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Free March Webinar
1. Monitoring the Alloresponse Before and After Transplantation: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2 p.m. EST.
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Review the available data on pre- and post-transplant immune monitoring and how incorporating specific tests may help us diagnose, predict, and better treat our transplant recipients.

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Mark your calendar! AST Town Hall and Excellence in Transplantation Reception at ATC
We invite all AST members to attend the AST Town Hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 4, at 5:45 p.m. This meeting provides a forum for open discussion between AST membership and leadership about key issues impacting our society and field of transplantation.

Immediately following the Town Hall meeting, join friends and colleagues for the Excellence in Transplantation Reception.

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  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


OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report: Deceased organ donation
American Journal of Transplantation
The status of deceased organ donation is assessed using metrics such as donation/conversation rate, organ yield, and rate of organs recovered for transplant and not transplanted. These metrics are based on eligible deaths (brain death of a person aged 70 years or younger) as well as on actual donors. The 9132 eligible deaths reported in 2013 represented a slight increase over 2012. The donation/conversion rate was 71.3 eligible donors per 100 eligible deaths, a slight decline from 2012, and varied by donation service area from 50.0 to 87.0.
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Fee-for-value and wRVU-based physician productivity—an emerging paradox
American Journal of Transplantation
In this edition of AJT, Abouljoud et al present a timely and important perspective on transplant physician compensation. The authors draw parallels between the tenets and principles behind the role of primary care in the Medical Home, and the care of transplant recipients as provided by transplant physicians and surgeons. These include functions typically attributed to primary care, such as development of a care model with coordination of care between various specialties to improve the quality of healthcare while decreasing costs.
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Early changes in liver distribution following implementation of Share 35
American Journal of Transplantation
In June 2013, a change to the liver waitlist priority algorithm was implemented. Under Share 35, regional candidates with MELD greater than or equal to 35 receive higher priority than local candidates with MELD less than 35. We compared liver distribution and mortality in the first 12 months of Share 35 to an equivalent time period before.
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OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report: Economics
American Journal of Transplantation
While the costs to Medicare of solid organ transplant are varied and considerable, solid organ transplantation remains one of the most cost-effective surgical interventions in medicine. Heart transplant, the most expensive of the major transplants, is likely cost-effective; SRTR has released an Excel-based tool for investigators to use in exploring this question further. It is likely that most solid organ transplants are cost-effective, given the results presented here and the relatively high cost of heart transplant. However, this must be verified with further study.
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Postoperative atrial fibrillation in liver transplantation
American Journal of Transplantation
Postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) is common after major surgeries and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. POAF after liver transplantation (LT) has not been reported. This study was undertaken to investigate the incidence, impact, and risk factors of POAF in LT patients. After IRB approval, LT between January 2006 and August 2013 at our center were retrospectively reviewed. POAF that occurred within 30 days after LT was included.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Solid organ transplantation from hepatitis B virus–positive donors: Consensus guidelines for recipient management (American Journal of Transplantation)
Renal function in de novo liver transplant recipients receiving different prolonged-release tacrolimus regimens—The DIAMOND study (American Journal of Transplantation)
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Liver sharing and organ procurement organization performance (Liver Transplantation)
Racial and ethnic disparities in pediatric renal allograft survival in the United States (Kidney International)

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