July 20, 2004

Contact: Alan Warne, KU Medical Center Continuing Education, (913) 588-4487.

KU to host conference on organ donation and transplantation Aug. 27

LAWRENCE -- Every human organ or tissue transplant begins with a grieving family's decision at the time of a loved one's death. On Friday, Aug. 27, a conference titled "Passing the Torch: The Evolution of Donation and Transplantation" will focus on providing emotional support for donor families and other sensitive issues.

The conference, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, will include an address by Clive Callender, director of transplantation and professor and chair of surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Callender is an expert on organ donation and transplantation issues related to minorities.

Other conference topics will include the definition of death, selection of candidates for liver transplant, the impact of stem cell research on cornea transplant, new treatments in tissue transplant and the role of clergy. Presenters will include representatives of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Midwest Transplant Network, Kansas City Lions Eye Bank, Center for Religious Education and Study and the University of Kansas Medical Center. A donor family and an organ recipient also will share their personal stories.

The conference is intended for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and medical professionals who interact with donor families or care for donors or recipients. Continuing education credit will be provided for nurses and physicians.

A full conference agenda and registration are available toll-free at (877) 404-5823 or www.kuce.org/kumc/edt.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Kansas Hospital and KU Medical Center Continuing Education.

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