Transplant Infectious Diseases Symposium: The Microbiome, the Immune System and the Allograft: Understanding the Impact of Microbial Networks on Transplant Outcomes

May 8, 2019

Solid organ transplantation, cytotoxic chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are life-saving interventions for an increasing number of patients who now survive rather than succumb to their disease. These patients are left with compromised immunity, rendering them at risk for infection, often due to opportunistic and fastidious pathogens. The host inflammatory response to infection is attenuated in these scenarios, resulting in atypical (and often advanced) presentations of infection compared with immune-competent hosts. Traditional diagnostic approaches to infectious diseases rely on pathogen isolation in culture, which can be biased based on presence/absence of certain clinical features and result in delayed diagnosis and unnecessary exposure to broad spectrum antimicrobial therapy. Diagnostic platforms based on host gene expression profiles provide an innovative approach to the diagnosis of infectious diseases and can aid in rapid diagnosis to guide decisions regarding empiric and definitive therapy. Understanding how these platforms perform in immunocompromised patients – both for the diagnosis of infection and rejection – has the potential to revolutionize our approach to caring for transplant recipients and ultimately improve patient care.

Target Audience

Physicians, students, and basic scientists involved in the care and diagnostic approaches for immunocompromised patients.

Learning Objectives

Understand the current state of host gene expression signature profiles and their application as diagnostic tools for infectious diseases.

Review the practical aspects of implementing genomic based tools for use in clinical care.

Examine how gene expression analyses may be interrogated to better understand alloimmunity and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder in solid organ transplantation.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 3.00 Attendance
Registration Opens: 
Registration Expires: 
Activity Starts: 
05/08/2019 - 1:00pm
Activity Ends: 
05/08/2019 - 4:00pm
Trent Semans
Durham, NC
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • 3.00 Attendance
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