The 63rd annual Plastic Surgery Research Council meeting was held in Birmingham, Alabama May 17-20, 2018.

Firuz Gamal Feturi, BS and PhD candidate was awarded J.K. Hardesty, MD Best Poster Award at 2018 Plastic Surgery Research Council May 17-20, 2018. Feturi’s abstract was titled Single Locally Implanted Tacrolimus-eluting Disk Promotes Long-term Vascularized Composite Allograft Survival via Loco-regional Immunosuppression and Without Systemic Side Effects.
For the first time in organ transplantation, a novel, re-loadable drug delivery system that consists of an encapsulated sustained-release version of oral TAC alone or combined with other drugs was developed that provides sustained drug release into the graft tissues and regional lymph nodes, while minimizing systemic blood levels. This results in lower overall systemic drug exposure, while the sustained loco regional delivery facilitates VCA survival.
Feturi, is a fifth year clinical pharmaceutical science graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Professor Raman Venkataramaan, PhD is her faculty adviser and Dr. Mario Solari, MD and Dr. Alexander Spiess are her Co-mentors.