The American Society of Transplantation (AST) Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN)℠ is governed by a committee of experts in transplantation and immunology. The committee is appointed by the AST President and approved by the AST Board of Directors; committee members serve a term of three years to ensure continuity in leadership and to maintain forward progress.
About Dr. Maltzman:
Dr. Maltzman is a physician-scientist at Stanford University and is affiliated with the Palo Alto VA. In addition to running a basic science laboratory, he has a clinical practice in transplant nephrology and actively teaches in the areas of basic immunology and transplantation. He is the Past-Chair of the AST Community of Basic Scientists.
State-of-the-art genetic engineering and flow cytometry used to investigate fundamental aspects of immune function related to transplantation. Ongoing specific areas of work include investigation of T cell responses to cytomegalovirus, transcriptional control of regulatory T cell development and function, and signal transduction in memory T cells.
About Dr. Gill:
Dr. Gill is the Scientific Director of the Colorado Center for Transplantation Care, Research and Education (CCTCARE) and rejoined the University of Colorado in November 2009 after directing the Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Transplantation of pancreatic cells as a treatment for insulin-dependent diabetes, transplant immunology.
Dianne B. McKay, MD
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
About Dr. McKay:
Dr. McKay, professor of medicine, is medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at UC San Diego Health System. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology.
Dr. McKay's clinical interests include kidney transplantation and gender-related health issues. She is considered an international expert on pregnancy in transplant recipients and maintains a clinical presence at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she cares for patients seeking to make kidney donations to children. She also specializes in the care of young adults who are transitioning from pediatric care to adult transplant programs.
About Dr. Chandraker:
Dr. Chandraker is the Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
The role of the T cell in chronic allograft rejection, including functions of various T cell co-stimulation pathways in the immunological and non-immunological mechanisms of chronic allograft injury. Also, clinical problems that affect transplant patients including anemia, BK infection, hyperlipidemia, and development of anti HLA antibodies post-transplantation.
Robert Fairchild, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
About Dr. Fairchild:
Dr. Fairchild is a researcher in the Department of Immunology at the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic.
Skin disease, skin and cardiac allograft rejection, T cell recruitment to inflammation in peripheral tissues.
About Dr. Ford:
Dr. Ford is a basic immunologist and Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Emory Transplant Center. She serves on the editorial board of The American Journal of Transplantation, is Section Editor of the Literature Watch feature of AJT, and is Chair of the Community of Basic Scientists within the AST.
The Ford Lab focuses on the role of T cell costimulatory and coinhibitory pathways in transplantation, particularly during memory T cell-mediated allograft rejection.
Robert S. Gaston, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
About Dr. Gaston:
Dr. Gaston is Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Executive Co-Director of UAB's Comprehensive Transplant Institute, and holds the Luke Endowed Chair in Transplant Nephrology. Dr. Gaston is a Past-President of AST.
Issues impacting long-term kidney allograft survival, immunosuppression, access of underserved populations to transplantation.
About Dr. Ison:
Dr. Ison is the Director of the Transplant and Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service and Associate Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Organ Transplantation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Infections in transplant recipients; further focused on viral infections, specifically respiratory viral infections (influenza, adenovirus) in transplant recipients.
About Dr. Krams:
Dr. Krams is the Association Professor of Surgery, Abdominal Transplantation at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Transplant tolerance, NK cell diversity/responses to alloantigen and viruses, microRNAs as immune regulators in transplantation.
Kenneth A. Newell, MD, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine
About Dr. Newell:
Dr. Newell holds the rank of Professor of Surgery and serves as the Vice Chair for Faculty Development at Emory University. His clinical practice focuses on kidney and pancreas transplantation and living donation.
Clinical and experimental studies of tolerance to transplanted organs, the development of immunosuppressive regimens using costimulatory blockade, and mechanisms of alloimmunity.