American Transplant Congress 2008 - Critical New Data to be Revealed in Toronto

    MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., March 19 /CNW/ -- The eighth annual American
Transplant Congress 2008 (ATC) is the most comprehensive, in-depth educational
event in the field of basic and clinical transplantation science and medicine.
2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful Canadian transplant
and fittingly, the meeting travels to Canada for the first time. The
Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario hosts ATC 2008 from
Saturday, May 31 -- Wednesday, June 4, 2008. The goal of this joint meeting,
presented by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and the
American Society of Transplantation (AST), is to contribute to and expound
upon new worldwide research and discoveries in transplantation.
    Physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, organ procurement personnel and
pharmacists, in the field of basic and clinical transplantation, will discuss
important new findings and present key data. Beginning on Sunday,
controversial topics and new developments will be the focus of the Sunrise
Symposia. There will be a joint plenary session held daily, with the top
scoring abstracts presented to the entire attendee audience. On Sunday and
Monday, there will be four, concurrent mid-day symposia centered on the most
timely and topical issues in the field. The ever popular, "What's Hot, What's
New" will be the feature presentation on Wednesday. Early Morning Workshops
will run daily, Sunday -- Wednesday featuring some of the best contributions
in transplantation.

    Saturday, May 31                         Pre-meeting Symposia
    Sunday, June 1 -- Wednesday, June 4       Scientific Sessions
    In-depth scientific and clinical material will be presented through
symposia, oral abstracts, concurrent workshops, poster presentations and small
group sessions.  Presenters include the most respected and knowledgeable
individuals in the fields of basic and clinical transplantation science and

    ATC 2008 Feature Topics & Highlights:
    50th Anniversary Celebration -- 1st Canadian Transplant, with special
    invited guests
    State-of-the-Art Address -- Tak Mak, PhD, Princess Margaret Hospital,
    Toronto, Ontario
    State-of-the-Art Address -- Luc Noel, PhD, World Health Organization
    Special Interactive Session -- Renal Transplant
    "What's Hot, What's New" Presentation
    Living Donation
    NanoMedicine: Can Tiny Devices Solve Big Problems?
    Infectious Diseases
    Cardiac Risks
    Minority Access
    Progress in Moving Transplantation Tolerance to the Clinic
    Hepatitis C: Are We Really Making Progress?
    Stem Cell Research
    Ethics and Economics
    New Interventions for the Metabolic Syndrome
    Hot Topics in Lung Transplants
    Islet Transplants
    Pediatric Transplantation
    Expanded Criteria Donors
    Organ Allocation Worldwide
    T-Cell & B-Cell data
    Transplant Immunology
    Immunosuppression and Post-Transplant Complications
    ... and hundreds of other critical updates and presentations
    For more information about the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
visit  Learn more about the American Society of
Transplantation at  Visit for
details; meeting schedule, key speakers, and more.  Media interviews can be
arranged.  If interested, contact Steven Schiff 610-971-4840;

For further information:

For further information: Steven Schiff, Press Director for American 
Transplant Congress 2008, +1-610-971-4840, Web Site:                

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