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ISHLT 2012:
PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANTATION PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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Prague CityscapeForget the sight-seeing! Every day of the 2012 scientific meeting in Prague is packed with sessions of interest to the pediatric transplant specialist. Whether your goal is to decide once and for all how to treat AMR or to reach a consensus in pediatric transplantation with IPTA, your trip to the ISHLT meeting in Prague will be an enriching experience.

Wednesday, April 18

8:00 - 9:30 AM, Meeting Hall 5
Pre-Meeting Symposium 6, Neurocognitive, Psychosocial and Behavioral Issues in Children and Adolescents. In this session, you may discover some gems about managing the adolescent transplant patient's cognitive, psychosocial and behavioral dilemmas in the Czech Republic that can be more broadly applied to other adolescents in your life.

9:45 - 11:15 AM, Meeting Hall 5
Pre-Meeting Symposium 11, MCS in Congenital Heart Disease & Pediatrics. In this collaborative session, pediatric mechanical circulatory support in everyday practice in as well as not-so-basic information needed for a basic understanding of transplant immunology in infants will be highlighted.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, North Hall
Pre-Meeting Symposium 18, Congenital Heart Disease: PH Dilemmas in Pediatric and Adult Patients. This collaborative session promotes crosstalk between specialists of shared interested related to pulmonary hypertension.

1:00 - 3:00 PM, Club C
Pediatric Transplantation Council Meeting

3:00 - 4:15 PM, Meeting Hall 4
Concurrent Abstract Session 04: The Right Donor at the Right Time: Juggling the Risk

Thursday, April 19

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, Meeting Hall 5
Concurrent Abstract Session 11: Tolerance: To the Bench and Back

1:30 - 3:00 PM, Meeting Hall 5
Mini Oral Session 02: Heart and Pediatric

5:00 - 6:15 PM, North Hall
Concurrent Symposium 10, Joint ISHLT/IPTA Symposium: Cardiac Transplant in Infancy - A Window into the Immune System

Part I
The recipients of heart transplantation in infancy lack immunological memory and are subjected to removal of the thymus and T cell depletion. This profoundly limits diversity of the T cell repertoire allows basic investigation of how T cells interact with B cells and how they confer host defense and immune regulation. It also provides a glimpse at how the naïve immune system responds to allogenic stimulation, i.e. immunity versus tolerance.
Part II
A brief update on progress toward consensus that was started with the "Pediatric Cardiothoracic Transplant: Do We Have Consensus?" pre-meeting symposium in San Diego and continued during the IPTA 6th Congress in Montreal last June.

Friday, April 20

8:00 - 9:15 AM, Meeting Hall 4
Concurrent Symposium 11, Management of the Failing Fontan Patient Across the Age Spectrum. Just when you need respite from the castle-laden landscape and the never-ending night life of Eastern Europe, the featured session on the failing Fontan will entice you back to matters of importance.

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM, North Hall
Concurrent Symposium 18, Challenges in Pediatric Lung Transplant. This collaborative session highlights lung transplant challenges specific to the child and young adult.

Saturday, April 21

11:30 - 12:45 PM, Meeting Hall 4
Concurrent Abstract Session 45: Growing Up with a Heart Transplant: Adolescence, Antibodies and Pharmacogenetics