In this issue the unfolding story of COVID in transplant recipients is further exposed. HIV, CMV and phage therapy add to the focus on viruses. A series of technologies applied to questions in transplantation show their value: from 18-FDG-PET scanning, to deep sequencing T cell receptors and high throughput metabolomics. Long term outcomes from sequential bone marrow and kidney transplants are reported as are combined liver and kidney transplants. Antibodies continue to figure large in research as described in several papers including a masterful overview of non-HLA antibodies.
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Transplantation is keeping the community updated on data about COVID and transplant patients. The latest papers are available online including a recent commentary on the problem of Vaccination by Woodle et al.
What we know so far:
Two mRNA vaccine shots deliver an antibody response in about 40-50% of patients but is quite weak in some of those people. A third shot may help boost that response rate a bit. Taking Belatacept prevents a response, as one might expect, standard therapy with Mycophenolate and Tacrolimus reduces responses. We also know that breakthrough infections occur and can result in very severe disease in our patients and even death.
Please read the details in Transplantation so you can keep up to date in the advice you give your patients.
TTS and WIT are hosting two networking discussion sessions lead by TTS Education Committee Members and WIT Members. Clips from the documentary will be shown and discussed as well as key themes that came out of the movie.
Registrants will have the ability to ask questions and interact with each other. Whether you will be joining for your morning coffee or pre/post dinner drinks, the session will be lively and interactive. Even if you are unable to watch the movie prior to the session, you are encouraged to register and join.
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