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Kidney Week

Translational Session

Modern Scientific Breakthroughs: Are COVID-19 Vaccines Enough for Kidney Transplant Recipients?

November 04, 2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: WF3 Tangerine, Orange County Convention Center‚ West Building

Session Description

The clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines were executed with unprecedented efficiency, with three safe and effective vaccines authorized within a year. This achievement is one of the major scientific milestones achieved in recent years. Some studies have found that vaccinated transplant recipients produce a weak immune response. This session discusses recent evidence about COVID-19 vaccines and the mechanisms associated with establishing immune responses, with a special focus on kidney transplant recipients.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Discuss recent evidence about the effect of COVID-19 vaccines in establishing an immune response in kidney transplant recipients
  • Describe the mechanisms associated with establishing immune response against COVID-19
  • Evaluate the optimal COVID-19 vaccine regimen for kidney transplant recipients
  • Analyze available data from clinical trials to optimize immunosuppression management for patients

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Kidney Transplantation


  • Dianne B. McKay, MD
  • Miklos Zsolt Molnar, MD, PhD, FASN


  • COVID-19: Tweaking Immune Responses
    02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Maricar Malinis, MD
  • COVID-19: What We Know About Humoral and Cellular Responses?
    02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
    Paolo Cravedi, MD, PhD
  • Immune Responses in Transplant Recipients Who Received a Third Dose of mRNA-1273
    03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Atul Humar, MD, MS, MSc
  • Vaccine Effectiveness in Transplant Recipients
    03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
    Andrew H. Karaba, MD, PhD