Prof. Dr. Burkhard Tönshoff
Key qualification(s) that will be of interest to attendees at this conference: Chair, Cooperative European Pediatric Renal Transplant Initiative (CERTAIN); Chair, ESPN Working Group “Transplantation”
Special awards or recognition: Editor-in-Chief, journal “Pediatric Transplantation.
Field or specialization; include number of years’ experience: Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Transplantation; 35 years of experience
Burkhard Tönshoff, MD, PhD, is professor of pediatrics and pediatric nephrology at the University Children’s Hospital Heidelberg, Germany; Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics I (General Pediatrics, Neuropediatrics, Metabolism, Gastroenterology, and Nephrology); Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Program. His current research focuses on various issues in acute and chronic kidney disease and renal transplantation, such as studies on the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety of novel immunosuppressive drugs in pediatric renal transplant recipients, optimization of immunosuppressive therapy by therapeutic drug monitoring and immune monitoring, prevention of infectious and other complications after renal transplantation, biomarker-guided minimization of immunosuppressive therapy and the impact of donor-specific HLA and non-HLA antibodies on graft histology and function. In the year 2009 he founded the Cooperative European Paediatric Renal Transplant Initiative (CERTAIN; www.certain-registry.eu) as a multicenter research network and platform built on a novel, web-based registry.