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Scientific material will be presented through symposia, oral abstracts, and poster presentations as well as small group conversation-based sessions with experts designed for exploration of both clinical and basic science topics.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Welcome

2:45-3:00 PM ET

In-Depth Symposia

3:00-5:30 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: Living Donor Selection Where to Draw the Line
  • Liver: Pushing Past the Limits of LDLT in the US: Programmatic Development
  • Heart & Lung: Don’t Throw Them in the Bucket!!! Tricks of the Trade to Optimize Every Thoracic Donor Offer 
  • Basic:  In-Depth Symposium: Basic (title coming soon)
  • Pharmacy:  Comprehensive Management in Multi-Organ Transplantation: It Takes a Village
  • Infectious Disease:  Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • Other:  Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Transplantation: The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future
  • Other:  Racism in Transplantation: Current State and Future Directions
  • Professional Development & Advanced Practice Provider: Mastering the Transplant Essentials

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Welcome

8:45-9:00 AM ET

IMPACT Sessions

9:00-10:00 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: How Low Can You Go? Assessing GFR in Living Kidney Donor Candidates
  • Kidney: To Band or Not to Band? AVF Access Ligation after Kidney Transplantation 
  • Liver: Technical Versus Oncologic Approaches to Resectability
  • Heart: DCD Donors for Heart Transplantation - The Devil is in the Details
  • Pediatric: When is a Combined Organ Transplant an Appropriate use of Organs in the Pediatric Recipient?
  • Basic: Extracellular Vesicles in Transplantation
  • Translational: The Infection Rejection Connection in Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Infectious Disease: Infected Donor and Recipient: When is it Safe to Transplant
  • Pharmacy: Stop the Pain! Novel Opioid Minimization Strategies to Mitigate Pain in the Pre-, Peri-, and Post-Operative Transplant Phases
  • Public Policy: US Organ Allocation - An Update
  • Ethics: We Said Yes; Transplanting Patients with Alcoholic Liver Disease: Time to Focus on Aftercare
Break

10:00-10:30 AM ET

Plenary Oral Abstract Session 1

10:30-11:30 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics Highly Rated Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET

ASTS Presidential Introduction & Address

12:00-12:30 PM ET

ASTS Research Grants & Pioneer Award

12:30-1:15 PM ET

Break

1:15-1:30 PM ET

Sponsored Satellite Symposium

1:30-2:30 PM ET

Break

2:30-3:00 PM ET

IMPACT Sessions

3:00-4:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • VCA: Psychosocial and Bioethical Aspects of VCA: An Update
  • Kidney: Late Breaking IMPACT: Kidney Paired Donation: Innovation & Evolution Leading to Improved Outcomes 
  • Kidney: KDPI: Time for a New Look?
  • Liver: Beyond Survival: When MELD isn’t Enough
  • Lung: Taking a Step Further: Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion: (EVLP): The Clinical, Therapeutic and Scientific Opportunities
  • Heart: Rise of the Machines: The Evolution of Patient Management in the New Heart Allocation System
  • Pancreas & Professional Development: The Multidisciplinary Approach to Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Auto Transplantation Patient Care
  • Basic: Fc Region: The Business End of Antibody Regulation
  • Translational: Nanotherapeutics in Organ Transplantation: How Close are We?
  • Infectious Disease: Herpes Just Keeps Coming Back: How to Manage Difficult Herpes Virus Infections
  • Pharmacy: Role of Biomarkers in Current Clinical Practice - Remote Monitoring for the Spectrum of Solid Organ Transplantation
Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

4:00-4:30 PM ET

Focus in Transplantation

Basic - New Roles of Secondary Immune Organs in Rejection

4:30-7:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

4:30-5:30 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

5:30-6:00 PM ET

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

6:00-7:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

7:00-7:30 PM ET

Poster Video Chat Session 1

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Live Video Presentation with Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Live Video Conversations with top Poster Abstract Presenters.

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Break

8:30-8:45 PM ET

Expert VIP Meet-Up

8:45-9:30 PM ET

Live Video Presentations with Live Video Question & Answers.  Limited Audience Size to 50 People.

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: What is the Big Deal with a Little Fatty Liver in a Living Kidney Donor Candidate?
  • Kidney: Cytomegalovirus Prevention in Kidney Transplantation: Best Practices and Emerging Innovations
  • Liver: Minimal Invasive Surgery in Living Donor Liver Transplantation
  • Liver: The Role of Exercise in Advanced Liver Disease
  • Liver: The Kidney in Liver Disease
  • Heart & Lung: Complex Thoracic Desensitization Cases: What Makes Sense?
  • Small Bowel: Quality of Life after Intestine Transplant
  • Infectious Disease: Controversies and Updates in Management of Hepatitis B Virus in Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Pancreas: Expanding your Pancreas Transplant Program
  • Women's Health: Uterus Transplantation - Meet the New Kid on the Block
  • Pediatric: Recurrent Disease in Pediatric Transplantation
  • Pharmacy: Using Motivational Interviewing to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Adherence
  • Public Policy: The Practical Implementation of Imminent Death Donation
  • Other: "Check with your PCP…”- Primary Care for the Transplant Provider 
  • Other: Clinical Trial Design

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Welcome

8:45-9:00 AM ET

IMPACT Sessions

9:00-10:00 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: TCMR After Kidney Transplantation in 2021: Are We Moving Forward?
  • Kidney: Blood Pressure Screening and Associated Outcomes in Living Kidney Donors
  • Liver: Evolution of Living Liver Donation in North America: 2020 and Beyond
  • Heart: Examine Well Your Blood: Heart Transplant Management Without a Biopsy
  • Pediatric: What is this Spot on My…….? What Every Transplant Physician Should Know about Treating Skin Problems in Pediatric Transplant Patients
  • Basic: Ischemia Reperfusion-Alloimmunity Interface
  • Translational: Spatial and Single Cell Profiling in Transplant Immune Injury
  • Infectious Disease: Is the Microbiome a Therapeutic Target in Transplantation?
  • Pharmacy: The Road Less Traveled: Experience with Unique Immunosuppression in Pediatric Transplantation
  • Public Policy: Doctors, Lawyers, and Legislators: Who Decides for Whom?
  • Ethics: Palliative Care & Solid Organ Transplantation: A Spectrum of Care
Break

10:00-10:30 AM ET

Plenary Oral Abstract Session 2

10:30-11:30 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics Highly Rated Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET

AST Presidential Introduction & Address

12:00-12:30 PM ET

AST Awards & Lifetime Achievement Award 

12:30-1:15 PM ET

Break

1:15-1:30 PM ET

Sponsored Satellite Symposia

1:30-2:30 PM ET

Break

2:30-3:00 PM ET

IMPACT Sessions

3:00-4:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: Role of Genetic Testing in Potential Living Donor Candidates
  • Kidney: Medical Risks in Young Donors
  • Liver: Responsible Expansion of Living Donor Liver Transplantation in the United States
  • Heart & Lung: Controversies in Candidate Selection for Cardiothoracic Transplantation
  • Heart & Kidney: The Results of the Consensus Conference on Heart-Kidney Transplant
  • Ethics: Incorporating New Data into Selection of Living Kidney Donors: Minor Modifications or Fundamental Changes?
  • Basic: Ex-vivo Modeling of Complex Immune Processes
  • Translational: Regulatory T cell Therapy for Clinical Autoimmune and Transplantation Tolerance
  • Infectious Disease: Don't Give up HOPE: Evolving Standard Transplant Care for HIV Infected Patients
  • Pharmacy: Advanced Ambulatory Practice Models in Solid Organ Transplant 
Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

4:00-4:30 PM ET

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

4:30-5:30 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

5:30-6:00 PM ET

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

6:00-7:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

7:00-7:30 PM ET

Poster Video Chat Session 2

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Live Video Presentation with Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Live Video Conversations with top Poster Abstract Presenters.

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Monday, June 7, 2021

Welcome

8:45-9:00 AM ET

IMPACT Sessions

9:00-10:00 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: How Best to Optimize Deceased Donor Kidneys for Organ Transplantation in 2021? 
  • Kidney: APOL1 and Living Donation: Donors and Recipients
  • Liver: Above and Below the Diaphragm: Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Liver Transplantation 
  • VCA: Novel Strategies to Modulate Innate and Adaptive Immunity in VCA
  • Pediatric: Walking the Tightrope: Malignancies after Pediatric Solid Organ Transplantation (SOT)
  • Basic: Novel Approaches for Immune Modulation of the CD154 Pathway in Transplantation: New Tricks for an Old Dog
  • Translational: Taking the Next Step in Organ Perfusion: from Preservation to Personalized Repair
  • Infectious Disease: Population Health Improves Transplant Outcomes
  • Pharmacy & Liver: Help Me Stay Sober After Liver Transplantation – Multimodal Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Advanced Practice Provider: Pathway to Publishing
  • Ethics: Reaching for the Elusive Brass Ring: Challenges Faced by Donor and Recipient Minorities when Accessing Transplant 
Break

10:00-10:30 AM ET

Plenary Oral Abstract Session 3

10:30-11:30 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics Highly Rated Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET

AJT Editor Update & AJT Awards

12:00-12:30 PM ET

State-of-the-Art Lecture # 1

12:30-1:00 PM ET

Break

1:00-1:30 PM ET

Sponsored Satellite Symposia

1:30-2:30 PM ET

Break

2:30-3:00 PM ET

IMPACT Sessions

3:00-4:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: Is There Still a Role for Desensitization for Kidney Transplantation in the Modern Era?
  • Kidney: Role of Surveillance Biopsy and Currently Approved Biomarkers for Diagnosing Acute Kidney Rejection: Clinical Application and Cost-effectiveness
  • Liver: Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Liver: Disparities in Liver Transplantation
  • Professional Development: #MeToo in Academia: Enough is Enough!
  • Basic: Innate Immune Cells and Allograft Rejection
  • Basic: Novel Targets for Transplant Immunosuppression
  • Translational: The Science of Biomarkers, or the Lack Thereof
  • Infectious Disease: Optimizing Use of HCV-Infected Organs - The Implementation Phase: When to Treat and Why?
  • Pharmacy & Advanced Practice Provider: Innovative and Effective Tools to Reduce Hospital Readmissions Post-Transplant from the Viewpoint of a Transplant Physician, Pharmacist, and Advanced Practice Provider
Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

4:00-4:30 PM ET

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

4:30-5:30 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

5:30-6:00 PM ET

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

6:00-7:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect

Break

7:00-7:30 PM ET

Poster Video Chat Session 3

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Live Video Presentation with Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Live Video Conversations with top Poster Abstract Presenters.

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Welcome

8:45-9:00 AM ET

IMPACT Sessions

9:00-10:00 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: What's New in the KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline on the Evaluation and Management of Candidates for Kidney Transplantation?
  • Kidney: To Stent or Not to Stent - That is the Ureteral Question
  • Liver: Weighing in on Bariatric Surgery and Liver Transplantation
  • VCA: VCA - Is There a Way Forward to Standard of Care?
  • Pediatric: Vaccinating the Unvaccinated Prior to Transplant: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Basic: Integrated Molecular Approach to Chronic Allograft Injury 
  • HLA: ABO Incompatible Transplantation from Genetics to Transplanation
  • Infectious Disease: Travel, Food, and Leisure
  • Other: Uh Oh, My New Home is a Lemon: Cardiovascular Disease after Solid Organ Transplant
  • Administrative: Bridge Over Troubled Water: OPTN Policy Development, Directions, and Innovations
  • Women's Health: Surgical Approaches to Address Sex-based Disparities in Access to Appropriately Sized Organs 
Break

10:00-10:30 AM ET

Plenary Oral Abstract Session 4

10:30-11:30 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics Highly Rated Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

ATC's People's Choice Award Session

11:30-11:45 AM ET

Live Video Audience Polling 

Multiple Topics.  Virtual Audience will Vote on the MOST Impactful Plenary Abstract Presentation.

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM ET

State-of-the-Art Lecture # 2

12:30-1:00 PM ET

Break

1:00-1:30 PM ET

Sponsored Satellite Symposia

1:30-2:30 PM ET

Break

2:30-3:00 PM ET

IMPACT Sessions

3:00-4:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: Recurrent Glomerulonephritis in Transplant and the Role of Ancillary Tools in Diagnosis and Prognosis
  • Kidney: Should We Abolish Cardiac Screening for Asymptomatic Kidney Transplant Candidates?
  • Liver: Rising Stars Surgeon Scientists
  • Other: Utilizing Genomic and Omics for Discovery and Application in Solid-organ Transplantation  
  • Small Bowel: Surgical Management Before and After Intestine Transplant – Timing is Everything
  • Pancreas & Kidney: Pancreas After Kidney Transplantation: Unlocking The Survival Advantage
  • Basic: Checkpoints for B cells and Antibody Production
  • Translational: Perspectives in Progress in Clinical Transplant Research: What Have We Learned, Where are We Going?
  • HLA:  New Insights and Controversies in HLA Testing: Pro and Con Debate
  • Pediatric & Liver: Mandatory Splitting of an Adult Liver Offer: Help a Child - Disadvantage an Adult 
Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

4:00-4:30 PM ET

Year in 2021 Review

Best in ID Papers

4:30-5:30 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

4:30-5:30 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

5:30-6:00 PM ET

Rapid Fire Oral Abstract Sessions

6:00-7:00 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Abstracts Submitted to ATC 2021 Virtual Connect 

Break

7:00-7:30 PM ET

Poster Video Chat Session 4

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Live Video Presentation with Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics of Live Video Conversations with top Poster Abstract Presenters.

Virtual Sponsor Lounge Networking

7:30-8:30 PM ET

Break

8:30-8:45 PM ET

Expert VIP Meet-Up

8:45-9:30 PM ET

Live Video Presentations with Live Video Question & Answers.  Limited Audience Size to 50 People.

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: The Effect of Race and Ethnicity on Clinical Risk Assessment Equations and Scores
  • Liver: When Does the Recipient Cross the Line?
  • Liver: Risk Prediction in Low-MELD Patients - What is the Best Personalized Therapeutic Approach?
  • Pediatric & Liver: Pediatric Liver Re-transplantation: Indications, Surgical Techniques and Outcomes
  • Lung: It's a Small World:The Microbiome, Lung Disease, and Lung Transplantation
  • Professional Development: AJT - Looking Under the Hood of High Impact Research: From Idea to AJT Publication
  • Infectious Disease: Preventing Fungal Infections after Transplantation
  • Public Policy: Implementing Successful Outreach and Telemedicine Programs in Transplantation: Breaking Down the Barriers
  • Other: Bringing Living Donor Programs into the XXI Century: Incorporating Social Media to Enhance Living Donation
  • Professional Development: Can Improved Cultural Competence, and Tools for Conflict Resolution Reduce Physician Burnout in Transplantation?
  • Women's Health: Now or Later? Timing Pregnancy and Transplantation
  • Advanced Practice Provider: Stuck in the Middle: The Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care
  • Ethics: Amplifying the Patient’s Voice in Transplant Research and Care: Guidance on Using Patient Reported Outcomes in Your Work
  • Other: The New Age Transplantation Professional
  • Other: Grant Writing Submission Design

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Welcome

8:45-9:00 AM ET

IMPACT Sessions

9:00-10:00 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Kidney: Novel Developments in Living Kidney Donation: Global and International Kidney Exchange
  • Small Bowel: When is Multivisceral Tansplant Indicated and When Can it be Avoided
  • Lung & Liver: Lung and Liver Transplant in the Era of CFTR Modulator Therapies
  • Pancreas: Broader Distribution of Pancreata Should Require Fewer Pancreas Transplant Programs
  • Pediatric & Kidney: Biomarkers of Immune Status after Pediatric Kidney Transplantation - the Yin/Yang of Rejection versus Infection
  • Basic: Non-HLA Antibodies and Graft Rejection
  • Translational: Novel Imaging Techniques for Allorejection
  • Other: The Hidden Threat of Pulmonary Hypertension in Solid Organ Transplant Patients
  • Small Bowel: Intestine Transplant: Strategies to Manage Disease Recurrence and Failure to Thrive
  • Administrative: The Role of the US Federal Government in Solid Organ Transplantation
  • Women's Health: Emerging Hot Topics in Pregnancy and Transplant
Break

10:00-10:30 AM ET

Controversies in Transplanation

10:30-11:30 AM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Topic & Session Titles:

  • Public Policy: Clinical - Processes to Assure Referral of Patients with End Stage Organ Disease for Transplant Evaluation
  • Basic: Title Coming Soon
Break

11:30AM-12:00PM ET

What's Hot; What's New

12:00-12:45 PM ET

Pre-recorded Presentations w/Live Video Question & Answers

Multiple Topics. Presentation on that Highlights the Best in Basic & Clinical ATC 2021 Virtual Connect Abstracts.

Closing Remarks

12:45-1:00 PM ET