Friday, July 15, 2022

The Future of Living Donor Kidney Transplantation (videos)

On May 7, 2022 the University of Chicago hosted a Symposium on "The Future of Living Donor Kidney Transplantation: Evolving National Perspectives in Kidney Transplant "

Philip Held, one of the organizers, has provided the following guide, concluding with a link to an elegant Data Handbook that gives direct access to each talk.

 "A Symposium: The Future of Living Kidney Donor Transplantation

Earlier this year, we presented a virtual symposium on the Future of Living Kidney Donor Transplantation.  A primary focus was on the ethics of rewarding organ donors with an opening presentation by:

 ·       Janet Radcliffe Richards, a philosopher and ethicist from Oxford University.

 Other speakers and topics included:

 ·       Nobel Laureate Alvin Roth Ph.D. of Stanford University who laid out the case for paired kidney donation (aka kidney exchange), the only major technical improvement in transplantation in years.

 ·       Frank McCormick, Ph.D. presented recently published (Value in Health) research showing how the government can completely end the kidney shortage and save more than 40,000 kidney failure patients each year from premature death by rewarding living kidney donors. 

 The Symposium took place on May 7, 2022.  It was hosted by John Fung M.D. Ph.D. at the University of Chicago’s Transplantation and Transplant Institute and was funded by the National Kidney Donation Organization (NKDO) and WaitListZero.

 This Symposium presented a broad education on the subject of living kidney donation, and indeed was presented for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits by the University of Chicago. 

 The audio-visual recording of the entire University of Chicago’s CME symposium is available, for free. Access is extremely easy and one can access any and all presentations with 3 simple clicks starting with 2 clicks here: Data Handbook."

 If you prefer you can binge on the sessions in order:

Session 1:  The Future of Living Kidney Donor Transplantation

Session 2:  The Future of Living Kidney Donor Transplantation

Session 3:  The Future of Living Kidney Donor Transplantation

My talk, called "Kidney Exchange (and Kidney Controversy)" is the first half hour of the video below of the second of three symposium sessions.

The first session of the symposium is below, starting with an intro by Philip Held, focusing on some of the inequalities that we see in dialysis and transplant, followed by the philosopher Janet Radcliffe-Richards (starting at minute 17:15), and then Sally Satel (at 59:30), and then a round table discussion starting at 1:12.

In the discussion I asked Dr. Radcliffe Richards (who has been a tireless advocate of thinking more clearly about the tradeoffs involved in preventing compensation of donors) what experience she could share about when and how she had been successful in convincing people to change their minds.  She replied "I don't regard myself as an expert in mind changing, except with people who are happy to follow arguments."

Session 3 is below, including talks by Martha Gerson, Thomas Peters, Arthur Matas, John Roberts,  and Josh Morrison.

These and other videos have been assembled by NKDO.

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