Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association Update

IRTA is proud to highlight its signature Congress which is rapidly approaching. The meeting will take place in the center of Paris on July 3–6 2019, in the prestigious Latin Quarter whose spirits will stimulate enthusiastic discussions and fruitful networking among physicians and allied health professionals for the very best of patients.

The aim of the meeting will be to demonstrate that the care of adults and children with intestinal failure has become a well-integrated mission, where gastro-enterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, anesthe-siologists, specialized nurses, social workers, are all involved along the patient’s journey. Many specialized and efficient procedures and treatments such as long-term home parenteral nutrition, lengthening surgery, growth factors administration and transplantation will be described and discussed, the ultimate goal being to help these patients to lead a “near normal” life.

The pre-meeting will be a true postgraduate course with up-to-date talks on rehabilitation and transplantation, from well-known specialists to prepare for the main meeting.

The three keynote conferences will be on the many roads of the gut-liver axis, the numerous positive and deleterious aspects of the microbiome, and spontaneous or inducible tolerance after transplantation.

The other topics addressed by speakers from all over the world will be the basics of intestinal immunology, the prevention of long term intestinal failure in neonates and adults, the challenges of daily life with parenteral nutrition, the future of rehabilitation such as hormonal therapy, the difficulties and successes of intestinal transplantation, the long-term outcomes, and the many ways to improve the patients’ life, including in less affluent countries. Registries of these rare diseases and their effectiveness will be reported.

Allied health professionals will meet in their dedicated workshop, addressing topics such as multidisciplinary approach of these difficult patients, psychological and social outcomes, transition from pediatric to adult care, and also research in these fields from their point of view.

Other workshops will try to draw consensus and guidelines on the pathology of intestinal rejection, the monitoring of the intestinal transplant patient, and the use of endoscopy and new techniques such as videocapsule.

One of the strengths of this meeting will be the multiple and intersecting points of view on the patient’s care, at all stages, from childhood to old age, whether his intestine is absent, transplanted or regenerating. The largest units of intestinal rehabilitation or transplantation in the world will be present, allowing the professionals to exchange ideas and experiences. Make your plans to join us for this transformative Congress.  

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