Newswise – Alexandria, VA – Registration is now open for the 2022 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Industry Colloquium: Perspectives and Advances in Liver Preservation on November 3 in Washington, DC.
Recent advances in perfusion devices are changing the game by keeping transplant livers alive longer and allowing for longer-distance transport. The new technology also improves marginal donor livers, keeping them stimulated and alive longer and therefore making many more livers available for transplantation.
With the number of patients on the liver transplant waiting list far exceeding the number of donor livers, successful liver perfusion is critical to the future of liver transplantation, a potentially life-saving treatment for individuals with end-stage liver disease and acute liver failure.
This in-person conference will provide breakthrough insights into the technology and techniques surrounding the use of preservation equipment and explore the various strategies for successful perfusion/preservation of donor livers.
“As a Liver Transplant Surgeon, Director of Transplant Centers, Past President of UNOS/OPTN, and At-Large Councilor for the AASLD, I have never been more excited that this breakthrough technology has been approved for use in the United States,” said Co-Chair David C. Mulligan, MD, FACS, FAASLD, Yale School of Medicine. “The achievements in Europe and in the US trials are phenomenal – this colloquium is an opportunity to share data and demonstrate a variety of devices that are now available for use.”
The Industry Colloquium also includes a perfusion workshop where attendees can get an up-close look at multiple devices. “This industry colloquium will bring together thought leaders in liver support and preservation devices. In addition to expert sharing, I am particularly excited for the unique opportunity to connect with multiple vendors who are bringing their equipment for us to explore,” said John C. Magee, MD, University of Michigan Transplant Center.
This event will also highlight core competencies such as patient-centered care and procedural skills, interdisciplinary teamwork, systems-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement.
“I am proud to be part of the organizing committee for the first-ever AASLD Perfusion Colloquium,” said UC Health Co-Chair Shimul A. Shah, MD, MHCM. “In addition to cutting-edge lectures from experts from around the world, we are excited to have the first hands-on overview featuring several leading perfusion devices for attendees to observe and see first-hand.”
View the full program here and register online for the Industry Colloquium: Perspectives and Advances in Liver Preservation. View a PDF of this press release here online.