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2020 ITNS Annual Meeting Schedule

Live Schedule

Thursday Schedule | Friday Schedule | Saturday Schedule| Sunday Schedule | Pre-recorded Sessions

Browse the ITNS Virtual Annual Meeting schedule to learn how together, we'll connect, grow, and learn.

Please note the live schedule may be scheduled to change. Times listed in Central Time.

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Thursday, October 22 

Preconference Events and Opening Reception
*Preconference events have an additional cost and require registration 


Leadership Preconference

Stacia M. Hays, DNP, APRN, CCTC, FAANP

This leadership symposium is appropriate for emerging and informal leaders, as well as those in a leadership position who are looking for additional growth. In this session, participants will:
• Discuss a strengths and values approach to understanding leadership and followership
• Examine your own leadership strengths
• Assess behaviors that hinder successful leaders
• Design your leadership vision and legacy


Histocompatibility and Transplant Immunology 101 Preconference

Anat Roitberg-Tambur, DMD, PhD

Dr. Tambur will review the role of the histocompatibility complex in activating the immune system; its physiologic role in support of surveillance in health, involvement in autoimmune diseases, and focus on its clinical role in solid organ transplantation. Emphasis will be place on understanding the different assays used for HLA antigen and antibody testing, interpretation of test results, and implementation of these results into clinical management of patients prior to and following transplantation.

  • Registered nurses will gain better understanding of the physiologic role of the HLA system during health
  • Registered nurses will learn about the different laboratory assays pertaining to testing for HLA antigens and antibodies
  • Registered nurses will achieve knowledge on how to interpret and implement HLA testing results in treating solid organ transplant candidates and recipients


Pharmacology 101  (Pre-Recorded)

An Old Dog’s New Tricks – Novel Approaches to Post-Transplant Medication Regimens

Laura Lourenco, PharmD BCPS


Opening Reception - Open to all attendees & exhibitors

Sponsored by CareDx

Kick-off the ITNS Virtual Annual Meeting! Connect with your peers in the transplantation community. Get ready to have your video camera on as well have fun getting to know one another. Attendees will have a chance to meet with one another in a quick breakout groups for a chance to network, meet new people, and say hello to old friends! 

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Friday, October 23


Virtual Exhibit Hours


Product Theater Sponsored by Natera 

Kidney transplant coordinators: What you need to know about rejection monitoring

Hear about how Prospera is improving post-transplant patient care and learn about how to talk to your patients about dd cfDNA testing.

Speaker - Monica Johnson, MS, BSN, RN

Manager, Medical Education - Transplant and Renal Genetics

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Keynote Presentation: Innovations in Acute and Chronic Rejection Surveillance After Heart Transplantation

Jon Kobashigawa, MD


Burnout & Resiliency Panel

Moderator: Gemma Edwards, BSc (Hons)
Arzu Harmanci Seren, PhD
Vanessa Silva E Silva, BScN MSc
Clarissa Welbaum, RN


Keynote Coffee Q&A


Virtual Exhibit Hours


Encountered with COVID in New York: Protecting Patients, Staff and Living Donors


Daryle Blackstock, PA-C, MPH, CCTC

Dianne LaPointe Rudow, ANP-BC, FAAN, DNP


Non-CE Symposium 

Sponsored by CareDx

Optimizing Surveillance of Transplant Patients

Monitoring the graft health of kidney and heart transplant recipients can be challenging. Listen to Dr. Steven Potter from Baylor Scott & White Health and Maureen Flattery from VCU discuss how AlloSure and AlloMap help them optimize the care of their kidney and heart transplant patients.  

Speakers: Steven Potter, MD, FACS Baylor Scott & White Health and Maureen Flattery, ANP, CCTC Program Manager, Heart Transplant Program VCU Health

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Saturday, October 24


Virtual Exhibit Hours


Morning Coffee Break Sponsored by CareDx  (Join to receive a $10 Starbucks gift card!)

Tips and Tricks with Monitoring Kidney Transplant Patients

Speaker: Teresa Lara BSN RN

Oklahoma Transplant Center, OU Medicine



Mental Health Panel

Gemma Edwards, BSc (Hons)


Patient Panel


Product Theater

Sponsored by Veloxis


A Year in Review with Cardiothoracic Allocation System

Katelyn Gerrity

Margaret Morrow 


Non-CE Symposium

Sponsored by Natera

The importance of identifying genetic disease in kidney transplant patients pre-transplant and post-transplant

Hear from a transplant nephrologist on the importance of identifying genetic causes of kidney disease and the implications for living donation and post-transplant management.

Presenter: Hossein (Hoss) Tabriziani, MD, FACP, FASN

Medical Director, Organ Transplant

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Sunday, October 25


Virtual Exhibit Hours


Coffee Break

Sponsored by Natera


More than a feeling: The brain gut microbiome axis and solid organ transplantation

Genomics Presentation

Mark Lockwood, PhD MSN RN


International Panel

Pre-Recorded Sessions

Pharmacology 101 Pre-Conference

Laura Lourenco, PharmD BCPS
*Preconference events have an additional cost and require registration

Preventing Clabsis in the Transplant Unit

Karena Andrion, MSN RN CCTN

To Assess the Success of a Focus Transplant Diabetic Clinical Nurse Specialist within a Renal Service

Mahalia Joy Casabar-Licayan, RGN

Pregnancy after Kidney Transplantation

Lisa Coscia, BSN RN CCTC

Best Practices for Undergraduate Community Health Nursing Students to Implement a Wellness Health Fair to Outpatient Kidney Transplant Recipients

Tara O'Brien, PhD RN CNE

Giving it Our Best Shot – Promoting Immunizations in Solid Organ Transplantation

Stacy Al-Saleh, BSN RN CCTC

The Value and Importance of Human Connection through LVAD Adaptation

Brittany Rhoades, MSN APRN CCTN

Matters of the Heart Affecting other Organs

Ylenia Quiaoit

Cienhui Chiang


Part 1: Successfully Submitting an Abstract for the ITNS Symposium: You Can Do It!

Sandra Cupples, PhD RN FAAN

Consideration in Transplant Candidacy: What Would You Do When You See Red Flags?


Finding a Unified Mission Amongst Local Community Transplant Groups: Greater Cleveland Transplant Collaboration (GCTC)

Christine Shay-Downer, MBA BSN RN CCTC

Transplant Updates – A New Decade: Keeping RN's Engaged in Annual Transplant Education

Shane Fulkerson, MSN

The Yellow Brick Road to Kidney Donation: The Journey of a Living Donor

Angele Lacks, BSN CCTC

Homegrown – Inhouse Education and its Effect on Staff Retention

William Kaveney, MSN

Challenges, Risk, Factors, and Predictors for Alcohol Recidivism in Liver Transplant Patients

Krystal Nava, BSN RN CCTC

They're Here! Working with Generation Z in the Nursing Workforce: What You Need to Know

Sandra Cupples, PhD RN FAAN

Assessing Knowledge and Identifying Gaps in Perception among Young Adult Heart Transplant Patients and Healthcare Practitioners

Michael Lee, BHSc

Lessons Learned: Single Center Experience with Uterine Transplant


Belatacept Monthly Therapy: Transplant Recipients' Experience

Susan Little, BSN RN CCTC

Developing Frontline Nurse Leaders: A Tailored Evidence-Based Charge Nurse Education Program

Monica Ramirez, PhD RN

Improvement in Laparoscopic Living Donor Outcomes on a Medical Surgical Unit after Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Pathway

Christine Joyce, RN

Streamlining Post-Operative Liver Transplant Care: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Quality Improvement

Hannah Hodges, BSN RN CCTN

Exploring the Challenges of Working with International Nurses in Heart and Lung Transplantation Unit

Daliya Thomas, BSc (Hon) RN


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