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The Cutting Edge in Transplantation: Two Decades of Progress in Transplantation


Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:00 a. m.-4:35 p.m.

Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
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Course Overview

Organ transplantation remains a dynamic field of continued interest and excitement. The 2019 Cutting Edge in Transplantation Conference will focus on historical perspectives and new insights gained through technological advances, research, and novel interventions in organ transplant.


Healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, care coordinators, social workers, and other allied healthcare providers.


Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe at least one highlighted topic from the past 20 years of Cutting Edge in Transplantation conferences
  • Identify one complication commonly experienced by a pregnant transplant recipient
  • Describe one intervention to address toxic stress in pediatric transplant recipients
  • Illustrate how the use of pluripotent stem cells are being used to help transplant patients
  • Describe a new technology to address the organ shortage
  • Compare and contrast the indications for ValA vs. ValG 
  • Articulate an immunologic method to prevent rejection
  • Describe an intervention to address high BMI in pre pancreas transplant patients
  • Explain how the University of MN is preventing diabetes in patients with auto antibody
  • Name one advantage to the use of Envarsus XR over Immediate Release Tacrolimus
  • State one reason for the transition to the new heart allocation system


7:00-7:45 Registration
8:00-8:15 Introductions
8:15-8:45 20 years of Cutting Edge Conferences - Michael Petty PhD, RN, APRN-BC CNS, CCNS & Michelle James MS, RN, APRN-BC CNS, CCTN
8:45-9:15 Pregnancy in SOT - Philip Rauk, MD
9:15-9:45 Toxic Stress in Pediatric Patients - Maria Kroupina, PhD
9:45-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Advances in Stem Cell - Varia Kirchner, MD
10:45-11:15 New Technologies to Address the Organ Shortage - Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari
11:15-11:35 Real People, Real Stories #1
11:35-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 ValA vs ValG - Priya Verghese, MD, MPH
1:00-1:30 Immune System, Tolerance and Rejection - Steve Huddleston, MD, PhD
1:30-2:00 BMI and Pancreas Transplant - Raja Kandaswamy, MD & Kristi Kopacz, MPAS, PA-C
2:00- 2:20 Real People, Real Stories #2
2:20-2:45 Break
2:45-3:15 Harnessing the power of the Immune System - Erik Finger, MD, PhD
3:15-3:45 Envarsus - Andrea Nasstrom, PharmD
3:45-4:15 Heart Allocation Changes - Cindy Martin, MD
4:15-4:35 Real People, Real Stories #3


American Board for Transplant Certification
The program is designed to meet the American Board for Transplant Certification for 5.5 Category 1 continuing education points for transplant certification for transplant coordinators and transplant-certified nurses.

Minnesota Board of Nursing
This program is designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 5.5 contact hours. Nurses are responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy
University of Minnesota Medical Center has submitted an application to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy for approval of this program for 5.0 hours of pharmacy continuing education. Pharmacists will need to apply to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy if approval has not been granted by the date of conference. 
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