Dr Sara Shahrestani

Clinical Lecturer, Westmead Clinical School

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Thesis work

Thesis title: Improving Outcomes of Transplantation by Targeting Retrieval, Care and Complications

Supervisors: Henry PLEASS , Wayne HAWTHORNE

Thesis abstract:

This PhD aims to explore major problems in organ transplantation and work closely with the team at one of Australia’s leading transplant centres at Westmead hospital in order to propose and trial safe, economic and effective interventions to reduce complications for patients that are associated with organ shortage, retrieval and patient care. Specifically, we aim to explore the potential for expansion in the use of marginal donors for organ transplantation in order to address organ donation shortages. Additionally, in addressing all stages of the transplantation process, we hope to provide protocols for improving both retrieval and the care of patients post-transplantation through a better understanding of complications such as wound dehiscence, infection and immune-compromise and how operative procedures can play a role in reducing these complications.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Shahrestani, S., Hameed, A., Hitos, K., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2018). Optimal culture methods and microbial contamination during kidney ex vivo normothermic perfusion. Transplantation, 102(9), e398-e399. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Tran, H., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2018). Optimal surgical management in kidney and pancreas transplantation to minimise wound complications: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Medicine and Surgery, 33, 24-31. [More Information]
  • Cocco, A., Shahrestani, S., Cocco, N., Hameed, A., Yuen, L., Ryan, B., Hawthorne, W., Lam, V., Pleass, H. (2017). Dual kidney transplant techniques: A systematic review. Clinical Transplantation, 31(8), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Webster, A., Lam, V., Yuen, L., Ryan, B., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2017). Outcomes from pancreatic transplantation in donation after cardiac death: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Transplantation, 101(1), 122-130. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Robertson, P., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2017). The Authors' Reply. American Journal Of Transplantation, 101(2), e58. [More Information]
  • Cao, Y., Shahrestani, S., Chew, H., Crawford, M., Macdonald, P., Laurence, J., Hawthorne, W., Dhital, K., Pleass, H. (2016). Donation after circulatory death for liver transplantation: A meta-analysis on the location of life support withdrawal affecting outcomes. Transplantation, 100(7), 1513-1524. [More Information]
  • Guastella, A., Ward, P., Hickie, I., Shahrestani, S., Redoblado Hodge, M., Scott, E., Langdon, R. (2015). A single dose of oxytocin nasal spray improves higher-order social cognition in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 168(3), 628-633. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Stewart, E., Quintana, D., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2015). Heart rate variability during adolescent and adult social interactions: A meta-analysis. Biological Psychology, 105, 43-50. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Stewart, E., Quintana, D., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2014). Heart rate variability during social interactions in children with and without psychopathology: a meta-analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(9), 981-989. [More Information]
  • Krygier, J., Heathers, J., Shahrestani, S., Abbott, M., Gross, J., Kemp, A. (2013). Mindfulness Meditation, Well-being, and Heart Rate Variability: A Preliminary Investigation into the Impact of Intensive Vipassana Meditation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 305-313. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Kemp, A., Guastella, A. (2013). The Impact of a Single Administration of Intranasal Oxytocin on the Recognition of Basic Emotions in Humans: A Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38(10), 1929-1936. [More Information]
  • Krygier, J., Shahrestani, S., Kemp, A. (2012). The evidence for meditation. Australasian Science, 33(6).

2018

  • Shahrestani, S., Hameed, A., Hitos, K., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2018). Optimal culture methods and microbial contamination during kidney ex vivo normothermic perfusion. Transplantation, 102(9), e398-e399. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Tran, H., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2018). Optimal surgical management in kidney and pancreas transplantation to minimise wound complications: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Annals of Medicine and Surgery, 33, 24-31. [More Information]

2017

  • Cocco, A., Shahrestani, S., Cocco, N., Hameed, A., Yuen, L., Ryan, B., Hawthorne, W., Lam, V., Pleass, H. (2017). Dual kidney transplant techniques: A systematic review. Clinical Transplantation, 31(8), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Webster, A., Lam, V., Yuen, L., Ryan, B., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2017). Outcomes from pancreatic transplantation in donation after cardiac death: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Transplantation, 101(1), 122-130. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Robertson, P., Pleass, H., Hawthorne, W. (2017). The Authors' Reply. American Journal Of Transplantation, 101(2), e58. [More Information]

2016

  • Cao, Y., Shahrestani, S., Chew, H., Crawford, M., Macdonald, P., Laurence, J., Hawthorne, W., Dhital, K., Pleass, H. (2016). Donation after circulatory death for liver transplantation: A meta-analysis on the location of life support withdrawal affecting outcomes. Transplantation, 100(7), 1513-1524. [More Information]

2015

  • Guastella, A., Ward, P., Hickie, I., Shahrestani, S., Redoblado Hodge, M., Scott, E., Langdon, R. (2015). A single dose of oxytocin nasal spray improves higher-order social cognition in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 168(3), 628-633. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Stewart, E., Quintana, D., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2015). Heart rate variability during adolescent and adult social interactions: A meta-analysis. Biological Psychology, 105, 43-50. [More Information]

2014

  • Shahrestani, S., Stewart, E., Quintana, D., Hickie, I., Guastella, A. (2014). Heart rate variability during social interactions in children with and without psychopathology: a meta-analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(9), 981-989. [More Information]

2013

  • Krygier, J., Heathers, J., Shahrestani, S., Abbott, M., Gross, J., Kemp, A. (2013). Mindfulness Meditation, Well-being, and Heart Rate Variability: A Preliminary Investigation into the Impact of Intensive Vipassana Meditation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89(3), 305-313. [More Information]
  • Shahrestani, S., Kemp, A., Guastella, A. (2013). The Impact of a Single Administration of Intranasal Oxytocin on the Recognition of Basic Emotions in Humans: A Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38(10), 1929-1936. [More Information]

2012

  • Krygier, J., Shahrestani, S., Kemp, A. (2012). The evidence for meditation. Australasian Science, 33(6).

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