Transplant Region: Nephmadness 2018

Kidney transplantation can be a lifesaver for a patient with ESRD. Wait times for deceased donor kidney transplants can be quite long and are influenced by the presence of donor-specific antibodies, ABO incompatibility, and HLA incompatibility. We explore the growing knowledge base in these areas that is making previous incompatible matches compatible. We discuss the use of virally infected organs as a possible way to shorten deceased donor wait times. We also examine the risks involved in living donation, particularly evolving around the APOL1 status of donors. 

Check out the full NephMadness Transplant Region here

Target Audience

  • Physicians
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Learning Objectives

After participation in this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to increase the pool of kidney donors by using virally infected kidneys
  • Describe the updates on kidney donation and donor risk
  • Identify new strategies to transplant formerly “untransplantable” kidneys
  • Describe the role of donor specific antibodies in the evaluation of kidney transplant recipients
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
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Paul Phelan, MB, BCh BAO, MD, FRCP 
NHS Lothian  
Edinburgh, United Kingdom  
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).  

Planning Committee Disclosures

Dorry Segev, MD, PhD
Marjory K. and Thomas Pozefsky Professor of Surgery
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Disclosure:  Honoraria: Sanofi; Novartis 

Matthew A. Sparks, MD
Assistant Professor/Associate Program Director
Duke University Medical Center/Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, NC
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Danielle Nathan, MA
Professional Education Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Kathryn Troy, MPH
Professional Education Coordinator
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).


It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

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During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

The National Kidney Foundation is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.




The National Kidney Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™


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The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments.  This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.