Innovation Webinar: Can Nanotechnology and Vitrification Change the Face of Organ Transplantation?



Can Nanotechnology and Vitrification Change the Face of Organ Transplantation?


Thursday, November 30, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time  


Kevin Myer, MSHA - Moderator
President & CEO 
Houston, TX

Jedediah Lewis, JD - Speaker
President & CEO
Organ Preservation Alliance

Los Altos, CA


Cutting edge technologies in cryopreservation, ex vivo organ perfusion, nanotechnology and other areas hold promise to revolutionize the logistics of organ transplantation, offering new possibilities to address the organ shortage, improve outcomes in transplantation, reduce healthcare costs, and improve length and quality of life for transplant recipients. What are these technologies, and how could they change the face of organ donation and transplantation? During this webinar we will be learning about the recent advances in organ transplantation and their potential to impact the daily practice of vital organ transplantation, along with many related efforts such as hand, limb, face and tissue transplantation, immune tolerance induction, tissue engineering and pig-to-human transplantation. 

Target Audience:  

Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the webinar the participant will be able to:

  • Define organ banking, cryopreservation, ex vivo perfusion, "high subzero" organ preservation, and metabolic suppression, and discuss their enabling technologies such as computational modeling, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, and nanotechnology.
  • Describe the current research efforts underway to realize the possibility of organ banking, including key challenges and scientific opportunities.
  • Explain how these new technologies could change the face of organ donation and transplantation practices and outcomes.
  • Discuss the impact of these technologies on major areas of research in transplantation, such as immune tolerance induction, xenotransplantation, and vascularized composite allotransplantation.
  • Describe recent efforts involving the White House, U.S. science funding agencies, American Society of Transplantation and others to craft a large-scale research effort in organ preservation.

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