2022 Annual Meeting Schedule

Please note that all times are listed in Central Daylight Time (CDT).

Although not all sessions will be livestreamed (virtual), they will be recorded and available after the conference. Livestreamed sessions are noted in the schedule below.

Posters are available in person and on the virtual conference platform. Links to the sessions will be received in daily emails from ITNS Education.

Timing of schedule may be subject to change, so make sure to check back often for updates!

Thursday, October 20

Preconferences: Additional registration fee required. 

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Immunology Preconference (Available for virtual and in-person attendees) 
Jongwon Yoo, PhD MSN BSN
After attending this immunology session, participants will be able to become familiar with basic concepts in transplant immunology, recognize what an HLA protein is, identify the three major types of graft rejection, learn the different types of antibody testing performed in the HLA laboratory, and understand how the virtual crossmatch is performed and the limitations to using it.

2:00 - 4:00 pm
Leadership Preconference (Available for in-person attendees only) 
Laura Taylor, PhD RN ANEF FAAN and Stacia M. Hays, DNP, APRN, CNE, CCTC, FAANP
Recognizing and growing your leader skill set is needed today more than ever before. Dr. Taylor is an educator, transplant researcher, and small business owner who has mentored and guided hundreds of nurses with her award-winning professional development program, GuIDE to Degree, LLC (www.guidetodegree.com) Currently a Professor at the Uniformed Services University, Dr. Taylor ‘s distinctive Ready to Launch program is crafted to support military healthcare providers around the world integrate concepts of military officership & operational readiness with professional development. Join us to uncover 5 essential best practices that successful leaders put into action every day – and learn how you can put them into action immediately!

6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Opening Reception to be held in International Foyer (In person only) 

See confirmed speakers and topics here.

Friday, October 21

8:00 - 8:30 am
Welcome / Presidential Address (In person and virtual)

8:30 - 9:30 am (In person and virtual)
Keynote: The limits of refusal: An ethical review of solid organ transplantation and vaccine hesitancy
Marian Michaels

9:40 - 10:10 am 
Concurrent Sessions

Managing Medications During a Pandemic: A Mixed-Methods Study of Perception of Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients and Those Waiting for a Kidney Transplant (In person and virtual)

Cognitive Factors, Illness Perceptions, and Medication Adherence Among Heart Transplant Recipients

Pregnancy after Liver Transplantation

10:10 - 11:00 am
Exhibit and Poster Hall

11:00 - 11:30 am
Concurrent Sessions

Gene Addition and Editing in 21st century (in person and virtual)

Role of Palliative Care in Transplant Medicine

Determining Frailty in Kidney Transplant Candidates

11:40 am - 12:10 pm
Concurrent Sessions 

Utilization of Risk Assessment of Frailty in Transplantation (in person and virtual)

Infiltrative cardiomyopathies and considerations for cardiac transplantation

Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening of Kidney Transplant Candidates in US Hot-spots: Why it Matters.

12:10 - 1:10 pm
Lunch Break

1:10 - 2:10 pm
Ethics Panel: Immunization Updates for the Solid Organ Transplant Candidate and Recipient (in person and virtual)
Invited speakers: Sabrina Kopf, Darnell Mompoint Williams, Allison Salter, Mary Jane, Paula Eicker (moderator)

2:20 - 2:50 pm
Concurrent Sessions 

Echo-Doppler Profile for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and  Relevance to Heart Transplantation 

Living Donor Referral Process Re-design: Strategies to Improve Throughput and Increase Evaluations at a Large Volume Center

Considerations and Conundrums for transplantation for Marfans Syndrome (in person and virtual)

3:00-3:20 pm  
Exhibit and Poster Hall

3:20 - 4:20 pm
Invited Speaker: Living Donor Transplantation:  The Whys, the Worries, and the Opportunities in Transplantation (In person and virtual)
Michelle James, MS, RN, CNS, CCTN 

4:30 - 5:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 

Transplant Nursing Genomic Literacy:  A survey  analysis of International Transplant Nurses (In person and virtual)

Renal Dysfunction After Heart Transplantation: A Primer for Clinicians

Nocardia Prophylaxis and Infections in Solid Organ Transplantation

Saturday, October 22

8:00 - 9:00 am
Keynote: Understanding the Lenses We Wear to Create Stronger Empathy and Connections (in person and virtual)
Kenann McKenzie 

9:10 - 9:40 am
Concurrent Sessions 

A new intervention to increase medication adherence in kidney transplant recipients: investigation of effect of SystemCHANGE intervention (in person and virtual)

A Review of Invasive Fungal Infections and Antifungal Therapies in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

It's All Coming Back...Recurrent NASH/NAFLD Post Liver Transplant

9:40 - 10:00 am 

10:00 am - 11:00 am 
Patient Panel 
Jennifer Lau 

11:15 am - 12:15 pm 
Non-CE Lunch Symposium: Role of Biomarkers in Clinical Practice: Surveilling and Optimizing Care
Sponsored by Eurofins. 

Join Leslie Stach, PharmD, BCPS, and Shane M., a kidney transplant recipient, to discuss how OmniGraf®, the first and only non-invasive panel combining genetic biomarker tests, can be used to improve patient care. Leslie will review the science behind OmniGraf and Shane will share his personal journey post-transplant and how he utilizes OmniGraf to monitor the health of his kidney.

12:30 - 1:00 pm
Concurrent Sessions 

Communication and Coordination Strategies and Tools to Increase Efficiency and Quality of Life of Organ Donation and Transplant Professionals (in person and virtual)

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Diagnosis, Genetics and Management

Frailty in cardiac care and its usefulness in heart  transplantation

1:10 - 1:40 pm
Concurrent Sessions 

Emphasizing critical-care nurses’ role in organ donation using the validated tool Flodén ATODAI (in person and virtual)

The Transgender Living Donor: Acknowledgement, Acceptance, and Challenges

Nurse Driven Protocolization and Management of dd-cfDNA testing in Renal Allograft Patients at a Transplant Center

1:50 - 2:20 pm
Concurrent Sessions 

Developing a National Research Program: a Practical Guidance for Researchers (in person and virtual)

Mycophenolate Induced Gastrointestinal Toxicity

Pain Interference in End Stage Kidney Disease is Associated with Changes in Gut Microbiome Features Before and After Kidney Transplantation.

2:20 - 2:40 pm 

2:40 - 3:10 pm
Concurrent Session

The Power of Palliative Nursing Champions: How a Palliative and Nursing Collaboration has Led to Positive Outcomes (in person and virtual)

Islet Cell Transplant and 5 Year Follow Up in Patients with Type I Diabetes Mellitus

3:20 - 4:20 pm
Invited Speaker: Carrying on When You Lose Everything You Ever Wanted - The continued story of a transplant nurse
Gemma Edwards

4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Networking Event to be held in the International Ballroom (in person only)

Sunday, October 23

8:00 - 8:30 am
Membership Meeting (in person and virtual)

8:40 - 9:10 am
Concurrent Sessions

Longitudinal characterization of the gut microbiome and its effects on sickness symptoms (in person and virtual)

Safety and Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccination in The Islet Transplant Recipient

The psychometrics of the Basel assessment of adherence to immunosuppressive medications scale (BAASIS) in Turkish

9:20 - 9:50 am
Concurrent Sessions

A 12-Week Remote Delivery of a Technology, Application, Self-Management for Kidney (TASK) Recipients Intervention: A Feasibility Study (in person and virtual)

Burnout In The Workplace

Cannabis in the Transplant Patient, Where Are We Today?

9:50 - 10:10 am

10:10- 10:40 am
Concurrent Sessions

Quality Improvement Tools to Manage Organ Donation Processes: A Scoping Review (in person and virtual)

Mechanisms of Arrhythmogenesis in the Transplanted Heart and Electrophysiology Interventions

10:50 am - 11:50 pm
International Panel: Transplant Education and Training Around the World (in person and virtual)
Anne Floden, Karina Dal Sasso Mendes, Arzu Harmanci Seren (moderator)