CPD Announces First Toronto Update on Lung Transplantation

CPD is pleased to announce the first Toronto Update on Lung Transplantation and Artificial Lung Support. The symposium will be held on June 1, 2017 at the MaRS Discovery District.

Since the world’s first successful lung transplant performed at the Toronto General Hospital in 1983, lung transplants have saved patients’ lives and improved the quality of life for many people with end-stage lung failure. However, lung transplant waiting lists are increasing as the population ages. Twenty percent of those on waiting lists will die before they receive a chance to receive a life-saving transplant.

In response to this, Drs. Marcelo Cypel and Shaf Keshavjee developed Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP) – a ground-breaking technique which allows surgeons to keep lungs at body temperature and functioning during the preservation period. This method is now used clinically in Toronto and in many other centers, and has significantly increased the number of transplantable lungs.

To share this technique, Drs. Cypel and Keshavjee created the first Lung Transplantation and Artificial Lung Support Conference.

The conference goal is to review the latest advances in lung transplants and also enable hands-on practice for emerging fields, such as EVLP and artificial lung simulation. The program will combine lectures, speaker panels, workshops, video presentations, and small group sessions.

Conference Topics will include:

  • Lung Donation: From basics to new advances
  • Latest advancements in artificial lung support
  • Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion
  • Key concepts in chronic lung allograft dysfunction

Lung transplant surgeons, physicians, trainees, and other health professionals are encouraged to attend. For more information and to register visit http://www.cpd.utoronto.ca/lungtransplant/.