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COP 2015 Election Call for Nominations – due Friday, Feb. 13
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The AST is holding its annual Call for Nominations for 2015 COP Elections. Each COP Executive Committee represents the governing body of their respective community.

To nominate yourself or a fellow colleague, both you and the nominee must be a member of that specific COP. Nominees must be an AST member in good standing. For more information on how to nominate, please visit: http://www.myast.org/news/cop-call-for-nominations-2015. For any additional questions, please contact Jason Polinsky at jpolinsky@myast.org.
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN TRANSPLANTATION


Demystifying FQAPI and the new mitigating factors regulation
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Please join us as we review the Focused Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement Survey (FQAPI) pilot program and plans for 2015. This free webinar will highlight the link between QAPI and the mitigating factors process.

This free webinar will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 at 12 p.m. EST (noon), and is open to all transplant professionals. We welcome all members of your transplant team to register today: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/cyowqfdtiqzr&eom.

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Multiorgan Transplantation and Complex Living Donors: Free February Webinars
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Multiorgan Transplantation: One Organ Too Many? Tuesday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. EST.
Register today at www.myAST.org/T3 - free for AST members. A review of the current data and experience with combined liver and kidney transplantation, exploring the controversial topics of when to allocate a kidney to candidates with liver failure and acute kidney injury.

Medically Complex Living Donors: Candidacy, Care, and Informed Consent: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2 p.m. EST.
Register today at www.myAST.org/T3 - free for AST members. Distinguish between “low risk donors” and medically complex living donors, evaluate the meanings of new studies regarding donor risk, and refine the current informed consent process in light of the evolving data.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  UCLA Immunogenetics Center

The UCLA Immunogenetics Center (UIC) provides comprehensive testing for organ and tissue transplantation. Transplant testing has a long history at UCLA. HLA typing was pioneered here in the 1960's. The development of the microcytoxicity test in 1964 marked the beginning of international testing and standardization of HLA typing. The UCLA Immunogenetics Center has retained its leadership position in HLA research, and in the development of accompanying diagnostic testing. MORE
 


The Cutting Edge of Transplantation: Feb. 5-7, 2015
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Cell therapy is showing great promise for tissue repair/regeneration and for immune modulation. Come to the Cutting Edge of Transplantation to hear Kathryn Wood, DPhil help us navigate regulatory T cells and discuss how the the transplant community should:
  • Define which Treg population to use
  • Optimize ex vivo expansion strategies
  • Determine when Treg cell therapy can offer most benefit
  • Define interactions with immunosuppressive drugs
Come to sunny Arizona Feb. 5-7, 2015 – register now: www.myAST.org/CEOT

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OTHER NEWS


Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest: Why I Celebrate My Transplant Nurse
International Transplant Nurses Society
The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives. The winning essay will be featured in a future issue of the ITNS Insider newsletter. In addition, the winning nurse will receive a recognition award, a letter will be sent to his or her supervisor, and he or she will be acknowledged on the ITNS website and in an ITNS E-Updates membership email.

Who can enter?
Any transplant patient currently or formerly under the care of a transplant nurse who is a member of ITNS can participate. Patients should ask their nurse or transplant coordinator if he or she is a member of ITNS.

What do I need to submit?
  • A copy of the completed entry form.
  • A 300-500 word essay focusing on the topic "My Transplant Nurse: A Perfect Match." Each essay must be original, authentic, unpublished, and the sole property of the entrant.
  • Entries should be emailed to info@itns.org
View the contest details and entry form and submit an entry before the March 13, 2015 deadline.

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TRANSPLANT NEWS


Communication gaps associated with donor-derived infections
American Journal of Transplantation
The detection and management of potential donor-derived infections is challenging, in part due to the complexity of communications between diverse labs, organ procurement organizations (OPOs), and recipient transplant centers. We sought to determine if communication delays or errors occur in the reporting and management of donor-derived infections and if these are associated with preventable adverse events in recipients.
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Therapeutic hypothermia in acute liver failure: A multicenter retrospective cohort analysis
Liver Transplantation
The benefit of therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in acute liver failure (ALF) has not been previously demonstrated in a controlled fashion. This study sought to determine the impact of TH on 21-day survival and complications in ALF patients at high risk for cerebral edema. This was a retrospective cohort study of ALF patients in the US Acute Liver Failure Study Group with grade III or IV hepatic encephalopathy.
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Liver regeneration after living donor transplantation: Adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation cohort study
Liver Transplantation
Adult-to-adult living donors and recipients were studied to characterize patterns of liver growth and identify associated factors in a multicenter study. Three hundred and fifty donors and 353 recipients in the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study (A2ALL) receiving transplants between March 2003 and February 2010 were included. Potential predictors of 3-month liver volume included total and standard liver volumes (TLV and SLV), Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score (in recipients), the remnant and graft size, remnant-to-donor and graft-to-recipient weight ratios (RDWR and GRWR), remnant/TLV, and graft/SLV.
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Impact of recipient body mass index on short-term and long-term survival of pancreatic grafts
Transplantation
The impact of recipient body mass index on graft and patient survival after pancreas transplantation is not well known. This study has analyzed data from all pancreas transplant recipients reported in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients between 1987 and 2011. Recipients were categorized into BMI classes, as defined by the World Health Organization. Short-term (90 days) and long-term (90 days to 5 years) patient and graft survivals were analyzed according to recipient BMI class using Kaplan-Meier estimates. Hazard ratios were estimated using Cox proportional hazard models.
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Variation in biliary complication rates following liver transplantation: Implications for cost and outcome
American Journal of Transplantation
Although biliary complications (BCs) have a significant impact on the outcome of liver transplantation (LT), variation in BC rates among transplant centers has not been previously analyzed. BC rate, LT outcome and spending were assessed using linked Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and Medicare claims (n = 16 286 LTs). Transplant centers were assigned to BC quartiles based upon risk-adjusted observed to expected (O:E) ratio of BC separately for donation after brain death (DBD) and donation after cardiac death (DCD) donors.
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