IPTA Infectious Disease Committee

Function: The ID-CARE initiative was formed within IPTA with the idea that one of its main goals would be to serve as the focal point for ID initiatives and to link IPTA with other ID groups where appropriate. The focus is ID Clinical Care, Advocacy, Research and Education.

Chair Monica Ardura, Columbus, USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Past Chair Michael Green, Pittsburgh, USA  
Member Abanti Chaudhuri, Stanford, USA  
Member Waldo Concepcion, Palo Alto, USA  
Member Lara Danziger-Isakov, Cincinnati, USA  
Member Michael Green, Pittsburgh, USA  
Member Britta Höcker, Heidelberg, Germany  
Member Arnaud L'Huillir, Geneva, Switzerland  
Member Marian Michaels, Pittsburgh, USA  
Member Dimitri Van Der Linden, Brussels, Belgium  
Member Anita Verma, London, UK  
Council Liaison Klara Posfay-Barbe, Geneva, Switzerland  

2017-2019 Initiatives

  1. Evaluation and approach to the presence of active infection in the potential pediatric transplant recipient.
  2. Pneumocystis prophylaxis strategies across centers

    This was a survey based assessment of current strategies used for prevention of PJP by various centers.We are now developing the manuscript for submission to Pediatric Transplantation with a goal of submission by the end of November
  3. Yearly Influenza update

    The ID CARE committee recruited prior authors of our first Influenza Update previously published in Pediatric Transplantation ~ 1-2 years ago to provide an update for the recently ended season as well as for the upcoming season(s) this summer and winter.
  4. CMV Guidelines and Pediatric Case-Based Commentary for Pediatric Transplantation

    Members of the ID CARE Committee participated in the TTS 3rd CMV Consensus Conference.
    This Guideline has now been formally published. In addition, this same group of Pediatric clinicians created a case-based manuscript to highlight key points and changes in recommendations in the 3rd edition of the CMV guidelines. This paper has been accepted by Pediatric Transplantation and is available on-line.
  5. EBV/PTLD Consensus Conference

    This is an IPTA sponsored consensus conference addressing the diagnosis, management and prevention of EBV associated PTLD in pediatric SOT recipients. The conference is being co-sponsored by Vanderbilt University and Their Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Sick Kid’s Hospital in Toronto. The effort is being organized under the ID CARE committee with Steve Webber, Upton Allen and Michael Green as co-chairs of the conference. The conference planned for March 11-12, 2019.
  6. Emerging mosquito borne viruses and impact on transplantation

    The IPTA Council had requested the ID CARE committee to develop a manuscript addressing to topic of emerging mosquito borne viral infections (e.g. ZIKA, Dengue and Chikungunya) and their relevance to pediatric transplantation.

    Authors from the University of Pittsburgh’s Division of Infectious Diseases with interest and expertise with these viruses were recruited and developed this manuscript. The manuscript has been accepted by Pediatric Transplantation and I believe it is available on line.
  7.  VZV and other live vaccine post-transplant 

    This topic covers two related efforts by the ID CARE Committee. The first of these relates to the Consensus meeting organized by Upton Allen and Sick Kids in Toronto focused on use of MMR and varicella in pediatric transplant recipients. Unfortunately, the process of completing this manuscript has been slower than we anticipated but we do expect to have it available for review by all participants in the next month or so. This was more a project of Dr. Allen’s and Sick Kids than truly an effort by the Committee.

    The second effort related to this is a survey looking to document current state of use of live viral vaccines in pediatric organ recipients at this time. This effort has been somewhat delayed due to work conflicts affecting the key individuals responsible for this effort. We hope to send this survey out sometime in October 2018.
  8. Approach to Diarrhea

    The ID CARE Committee is developing an algorithm for the approach to diagnosis and management of diarrhea in the pediatric organ transplant recipients. This effort is being led by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric transplant clinicians with a goal of providing an evidence based set of recommendations.
  9. Antibiotic prophylaxis survey

    The ID CARE Committee is now proposing to develop a case-based practical survey to highlight what the current state of care is in terms of antibiotic perioperative prophylaxis for pediatric liver transplant recipients.

    The working group for this initiative have begun drafting the cases for this survey. We would anticipate completion by the end of November 2018 with a hope to send the survey out sometime after that.