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Addressing Issues Pertinent to Elderly Patients who have Undergone Organ Transplantation

Addressing Issues Pertinent to Elderly Patients who have Undergone Organ Transplantation

Recently, the National Institute on Aging, one of 27 Centers and Institutes of the NIH, held a consensus conference that addressed the complex topic of aging and transplantation. Those who spoke at and attended this conference identified the fact that older individuals experience specific problems after undergoing an organ transplant. Many of these problems—though not all of them—are related to quality of life.

In order to delve into this matter, and to gain valuable insights into the challenges that older individuals encounter after organ transplantation, Dr. Abecassis and the CTC are partnering with experts at the Chicago Transplant Ethics Consortium (CTEC). As a founding member of the CTEC, Dr. Abecassis certainly understands and appreciates the significance and the diverse nature of the Consortium’s work. Individuals from a variety of disciplines—including medicine, social work, ethics, philosophy, and psychology—constitute the membership of the CTEC. Together, these individuals address various social and ethical topics germane to organ transplantation, and they encourage public discussion and enhancedunderstanding of transplantation-related health policy issues.