I am really delighted to be part of this enthusiastic and active IPTA community and would like to thank Anette Melk and the Publications committee for putting this newsletter together, showcasing just some of the exciting projects that IPTA has been developing.
I would urge you all to Save the Date for IPTA 2021 in Prague.
This newsletter’s literary highlights come from Lars Pape, Univ. Prof. Dr. Med., Hannover Medical School, MHH – Clinic for Paediatric Nephrology, Hepatology and Metabolic Disorders.
In this manuscript the authors describe the clinical course of EBV, CMV, HHV6 and BKPyV specific T cells in children after pediatric liver transplantation. This manuscript is the first to prove in children after liver Tx that Virus specific T cells can be a useful tool in monitoring the cellular immune response to different viral disease dependent on change of immunosuppression and implementation of antiviral therapy. Future interventional trials will have to prove the additional value of this monitoring tool for infection control and graft survival.
This manuscript shows in more than 3400 European pediatric kidney recipients differences in growth patterns linked to the country they come from. Only a little more than half of the children have normal height SDS values. Especially the youngest children hat the most severe growth retardation and growth hormone was not routinely used in many patients of this cohort. Additionally, no follow-up growth could be determined in children transplanted above an age of 12 years. This paper is therefore an important contribution that should enforce all of us in early use of adequate nutrition and growth hormone in chronic renal failure in order to improve final height of children before and after kidney transplantation.
This manuscript evaluated the course of oxalate retinopathy in children before and after combined pediatric Liver and Kidney Transplantation. The authors could show that time to transplantation was associated with worse oxalate retinopathy and that no improvement of oxalate deposition could be found after transplantation. Therefore, this paper underlines the need for early diagnosis of Hyperoxaluria combined with early interventions as Vitamin B6 therapy, combined peritoneal- and hemodialysis, combined Liver- / Kidney Transplantation as well as new emerging therapies as Oxalobacter perfringens or gene therapeutics in order to inhibit the development of systemic oxalosis as much as possible.
Dear IPTA Colleagues,
Would you like help from senior members to refine your research question or review your manuscripts to increase likelihood of publication? The Publications and Communications Committee would like to invite you to participate in the Peer Mentoring designed to increase access to experienced reviews. We would like to offer to participants a chance to have a dialogue with those experienced in the publication process prior to final submission. Responsibilities of your mentor would include reviewer style feedback to the mentee and availability for subsequent questions. Mentors would also be available to refine language to meet standards for publication, especially for non-native English speakers. We are also looking for suggestions of names of others who might be interested and encourage junior faculty and allied health members to join!
If you are interested, please send your name, email, and any specific areas of research focus to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your support,
Peer Mentoring Workgroup, IPTA
Chesney Castleberry, Workgroup Leader, IPTA Publications Committee
Dear IPTA Colleagues,
The Allied Health (AH) held its first all day pre-congress symposium entitled ‘Improving Outcomes in Pediatric Transplant: A Collaborative and Comprehensive Approach to Care’. It was a great success with over 60 attendees from 8 different countries in attendance including nurses, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, transplant coordinators, chaplains, students and researchers from various disciplines! The symposium included amazing speakers and panel discussions covering a broad range of topics including:
Please log in to the congress website to see recordings of the sessions!
In addition, over 70 Allied Health delegates registered for the congress. From Allied Health, there were 6 abstracts presentations, 8 mini-abstract presentations, 11 posters presentations and interactive workshops on the following topics:
Finally, we also hosted an open Allied Health Professionals business meeting, followed by a social event, which provided a great opportunity to meet new colleagues, network and share ideas.
Congratulations to all the AH professionals whose great work and positive contributions to the organization were recognized through awards:
Plenary and State-of-the Art presentations on AH topics is currently in the planning phase! Be sure to save the date for Prague 2021!
Many thanks for your support,
Anna Gold and Jenny Wichart
Co-Chairs – IPTA Allied Health Professional Committee
Please find this update on Pediatric Transplantation from the Editors-in-Chief Sharon Bartosh and Burkhard Tönshoff.
The Author Guidelines for Pediatric Transplantation have recently been revised (click here). There you will also find the respective links to a number of Research Reporting Guidelines such as CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and CARE for case reports, beside others. Accurate and complete reporting enables readers to fully appraise research, replicate it, and use it. Authors are encouraged to adhere to recognized research reporting standards. The EQUATOR Network has collected more than 370 reporting guidelines for many study types (click here to visit the website).
Pediatric Transplantation offers the publication of Special Issues such as a series of articles derived from a consensus conference, with all review articles on a particular topic published in one issue. If you plan such a conference, consider to publish the consensus document and/or the respective review articles in our journal. Please contact the Editors-in-Chief Sharon Bartosh and Burkhard Tönshoff beforehand (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Pediatric Transplantation is the official journal of IPTA. At the link below, you will find a survey created by the IPTA Publication Committee and IPTA Leadership regarding the journal. We hope to continue to improve the services the journal provides to you, our members. This survey will help us identify areas to expand or improve. We promise it will not take more than a few minutes to fill out.
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