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Consensus conference recommendations on best practices in live kidney donation
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A consensus conference was held June 5-6, 2014 to identify best practices and knowledge gaps pertaining to live donor kidney transplantation and living kidney donation. An engaged, passionate, and diverse group of transplant professionals, patients, and other key stakeholders discussed processes for education, efficiencies, disparities, and systemic barriers. The meeting report of consensus recommendations was just released in AJT.

You will find an array of specific, multi-tiered recommendations for educational and clinical practice, priorities for research, and public policy initiatives to reduce burdens and barriers for donors. We are pleased to note that consensus conference participants remain engaged in disseminating these recommendations, with projects underway to develop clinical tools, to support policy initiatives aimed at protecting living donors, and to offer more detailed elucidation of recommendations in other manuscripts.

We encourage you to join the AST Living Donor Community of Practice to learn more, and to participate in this important work.
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Guide the future of AST
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In order to get a better sense of what the AST community wants to know, and how it wants information delivered, focus groups are being convened to discuss your needs and communication preferences as an AST member. The focus groups, consisting of 6 – 10 members each, will be hosted via conference call line. All participants will be sent an advance copy of the list of the questions that will be covered.

Your participation in a focus group is encouraged, as your input will help determine how communications are handled going forward. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cate Girone, AST's director of communications, at Cgirone@myast.org. In your message, please indicate which focus group times work best for you:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 12-1 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 2-3 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, Feb. 19 from 10-11 a.m. EST
  • Thursday, Feb. 26 from 12-1 p.m. EST
All focus group spots are first come-first served. We look forward to hearing what you have to say!

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Become a Fellow of the AST
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The AST Board proudly introduces a new designation to recognize those members of AST who have demonstrated a superior commitment to both AST and the transplantation field in general: “Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation.” Members who earn fellowship status will be permitted to append the FAST designation to their signatures as a public expression of their professional achievement.

Anyone who has been an AST member for at least five years may apply for this fellowship: see the AST website for details on how to apply.

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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
 


COP 2015 Election Call for Nominations
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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. For more information on how to nominate, please visit: http://www.myast.org/news/cop-call-for-nominations-2015.
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN TRANSPLANTATION


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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Understanding FQAPI: Free 12-part webinar series starting Feb. 11, 2015
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Join us and ASTS as we host a 12-part educational webinar series designed and presented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This series will detail all elements of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) including the new Focused QAPI worksheet, adverse events, the new mitigating factors regulation, and more.

Webinars are free to all: membership in AST or ASTS is not required. All webinars will be broadcast live, and the recordings will be made available on demand following the air date. View complete details and register at www.myAST.org/FQAPI.

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TRANSPLANT NEWS


Consensus conference on best practices in live kidney donation: Recommendations to optimize education, access, and care
American Journal of Transplantation
Live donor kidney transplantation is the best treatment option for most patients with late-stage chronic kidney disease; however, the rate of living kidney donation has declined in the United States. A consensus conference was held June 5–6, 2014 to identify best practices and knowledge gaps pertaining to live donor kidney transplantation and living kidney donation.
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Baseline donor chronic renal injury confers the same transplant survival disadvantage for DCD and DBD kidneys
American Journal of Transplantation
Histological assessment of baseline chronic kidney injury may discriminate kidneys that are suitable for transplantation, but has not been validated for appraisal of donation after circulatory death (DCD) kidneys. 'Time-zero' biopsies for 371 consecutive, solitary, deceased-donor kidneys transplanted at our center between 2006 and 2010 (65.5 percent DCD, 34.5 percent donation after brain death [DBD]) were reviewed and baseline chronic degenerative injury scored using Remuzzi's classification.
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Incidence, predictors, and outcomes of extubation failure in children after orthotopic heart transplantation: A single-center experience
Pediatric Cardiology via Springer Link
The objective of this study is to describe the incidence, etiologies, predictors, and outcomes of extubation failure in children undergoing orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT). A Retrospective, observational study was designed to evaluate clinical outcomes. . The study was conducted in a cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) setting at a single, tertiary care, academic children’s hospital. We collected demographic, pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative and peri-extubation data in a retrospective, observational format from patients who underwent OHT at our institution.
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High-risk age window for mortality in children with cystic fibrosis after lung transplantation
Pediatric Transplantation
LTx in children with CF remains controversial. The UNOS database was queried from 1987 to 2013 for CF patients less than 18 years of age at time of transplant. PCHR model was used to quantify hazard of mortality. Four hundred and eighty-nine recipients were included in the survival analysis. The hazard function of post-transplant mortality was plotted over attained age to identify age window of highest risk, which was 16–20 years.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Quantifying renal allograft loss following early antibody-mediated rejection (American Journal of Transplantation)
The safety and efficacy of splenic artery embolization for portal hyperperfusion in liver transplant recipients: A 5-year experience (Liver Transplantation)
Free February Webinars (AST)
COP 2015 Election Call for Nominations (AST)
A consensus document for the selection of lung transplant candidates: 2014—An update from the Pulmonary Transplantation Council of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation)

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Practice variation in Aspergillus prophylaxis and treatment among lung transplant centers: A national survey
Transplant Infectious Disease
Fungal infections remain a substantial cause of mortality in lung transplant (LTx) recipients, yet no comprehensive consensus guidelines have been established for antifungal prophylaxis and treatment of Aspergillus infection in these patients. A cross-sectional study surveyed the directors from 27 of 64 (45.5 percent) active LTx centers in the United States to examine clinical practice variations in Aspergillus prophylaxis and treatment of colonization and invasive aspergillosis (IA) in LTx recipients.
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