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PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT: Donor Management Research Consensus Conference

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David P Nelson, MD
Chief, Heart Transplant Medicine Division
INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will host a Consensus Conference on September 16 and 17, 2013, at the Sheraton, Pentagon City, in the Washington, D.C., area. Multiple issues related to the core issues of donor consent, recipient consent, and possible development of a national IRB-like oversight panel will be explored. HRSA anticipates an attendance of approximately 120. Registration cost is anticipated to be approximately $150. The clinical stakeholders driving the development of this Consensus Conference are AOPO members and ASTS abdominal surgeons. Thoracic transplantation has been less involved.

This Consensus Conference will lay the foundation for what eventually may determine how you, your institution, and your patients will be informed about donor intervention trials and frame your obligations to your institution and patients regarding this information.

HRSA will announce the conference to stakeholders when conference planning is further along. There is an article recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation titled "Challenges to Research and Innovation to Optimize Decreased Donor Organ Quality and Quantity" which provides a good four-page exposure to the issues of interest to the Consensus Conference. When you see the formal HRSA announcement of this Consensus Conference, I strongly urge you to consider attending.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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