March Recovery Workshop Hosted by “Champion of Research”
IIAM’s most recent Research Recovery Workshop, now in its 12th year, took place at the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) in Covington, LA, in March.
Each biannual workshop provides training to OPO staff in best surgical practices for organ and tissue recovery and offers trainees Category I, ABTC CEU credits. But this Research Recovery Workshop was special, because it was hosted by one of IIAM’s most active partners, especially in our Neonatal Donor Program, and in a brand new facility.
“LOPA has been a committed partner of IIAM for many years,” said Amberly Jones, IIAM’s East Coast Regional Director. “We’ve had the privilege of working with Tina Madere and Laura LeGuin, who have been champions of research when transplant cannot occur. They ensure that research options for organ donors are presented to all families. And they work closely with families of babies with a terminal diagnosis to find options to help others through research; research donation is a neonatal family’s sole opportunity for donation of any kind 83 percent of the time from our seven years of experience.”
The new facility houses a donor care center, one of only ten in the U.S., and includes a three-bed ICU, three operating rooms, and an area designated for research recovery and training. “LOPA’s commitment to facilitating organ and tissue donation for medical research is strong and IIAM appreciates its support,” said Mike Vara, IIAM’s Midwest and West Coast Regional Director. “In addition to providing meeting and training space, the OPO had staff on hand to welcome and meet the needs of workshop attendees.”
Highlights of the workshop were presentations by Keith Armitage, representing the heart research team at Anabios; Jason Benjamin, representing Lung Bio-Engineering; John Bruens, CEO of Global Transplant Solutions; Lauren Puckett, a kidney recipient; Billy Snyder, representing the liver research team at OrganOx; Kelsey Wigington, a neonatal donor mom; and Mingder Yang, a pancreas researcher with nPOD.
IIAM’s next recovery workshop will be held August 19-20, hosted by Donor Alliance in Denver, CO. Please contact an IIAM Regional Director for additional details (800-486-4426), or visit this page.