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If you are an AST member who received the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) in 2013, your subscription has been temporarily suspended. Renew your membership now to have your subscription reinstated and all back-issues sent to you. Be sure to pay your dues by April 1 so you don't lose additional member benefits, including significantly reduced registration for the World Transplant Congress (WTC) and access to free online education.

Early registration rates for WTC end on April 4! We encourage you to renew your membership today at Should you have any questions, please contact the AST National Office:

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Join the AST's webinars for this April, which are available on demand after the live air date.
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Participate in the AST Institutional Support Program
The AST offers numerous programs for transplant professionals and the support of the community is critically important to the success of the society's programs. By participating in the Institutional Support Program, your center's tax-deductible contribution of $3,000 will increase exposure for your center through electronic marketing, literature, and signage displays, as well as these other valuable benefits. In addition, your institution will be seen throughout the transplant community as having a vested interest in advancing the field of transplantation and improving patient care. Click here to participate in AST's Institutional Support Program, or contact Liz Piegzik, AST Associate Meeting Manager at

AST thanks the following organizations for their participation in the 2014 Institutional Support Program:
    University of Michigan Transplant Center
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

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Considerations for screening live kidney donors for endemic infections: a viewpoint on the UNOS policy
American Journal of Transplantation (login required)
In February 2013, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network mandated that transplant centers perform screening of living kidney donors prior to transplantation for Strongyloides, Trypanosoma cruzi and West Nile virus infection if the donor is from an endemic area. However, specific guidelines for screening were not provided, such as the optimal testing modalities, timing of screening prior to donation and the appropriate selection of donors. In this regard, the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Diseases Community of Practice, together with disease-specific experts, has developed this viewpoint document to provide guidance for the testing of live donors for Strongyloides, T. cruzi and WNV infection, specifically identifying at-risk populations and testing algorithms, including advantages, limitations and interpretation of results.
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Education and informed consent about increased risk donor kidneys: a national survey of non-physician transplant providers
Transplant Infectious Disease (login required)
Transplant providers must understand the definition of increased risk donor organs to effectively educate transplant candidates and obtain informed consent. This study surveyed non-physician providers from 20 transplant centers about their educational and informed consent practices of IRD kidneys.
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Clinical outcomes associated with the early postoperative use of heparin in pancreas transplantation
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Graft thrombosis following pancreas transplantation is the leading non-immunologic cause of graft loss. Routine systemic anticoagulation is controversial because of an increased bleeding risk. Data from this study suggest low-dose heparin early in the postoperative period may provide a protective benefit in the prevention of early graft loss resulting from thrombosis, without an increased risk of bleeding.
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Fever, infection and rejection after kidney transplant failure
Transplantation (login required)
Patients returning to dialysis therapy after renal transplant failure have high morbidity and retransplant rates. After observing frequent hospitalizations with fever after failure, it was hypothesized that maintaining immunosuppression for the failed allograft increases the risk of infection, while weaning immunosuppression can lead to symptomatic rejection mimicking infection.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    AST, transplant patient stakeholders claim victory, community applauds decision by CMS to abandon Medicare immunosuppressive drug coverage changes (The Hill)
UNOS announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors election results (AST)
The role of procurement biopsies in acceptance decisions for kidneys received for transplant (CJASN)
Study: Pneumonia in solid organ transplant recipients (Transplant Infectious Disease)

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Effects of cardiovascular comorbidity adjustment on SRTR risk-adjusted Cox proportional hazard models of graft survival
Transplantation (login required)
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services determine expected graft survivals to identify potentially underperforming transplant centers. There has been recent interest in evaluating adjustments for comorbidities when performing these calculations. This study was performed to determine the influence that adjustment for pre-transplant cardiovascular disease comorbidity can have on risk-adjusted Cox models, such as those used by SRTR and CMS.
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