 2

  • The Legal and Pseudo-Legal: Navigating Substance Use and Abuse in Transplantation
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Regulatory Issues
  • Endothelial Cell Biology
  • Innate Immunity; Chemokines, Cytokines, Complement
  • Strategies to Promote Transplant Tolerance
  • Liver: MELD, Allocation and Donor Issues - 1
  • Liver: Pediatrics
  • Non-Organ Specific: Economics, Public Policy, Allocation, Ethics - 1
  • Pancreas and Islet - 1
  • Psychosocial and Treatment Adherence
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: Desensitization
  • Kidney Living Donor: Long Term Outcomes
  • Kidney: Surgical Considerations
  • Addressing Re-Emerging Infectious Challenges to Transplantation
  • Kidney Complications: Diagnostic Considerations
  • Kidney Complications: Late Graft Failure
  • Kidney: Cardiovascular and Metabolic - 2
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm  

AST Town Hall & Reception

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm    

Poster Session C in Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

7:00 am – 8:15 am   

Sunrise Symposia: Interactive

  • Expanding the Indications for Liver Transplantation              
  • The Right Choice for the Diabetic with ESRD            
  • Strategies to Ensure “Transplant-Readiness”: Preparing Patients for Post-Transplant Life in the Pre-Transplant Setting

Sunrise Symposia: Didactic

  • More than X or Y:  Impact of Gender and Sex in Transplantation       
  • The Challenges for Adolescent and Young Adult Liver Transplant Candidates and Recipients – It’s More Than Just Transition!          
  • Understanding Chronic AMR in Liver Transplants   
  • Antibiotic Use, Drug Resistance and Stewardship in Solid Oran Transplant Recipients
  • Why Is My Patient Sick?  Tell Me Quick!    
  • Tissue Engineering and Xenotransplantation            
  • Management of the Kidney Waitlist
  • Emerging Perfusion Technology: Challenges to Implementation
  • Achieving Health Equity in Transplantation
8:15 am – 8:30 am   

Break

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Joint Plenary III

9:30 am – 10:00 am

State-of-the-Art Speaker

  • Systems Immunology in Health and Disease
10:00 am – 10:45 am   

Controversies in Transplantation - Basic

  • Is the Microbiome Really Important in Transplantation?
10:00 am – 10:45 am  

Controversies in Transplantation - Clinical

  • Weeding out Fact from Fiction in Substance Abuse:  How Much is Too Much for Transplantation or Donation?
10:45 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Midday Symposia: Interactive

  • Reproductive Health in Solid Organ Transplantation

Midday Symposia: Didactic

  • The Science of Decision Making in Organ Allocation              
  • Liver Transplantation Versus Simultaneous Liver Kidney Transplantation: Choosing The Road Less Traveled      
  • Broader Sharing in Liver Transplantation: Current Proposals for Allocation And Metrics           
  • Damn the Torpedoes: Donors with HIV, HCV, and HBV         
  • Pancreas Transplantation: How I Do It?     
  • Bench to Bedside - Overcoming Complement in Transplant Rejection
  • New Aspects of Immune Memory
  • The Transplant Therapeutics Consortium:  Progress in Bringing New Therapies to Patients      
  • Efforts to Reduce Organ Discards – Summary of the NKF’s Consensus Conference      
  • Well, Isn’t that Special: Immunosuppression Management in Special Populations
  • National Academy of Medicine (NAM) report on Donor Intervention Research: Summary and Future Outlook
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm

Break

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Sponsored Satellite Symposia (Located in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel)
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm  

Luncheon Workshops (Additional Fee)

  • Getting your Patients Out the Door – Challenges and Opportunities in the Medication Discharge Process          
  • Transplant Dermatology: It's a New Frontier So Get on Board
  • mHealth in Transplant: The Path from Potential to Reality
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm    

Break

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm  

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Chronic Graft Injury
  • Biomarkers, Immune Monitoring and Outcomes: Basic
  • T Cell Biology
  • Donor Management: All Organs Excluding Kidney
  • Kidney Infectious - Pot-Pourri
  • Kidney Paired Exchange
  • Kidney: Acute Cellular Rejection
  • Kidney: Polyoma
  • Kidney Deceased Donor Allocation - 2
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: General Considerations - 1
  • Liver: MELD, Allocation and Donor Issues - 2
  • Non-Organ Specific: Economics, Public Policy, Allocation, Ethics - 2
  • Pancreas and Islet - 2

 

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm   

Featured Multidisciplinary Transplant Professionals Symposium # 3

  • Transplantation in Older Adults
2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Pediatric Symposium

  • Tolerance in Children and Improving Graft Longevity in Pediatric Transplantation
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm 

Coffee Break in Exhibit Hall

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm 

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Quality Assurance Process Improvement
  • New Approaches to Target Regulatory T Cells
  • Cellular Therapies and To Promote Tolerance
  • New Frontiers in HIV and Hepatitis
  • Liver: Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Other Malignancies
  • Liver: Living Donors and Partial Grafts
  • Tolerance: Clinical Studies
  • Kidney Complications: Antibody & Late Outcomes
  • Kidney Living Donation: Programmatic Issues
  • Biomarkers, Immune Monitoring and Outcomes: Clinical
  • Kidney Donor Selection / Management Issues - 2
  • Kidney Immunosuppression: General Considerations - 2
  • Kidney: Perioperative Considerations
  • Non-Organ Specific: Economics, Public Policy, Allocation, Ethics - 3
  • Late Breaking

 

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Poster Session D in Exhibit Hall

7:30 pm – 10:30 pm   

ATC Night Out (Additional Fee)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

7:00 am – 8:15 am 

Sunrise Symposia: Interactive

  • Ethical and Unique Issues for Women in Solid Organ Transplant       
  • Difficult Cases in Intestinal Transplantation - An Open Discussion Amongst Major Centers      
  • Too Sick for Liver Transplant: Practical Strategies to Manage a Cirrhotic Patient at the End-of-Life         
  • Failure to Launch:  Navigating Medication Access in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Marijuana Use in Waitlist Candidates: True Risks and Operationalizing Risk Management
  • Presumed Consent
  • Psychosocial Challenges in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation - Case Presentations
  • Transplant Surgery Education and Accreditation: Our Generation and the Next Generation

Sunrise Symposia: Didactic

  • Living Donor Follow-up: Improving Patient Engagement and Outcomes          
  • The Role of the Microbiome and in Transplant Outcomes   
  • Emerging Areas of Transplantation: Opportunities for Basic Science
  • Biomarkers of Clinical Transplant Tolerance              
8:15 am – 8:30 am

Break

8:30 am – 10:00 am   

Joint Plenary IV

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am – 11:30 am

What’s Hot; What’s New (Basic, Translational, Clinical)