Michael Boeckh, MD, PhD (Chair)

Member, Vaccine and Infectious Disease & Clinical Research Divisions
Head, Infectious Disease Sciences Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Professor of Medicine, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Sung Won Choi, MD, MS

Associate Professor
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, MI

Karl S. Peggs, MB, BCh, MA, MRCP, FRCPath

Professor of Transplant Science and Cancer Immunotherapy
UCL Cancer Institute
University College London Hospitals
London, UK

Jointly Provided By

Activity Details


1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Released: June 5, 2017

Expires: June 5, 2018

1 hour to complete

No registration required

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of clinicians who manage cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) in patients who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT).

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Discuss important relationships between CMV and GVHD in HSCT
  • Summarize the management strategies for CMV in HSCT and implications for GVHD
  • Outline the mechanisms of CMV cellular immunotherapy and vaccines in immunocompromised HSCT recipients
  • Identify emerging therapies for refractory GVHD in HSCT recipients
  • Construct CMV and GVHD management strategies in HSCT to improve patient health outcomes

Activity Description

This curriculum is designed to assist healthcare professionals in developing CMV and GVHD management strategies to improve health outcomes in HSCT patients. Healthcare professionals will learn about current and emerging CMV and GVHD therapies, as well as important interactions between CMV and GVHD.



Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

  • Michael Boeckh, MD, PhD, has affiliations with Astellas, Chimerix, Merck (Research); Astellas, Chimerix, Helocyte, Merck, Microbiotix, Oxford Immunotec, and Shire (Consulting Fees).
  • Sung Won Choi, MD, MS, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
  • Karl S. Peggs, MB, BCh, MA, MRCP, FRCPath, has affiliations with Cell Medica (Speaker's Bureau).

RMEI Medical Education, LLC

  • Nora Hartley has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
  • Sherri Kramer, MD, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
The following PIM planners and managers, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP, have nothing to disclose.

Physician Continuing Medical Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RMEI Medical Education, LLC. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Receive Credit

By reviewing the course content and successfully completing the post-test and evaluation, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are entitled to receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. A statement of credit will be available to print immediately. Users must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures.
  • Participate in the activity.
  • Complete the activity evaluation.

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive CME credit. You must score 75% or higher on the post-test to receive credit for this activity. All other participants who successfully complete the post-test and evaluation will receive a certificate of participation.

Statement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an independent medical educational grant from Shire.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients' conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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