II: Sunday, 10:30 am – Noon
CC: Hall D
The top research on the most hot button topics will be showcased during this year’s Liver Transplant Plenaries on Sunday.
“I think it’s really a unique opportunity that transplantation gets so much plenary time at The Liver Meeting®. There are two plenary sessions, which create an opportunity to get the best of the best as well as develop themes within each plenary platform,” said John C Magee, MD, who is moderating the first plenary at 8:00 am Sunday in Hall D with Kimberly A Brown, MD, FAST, FAASLD.
Dr. Magee said the first plenary session has three abstracts dealing with machine perfusion and its potential application in liver transplantation and three abstracts focused on components of pediatric transplantation.
“It allows the audience to get an in-depth view of certain areas, and the abstracts and the presentations will hopefully play off each other, allowing the audience to get engaged with speakers,” he added.
The second plenary session, starting at 10:30 am on Sunday in Hall D will be moderated by Julie Heimbach, MD, FAASLD, and James F. Trotter, MD.
Dr. Trotter noted that abstracts scheduled during the second plenary will also address important issues in liver transplant, including the use of hepatitis C positive organs in hepatitis C negative recipients and wait list mortality vs. post transplant mortality as well as issues related to renal function in the setting of renal and liver transplantation.
Results presented during the plenary have the potential to influence clinical practice.
“With the hepatitis C study, attendees will be able to take away information that they can take back to their center and replicate what was done at Mass General and then likely widen their donor pool or open up a new donor pool to their liver candidates at their center and change their practice,” said Dr. Trotter.
Dr. Magee added that the value of the plenary sessions is the opportunity to see new approaches and new possible solutions to challenging problems.
“I always hope that people will think about ways to integrate the ideas into their approach to problems,” he said. “Each session is followed by a brief question and answer session and hopefully the audience will take the opportunity to engage the investigators and ask some questions that both touch the rest of the audience as well as engender thought.”