ILTS 21st Annual International Congress

  • July 8-11, 2015
  • Chicago, IL
  • USA

Program Information

Who Should Attend


The ILTS 21st Annual International Congress is the leading educational Congress for scientists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, physicians, nurses, and organ procurement personnel in the field of liver transplantation from around the world. The Congress is designed to allow the liver transplantation specialist to interact and network with individuals from various parts of the globe and to compare and understand the differences in procedures and therapy in the treatment of liver transplantation.


Goals and Objectives


  1. To provide an international scientific and educational exchange for anesthesiologists, hepatologists, surgeons, intesivists and transplant nurses.
  2. To explore the contraindications to living donor liver transplant.
  3. To promote understanding of perioperative management controversies.
  4. To review recent innovative techniques in liver transplantation.
  5. To enhance the dialogue regarding adults with pediatric liver disease.

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 Wednesday                   Thursday                  Friday                   Saturday


 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
6:30 am – 7:00 pm Registration Open
9:00 am – 4:30 pm Current Controversies in Liver Transplantation Sponsored by Astellas
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Opening of the Exhibit Hall
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Poster Session I
(Presenters in Attendance)

Thursday, July 9, 2015

6:30 am – 7:00 pm Registration Open
6:30 am – 8:00 am Vanguard Grand Round Case Presentations (Ticketed Session)
These morning sessions will involve presentations of interesting or difficult cases by a Vanguard Committee member to a senior ILTS participant. After comments from the senior member, the audience is encouraged to participate in a lively and informal open discussion. Case presentation will focus on topics developed by the Vanguard Committee.
8:00 am – 8:15 am Opening Ceremony
8:15 am – 10:15 am Rising Star Symposium
10:15 am – 5:30 pm Exhibits Open
10:15 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am Poster Session 2 (Presenters in Attendance)
11:00 am – 11:30 am State-of-the-Art Lecture # 1 - Approved Regimens
Norah Terrault, MD, MPH
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA
11:30 am – 11:45 am Break
11:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 1: Preoperative Assessment of the High Risk Candidate

  • Cardiac Assessment: Does the Anesthesiologist Trump the Cardiologist?
  • Pulmonary Assessment: Does the Anesthesiologist Trump the Pulmonologist?
  • Infectious Assessment:  When is Transplantation Contraindicated?
  • Assessing for Futility:  Knowing When to say "No"
   
11:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 2: – It’s All About Selection

  • How Selection Committees Work
  • Recurrent Immune Diseases:  Identifying the "Liver-Eater"
  • Are the New Anti-Virals a Game Changer in Selecting Candidates?
  • Debate:  All Patients are Equal, but Some are More Equal than Others:  Re-transplanting the Non-adherent Young Adult
   
11:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 3: The Living Donation – New Frontiers in Donors

  • The Rapid Increase in International LDLT:  Is the Sky the Limit?
  • The Next Technical Frontier
  • Long-term Health of the Donor
  • The Altruistic Donor:  Make No Mistake
   
1:15 pm – 3:15 pm Break
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lunch Symposium Sponsored by Astellas
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Outcomes 1
  • Living Donor
  • Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine 1 - Circulation/Cardiac
  • Immunosuppression
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Coffee Break
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Poster Session 2 (Presenters in Attendance)
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Hepatitis B/C
  • Surgical Techniques/Complications
  • Basic Science 1 - Preservation and IRI
  • Patient Selection/Organ Allocation/Organ Recovery
6:45 pm – 7:00 pm Break
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Vanguard Reception - By Invitation Only, Age 42 and Under
Friday, July 10, 2015
6:30 am – 7:00 pm Registration Open
6:30 am – 8:00 am Vanguard Debate Session (Ticketed Event)
These morning sessions will involve three debates over controversial topics between a Vanguard Committee member and a senior ILTS participant.
8:00 am – 9:30 am Plenary Abstract Session #1
9:30 am – 10:15am Presidential Address
Distinguished Service Award Presentation
ILTS Business Meeting
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Exhibits Open
10:15 am – 11:00 am Coffee Break
10:15 am – 11:00 am Poster Session 3 (Presenters in Attendance)
11:00 am – 11:30 am State-of-the-Art Lecture # 2 - Real Results – Real Expectations of Regenerative Medicine
Stephen A. Duncan, D. Phil.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI, USA
11:30 am – 11:45 am Break
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 4: Intra/Immediate Post-Operative Management

  • Assessment of Coagulation Disturbances
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Intra-Operative Renal Replacement Therapy
  • Intra-Operative Surgical Considerations
  • Not Out of the Woods Yet:  Facilitating Post-Operative Recovery
   
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 5: The Living Donation – New Frontiers in Recipients

  • Selecting the Right Recipient at the Right Time
  • Shifting the Risk from Donor to Recipient
  • Advanced HCC:  Living Donor Liver Transplantation?
  • Tolerance Through Living Donor Liver Transplantation:  The Holy Grail
   
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 6: Hot Debates in Liver Transplantation

  • Debate 1:  Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis
  • Debate 2:  Transplantation in Marijuana Smokers
  • Debate 3:  Retransplantation for Rapid HCV Recurrence
   
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Lunch Symposium Supported by Gilead
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Women in Transplantation Luncheon Session

Join Nancy Ascher, Talia Baker, Jennifer Lai and Nancy K. Man, prominent women leaders in the field of liver transplantation for a panel discussion about the challenges of career development, the importance of mentorship in your career and how to achieve work-life balance during this lunchtime networking event. The event is open to all attendees registered to attend ILTS 2015 and lunch will be served. 

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Anesthesia/Critical Care Medicine 2:  Coagulation/Critical Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Malignancies
  • Basic Science 2: Immunology, Repair, HCC
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Coffee Break
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Poster Session 3 (Presenters in Attendance)
5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Concurrent Oral Abstract Sessions

  • Extended Criteria Donor
  • Acute and Chronic Liver Failure
  • Surgical Videos
  • Late Breaking
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Closing Reception - Offsite Event (Ticketed event with separate registration fee. No entry permitted without ticket. Roundtrip transportation is included with the purchase of each ticket.)
Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration Open
8:00 am – 9:30 am Plenary Abstract Session 2
9:30 am – 10:00 am Break
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Featured Symposium # 7: Preserving Long-term Graft Function

  • Overview
  • Immunological Causes Affecting Long-term Outcomes
  • Non-Immunological Causes Affecting Long-term Outcomes
  • Debate:  Strategies for Long-term Graft Monitoring
   
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Featured Symposium # 8: The Biomarker War in Liver Transplantation: Who Will Win?

  • Functional Biomarkers in Liver Transplantation
  • Genomics: The Spectrum of RNA Biomarkers
  • Proteomics:  Tools for Discovery and Validation
  • Tissue Biomarkers:  The Real Truth
  • Donor-Specific Antibodies:  Biomarker or Pathogen?
   
10:00 am– 11:30 am

Featured Symposium # 9: HCC

  • Surgical Options for HCC:  Resection vs. Transplantation
  • Non-surgical Options for HCC in the Transplant Candidate
  • The Influence of Tumor Biology on Outcomes
  • Is mTOR Inhibitor Based Immunosuppression Improving Outcomes (Results of the Silver Study)
   
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Featured Symposium #10 Perioperative Management Controversies: Expert Opinions

  • The Evolving Role of the Anesthesiologist in Candidate Selection
  • Debate:  Can TEE Replace the PA Catheter?
  • Monitoring the Coagulation System During Liver Transplantation
  • Novel Management Strategies of Coagulation Abnormalities During Liver Transplantation
   
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 11: Questions and Answers in Viral Hepatitis

  • Hepatitis B:  What's Left to Conquer?
  • Hepatitis C: What's New in Pre-transplant Therapy?
  • Hepatitis C: What's New in Post-transplant Therapy?
  • Hepatitis E: Should We Care?
   
11:45am – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 12: Pediatrics - Biliary disease after Liver Transplantation

  • Risk Factors for Biliary Complications Early and Late
  • Radiology vs. Surgical Management
  • Sclerosing Cholangitis Post Liver Transplantation Diagnosis and Management
   
11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Featured Symposium # 13: Surgical Technical Innovations

  • Monosegmental Transplantation
  • Split Liver Transplantation for Two Adults
  • Normothermic Perfusion in Clinical Practice
  • Inflow Modulation for Partial Liver Grafts
   
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm Break