The Role of IGRAs in Assessing CMV-Specific Cell-Mediated Immunity.

This activity offers CE credit for:
1. Physicians (CME)
2. Nurses (CNE)

Credit Expiration Date: September 30, 2017

Faculty

Hans H. Hirsch, MD, MSc
Professor, FMH Infectious Diseases,FMH Internal Medicine,FAMH Medical Microbiology Department of Biomedicine
University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland

Statement of Need

CMV is a serious threat to immunocompromised patients. Identifying more strategies for “harnessing the host immune response to CMV” would greatly reduce the negative impact that CMV has on immunocompromised individuals, particularly transplant patients.1

1. La Rosa, C, Diamond, DJ. The immune response to human CMV. Future Virol. 2012 Mar; 7(3):279-293.

Activity Goal

This program will inform health care providers about the importance of screening for CMV infection in transplant/ immunocompromised patients, and will look into IGRAs and their utility as an accurate predictor of CMV infection.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME activity, participants should be able to:

 

1. Review the challenges of managing cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in haematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) patients
2. Discuss recent data on the potential clinical utility of IGRAs in assessing CMV-specific cell-mediated immunity in HCT patients
3. Be more aware of the clinical value that IGRAs may have on pre-emptive or prophylaxis strategies for CMV
 

Target Audience

The target audience of this program is physicians, surgeons, scientists, nurses, and pharmacists who are interested in the clinical and research aspects of haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT).

Financial Support

This program is supported by an educational grant from Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

Credit Information

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of CME Outfitters, LLC and Jespersen & Associates, LLC. CME Outfitters, LLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE Credit (Nurses): Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 1.0 contact hours.

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Prof. Dr. med. Hans H. Hirsch, MD, MSc : no relationship to disclose

Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer): no relationships to disclose

Caitlin Harrington (planning committee): no relationships to disclose

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