The 5th Annual St. Jude-PIDS Pediatric Transplant ID Symposium entitled “Bench to Bedside” was held at the Marlo Thomas Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, on March 9, 2018, with over 160 attendees present. The symposium featured excellent talks by amazing faculty, as well as case presentations, oral abstracts and poster sessions, and 3 clinical breakout sessions discussing bacterial, fungal, and donor question issues.

The morning sessions included lectures on transplant immunology by Allan Kirk, MD, PhD, Duke University School of Medicine; HHV-6 in the transplant recipient by Danielle Zerr, MD, MPH, Seattle Children’s Hospital; cell therapy with genetically modified T cells by Stephen Gottschalk, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, vaccines in transplant patients by Klara Posfay-Barbe, MD, MS, University Hospitals of Geneva, and NIH transplant for primary immmunodeficiencies by Alexandra Freeman, MD, NIH, NIAID. This was followed by a poster session (with a good lunch!) and a session on biomarkers for post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders by Olivia Martinez, PHD, Stanford University School of Medicine, and three challenging cases in Transplant ID. These cases included a challenging case of CMV resistance and children presenting with RSV and rhinovirus infection pretransplant, which were discussed by panelists Klara Posfay-Barbe, Danielle Zerr, and Michael Green. Following selected oral abstracts by Joy Hazleton, MD, PhD, from University of Colorado and William Muller, MD, PhD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, we had breakout sessions discussing interesting and challenging cases in immunocompromised hosts including evaluation of risk for donor-derived infecitons. Finally, research presentations and proposals by the PIDS Transplant Research Network showing results of multicenter research on respiratory viruses in solid organ transplant recipients (Lara Danziger-Isakov), C. difficile (Gabriela Maron, MD), and a proposed CMV immune biomarker study (Michael Green and Daniel Dulek) were presented and discussed.

The Organizing Committee, Lara Danziger-Isakov, Janet Englund, Brian Fisher, Hayley Gans, Betsy Herold, Gabriela Maron, and Elaine Tuomanen, would like to thank St. Jude and PIDS staff for helping with this meeting. A supplement for JPIDS is being planned featuring some of the topics discussed at this meeting as well as selected abstracts.

SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual St. Jude-PIDS Pediatric Transplant ID Symposium will be held on March 7, 2019 at the Marlo Thomas Center at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Suggestions for topics for next year’s meeting are welcome – click here to submit your suggestions!