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AST Board of Directors Elections – now open
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Voting is now open for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors! All eligible AST members are encouraged to vote. The deadline to vote is 5 p.m. EST on Monday, May 4, 2015. The election results will be announced at the AST Town Hall Meeting during the American Transplant Congress.: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 5:45 p.m. EST.
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ATC 2016 program submission available
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The 2016 American Transplant Congress Program Planning Committee is now accepting program proposals for scientific sessions to be held June 11-15, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Participate in the Call for Programs and share your experience and knowledge with leaders in the transplantation community from across the globe. The deadline to submit proposals is June 5, 2015.
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AST volunteer leaders - thank you!
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As you may know, this week is National Volunteer Week, the annual celebration observed in the United States and in Canada to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. AST volunteer leaders: you are the lifeblood of our organization, and you dedicate an incredible amount of time and effort to our society and to the field of transplantation. Thank you for all that you do!
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You care about your transplant patients. And so do we. That’s why we’re introducing Astellas Cares—a new program that offers you customized tools, educational resources, and comprehensive support to help your patients care for their health. To register, visit AstellasCares.com/Transplant today.
 


WEBINAR: Cytomegalovirus: Prevention, Therapy, Immunity
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Register today at www.myAST.org/T3 for this CMV webinar taking place on Tuesday, April 21 from 2-3 pm ET. This webinar is free for AST members and groups are welcome to view together.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the importance of CMV prevention, along with the various approaches used for optimal prevention
  • Explain the standard treatment for CMV infection and disease in transplant recipients and discuss novel antiviral drugs
  • Describe the potential for using immune monitoring tools to refine and improve prevention and treatment strategies

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Transplant Roundtable DoT funding testimony
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The AST participates in the Transplant Roundtable, a group of organizations that work together to advocate for transplant-related issues. The Transplant Roundtable recently submitted testimony to support increased funding for the Division of Transplantation (DoT). Given the need for donor organs and the important programs administered by the DoT, the Transplant Roundtable requested an additional 3 million in funding. This would bring the DoT budget to $26,549,000, finally above it's historical high $25 million achieved back in 2002: read the details here.
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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
 


UPCOMING EVENTS IN TRANSPLANTATION


Mark your calendar! AST Town Hall and Excellence in Transplantation Reception at ATC
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AST members – 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 members and leaders 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. Let us know if you're coming! RSVP here.

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Community of Practice (COP) meetings at ATC
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Everyone is welcome to attend any of the AST COP meetings at ATC. The meetings will include an update on COP business and give you an opportunity to network with your peers. All COP meetings are open to anyone interested in attending, and you may attend as many as you like. Visit the RSVP link by April 23.
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ATC goes green
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In an effort to bring environmental awareness to the ATC, there will be no printed program book. In place of the printed program book, ATC has updated the Congress Mobile App to include a robust itinerary planner and abstract viewer. The planner will allow attendees to view all sessions, read full asbtracts, and build onsite itineraries.

ATC is also offering the opportunity for attendees to rent an iPad to use onsite. The iPad will automatically have the ATC15 Mobile App downloaded. A limited number of iPads are available to rent, so please take advantage of this opportunity.

Mobile App Information

iPad Rental

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TRANSPLANT NEWS


Lung transplantation with donation after circulatory determination of death donors and the impact of ex vivo lung perfusion
American Journal of Transplantation
The growing demand for suitable lungs for transplantation drives the quest for alternative strategies to expand the donor pool. The aim of this study is to evaluate the outcomes of lung transplantation (LTx) with donation after circulatory determination of death (DCDD) and the impact of selective ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP).
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Quantifying prognostic impact of prescription opioid use before kidney transplantation through linked registry and pharmaceutical claims data
Transplantation
Limited data are available on the outcome implications of prescription narcotic use before kidney transplantation. This study examined a novel database wherein national transplant registry identifiers for kidney transplant recipients were linked to records from a large U.S. pharmaceutical claims clearinghouse (2005‐2010).
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Prognostic implications of serial risk score assessments in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension: A Registry to Evaluate Early and Long-Term Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Disease Management (REVEAL) analysis
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Data from the Registry to Evaluate Early and Long-Term Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Disease Management (REVEAL) were used previously to develop a risk score calculator to predict 1-year survival. We evaluated prognostic implications of changes in the risk score and individual risk-score parameters over 12 months. Patients were grouped by decreased, unchanged, or increased risk score from enrollment to 12 months.
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Should HLA mismatch acceptability for sensitized transplant candidates be determined at the high-resolution rather than the antigen level?
American Journal of Transplantation
Defining HLA mismatch acceptability of organ transplant donors for sensitized recipients has traditionally been based on serologically defined HLA antigens. Now, however, it is well accepted that HLA antibodies specifically recognize a wide range of epitopes present on HLA antigens and that molecularly defined high resolution alleles corresponding to the same low resolution antigen can possess different epitope repertoires.
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Lung transplant waitlist mortality: Height as a predictor of poor outcomes
Pediatric Transplantation
The LAS was designed to minimize pretransplant mortality while maximizing post-transplant outcome. Recipients less than 12 are not allocated lungs based on LAS. Waitlist mortality has decreased for those greater than 12, but not less than 12, suggesting this population may be disadvantaged. To identify predictors of waitlist mortality, a retrospective analysis of the UNOS database was performed since implementation of the LAS.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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Gut microbiota and tacrolimus dosing in kidney transplantation (PLOS ONE)
HIV-positive–to–HIV-positive kidney transplantation — results at 3 to 5 years (The New England Journal of Medicine)
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