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PRAGUE 2012:

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Infectious Diseases Program Highlights

Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD, MPH and Erik Verschuuren, MD, PhD
2012 ID Council Program Committee Representatives

Infectious Diseases will be significantly highlighted during a variety of symposia during the meeting. In CMV & Beyond, we will highlight emerging viruses in thoracic transplantation as well as discuss developing issues with cytomegalovirus. Bad Bugs—What Can We Do? includes discussions of the impact of multi-drug resistant gram negative organisms, VRE and MRSA and Clostridium difficile, with a focus on prevention.

Infectious diseases will also be woven into sessions sponsored by other councils, including talks on infections in Mechanical Circulatory Support and in transplant candidates with Cystic Fibrosis.

Finally, we will have the opportunity to evaluate the Risky Business of Transplantation, focusing on candidates and donors with chronic hepatitis and history of international travel.


Pharmacy and Pharmacology Program Highlights

Patricia Uber, PharmD
2012 Pharmacy Council Representative

Members of the new Pharmacy and Pharmacology Council will be featured Thursday morning in the inaugural symposium in a series entitled, A Lifecycle Journey in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation, sponsored by the ISHLT Pharmacy and Pharmacology Council. This series, focusing on therapeutic aspects that uniquely involve emerging or established knowledge in the pharmacology and pharmacy, envisions using an enduring case to create a panel facilitated and audience supported best practice-based discussion at predefined key "journey intervals." In this session the focus will be on the life-cycle of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation with special emphasis on the "journey points" of Mechanical Circulatory Support and anticoagulation, post-transplant development of Antibody Mediated Rejection and late complications that demand innovative immunosuppressive strategies.