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2014 Abstract Awards




Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best MCS Abstract Award: $2,500 (funded by a grant from Thoratec)

branoEstablished in 2009 and funded through a grant from Thoratec, the Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best MCS Abstract Award is a $2500 travel award to the ISHLT Annual Meeting designed to encourage submission of high quality abstracts in the mechanical circulatory support category. The goal of the award is to encourage scholarly clinical work in MCS and to facilitate scientific exchange regarding MCS. Dr. Radovancevic, a long-time member of ISHLT, was devoted to the encouragement of scientific collaboration with Eastern European physicians and scientists. This award is designed to encourage others to continue his efforts to develop MCS and provide mentorship to others.

2014 Recipient: Jason O. Robertson
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO, USA
Abstract: Concomitant Aortic Valve Procedures in Patients Undergoing Implantation of Continuous-Flow LVADs: An INTERMACS Database Analysis

The abstract has been selected for featured presentation at 9:15 AM in the Opening Plenary Session on Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Seaport.


Philip K Caves Award: $1,000

philip cavesThe Philip K. Caves Award is named for Philip K. Caves, who developed and pioneered the technique of transvenous endomyocardial biopsy for use in the monitoring of cardiac graft tolerance. Established in 1982 to encourage and reward original research in transplantation performed by residents, fellows, and graduate students, this $1,000 award is bestowed annually on the resident/fellow/student whose oral presentation is judged to be the best at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Six finalists have been selected and will present their abstracts in the below session:

Concurrent Session 30: Philip K. Caves Candidate Presentation Session
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Gaslamp AB
Co-chairs: Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD and David O. Taylor, MD

  1. 2:00 PM: (249) Metabolic Profiling of Perfusate from Clinical Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Yields Potential Biomarkers of Early Lung Transplant Outcomes, M. K. Hsin
  2. 2:15 PM: (250) Ligation of Transgenic MHC Class I Molecule Expressed Only in the Lungs By Its Specific Antibodies Induces Epithelial Injury, Autoimmunity and Obliterative Airway Disease (OAD): A Novel Transgenic Mouse Model of OAD, N. J. Sarma
  3. 2:30 PM: (251) Development of Recipient-Matched Engineered Heart Tissue Using 3D Printing, Y. Yildirim
  4. 2:45 PM: (252) DAP12 Expression By Lung-Resident Macrophages Mediates Pulmonary Ischemia Reperfusion Injury By Promoting Neutrophil Extravasation, J. Spahn
  5. 3:00 PM: (253) Halofuginone Inhibition of Th17 Cell Differentiation Attenuates Obliterative Bronchiolitis in Mouse Orthotopic Lung Transplantation, H. Oishi
  6. 3:15 PM: (254) De Novo DQ Donor-Specific Antibodies Are Associated With Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction, J. M. Tikkanen


Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Excellence in Research Award: $1,000

The Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health Excellence in Research Award was established in 2005 to recognize excellence in Nursing and Social Science research, with the purpose of encouraging original investigation and professional excellence in the preparation of scientific papers. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution by a nurse or social scientist whose work makes an important contribution to the field of heart and lung transplantation. This $1,000 award is bestowed annually on the nurse or social scientist whose oral presentation is judged to be the best at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Seven finalists have been selected to present their abstracts in various sessions during the meeting. The session, abstract numbers, titles, and presenting authors are listed below:

Concurrent Session 12: Improving Outcomes: Interventions & Strategies
Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Seaport H

  1. 2:00pm-2:15pm: (67) Teen Pocket PATH: A Randomized Pilot of a Mobile Health Application To Improve Adherence Among Adolescent Solid Organ Transplant Recipients, D. A. Shellmer
  2. 2:15pm-2:30pm: (68) Longer Versus a Shorter Duration Exercise Rehabilitation Program Following Lung Transplant: A Randomised Controlled Trial, L. M. Fuller
  3. 3:15pm-3:30pm: (72) Higher Quality of Caregiver Support Is Associated with Post-Transplant Adherence at 6 Months, J. M. Rowan

Concurrent Session 23: A Fresh Look at Lung Allograft Dysfunction - What the Bench Is Telling Us
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Grand Hall D

  1. 10:30am-10:45am: (207) Humoral Allo and Auto Immunity in Human Lung Transplant Recipients, O. Gjorgjimajkoska

Concurrent Session 20: Mechanical Circulatory Support: Getting Down to the Science of VAD Support
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Grand Hall A

  1. 11:45am-12:00pm: (194) Chronic Inflammation in Heart Failure Patients with Mechanical Circulatory Support, L. Grosman-Rimon

Concurrent Session 32: Mechanical Circulatory Support: Is the Outcome Worth the Cost?
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Grand Hall B

  1. 4:30pm-4:45pm: (263) Reduction of Drive Line Infection in Continuous Flow Assist Devices: Use of Standard Kit Including Silver Dressing and Anchoring Device, B. Cagliostro

Concurrent Session 38: Innovative Pharmacotherapeutic Approaches to Thoracic Transplant and Mechanically Assisted Patients
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Gaslamp CD

  1. 4:45pm-5:00pm: (300) Tacrolimus Pharmacokinetic Modeling Predicts Dose Requirement in Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients, B. Taylor


JFTC Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation Best Presentation Award

To recognize the outstanding contributions by junior faculty and trainees, the ISHLT Junior Faculty and Trainees Council (JFTC) sponsors a session each year at the Annual Meeting entitled, "Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation." Cases are submitted during abstract submission (in the Case Reports category) by junior faculty and trainees, and the top abstracts from this category are selected for presentation in the session. Master clinicians are invited to discuss the intricacies of these cases and share clinical pearls. At the conclusion of the session, the best case presentation is selected by a panel of JFTC judges and the presenter is awarded complimentary registration to the next ISHLT Annual Meeting.

Four finalists have been selected and will present their abstracts in the below session:

Concurrent Session 11: Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation: The Best of the Best
Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Grand Hall D Co-chairs: Pali D. Shah, MD and Cynthia J. Gries, MD, MSc

  1. 2:00 PM: (63) Carfilzomib for Refractory Antibody Mediated Rejection and Allosensitization in Heart Transplantation, L. Sacha
  2. 2:22 PM: (64) Belatacept as Primary Immunosuppression in a Lung Transplant Recipient, P. Ong
  3. 2:44 PM: (65) Successful Use of Cidofovir and Leflunomide in Lung Transplant Recipient with BK Polyomavirus Encephalitis, P. Ong
  4. 3:06 PM: (66) Ultrasound-accelerated, Catheter-directed Thrombolysis in the Treatment of LVAD Thrombosis, R. T. Cole



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