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ATC 2016 program submission available
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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Shopping on Amazon? Help AST at the same time
Whether you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift or re-stocking your groceries, make sure you do your Amazon shopping through so that 0.5 percent of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases go to the AST.
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QAPI Webinar: Objective Measures – Monitoring & Evaluating Services
Join us and ASTS on Wednesday, May 13 at Noon ET for the third installment of a monthly webinar series designed and presented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This webinar will offer an insightful look into developing objective measures that allow monitoring and evaluation of transplantation activities in order to improve outcomes. Register today!

The content of this presentation is determined independently by CMS without input or endorsement from either the ASTS or AST. Both societies appreciate CMS providing this information to the transplant community and are pleased to facilitate that process.

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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 today.


AST events at ATC:
We hope you are able to join us at the following events at ATC. Everything takes place in the Philadelphia Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

-Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony – Sunday, May 3 at 10 a.m., Terrace Ballroom 400 Level

-Town Hall and Excellence Reception (AST members only) – Monday, May 4 at 5:45 p.m., 200 Level Foyer

-Achievement Awards Ceremony – Tuesday, May 5 at 9:15 a.m., Terrace Ballroom 400 Level

-President’s Address – Tuesday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m., Terrace Ballroom 400 Level

-Community of Practice (COP) Meetings – see the attached schedule for the COP meeting times and locations.

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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

ATC goes green
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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Newt Gingrich: Double the NIH budget
The New York Times
No one who lived through the 1990s would have suspected that one day people would look back on the period as a golden age of bipartisan cooperation. But in some important ways, it was. Amid the policy fights that followed the Republican victories of 1994, President Bill Clinton and the new majorities in Congress reached one particularly good deal: doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health.
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New-onset diabetes after transplantation: Results from a double-blind early corticosteroid withdrawal trial
American Journal of Transplantation
New-onset diabetes after transplantation (NODAT) is an important complication following kidney transplantation. Data from the 5-year early steroid withdrawal double-blind randomized trial were analyzed to determine if steroid avoidance reduced the NODAT risk. Incidence, timing and risk factors for NODAT were evaluated using eight definitions.
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Early post-transplant survival: Interaction of MELD score and hospitalization status
Journal of Hepatology
Urgency-based allocation that relies on the MELD score prioritizes patients at the highest risk of waitlist mortality. However, identifying patients at greatest risk for short-term post-transplant mortality is needed in order to optimize the potential gains in overall survival obtained through improved long-term management of transplant recipients. There are limited data on the predictive ability of MELD score for early post-transplant mortality, and no data assessing the interaction between MELD score and hospitalization status.
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Efficacy of plasmapheresis on donor-specific antibody reduction by HLA specificity in post–kidney transplant recipients
Donor-specific antibodies (DSAs) to HLA antigens can cause acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) after kidney transplantation (Txp). Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) has been used for AMR treatment; however, DSA reduction rates are inconsistent. We investigated DSA reduction rates by HLA specificity and clinical outcome.
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Across all solid organs, adolescent age recipients have worse transplant organ survival than younger age children: A US national registry analysis
Pediatric Transplantation
Univariate analyses suggest that adolescents have worse long-term allograft survival versus younger children across different SOT. This study's objective was to determine whether multivariate analyses of a large national database recording all deceased SOT (KI; LI; HR; LU) also show worse adolescent allograft survival in the different organs. Using data from the national Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients in the USA for pediatric primary SOT from 1989 to 2010, we calculated median half-lives and constructed K–M graft survival curves.
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How missing/unknown/extreme values will be handled in the new SRTR riskadjustment models for kidney programs
Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
SRTR is developing new risk-adjustment models that will be used to assess program performance. These new models will handle missing data differently from past models. This brief report aims to familiarize programs with how missing data will be handled as new risk-adjustment models are implemented. New risk models for kidney recipient posttransplant outcomes will be used starting in the spring 2015 cycle of the program-specific reports (to be released publicly in June 2015), and they will use the new method of handling missing values.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Should HLA mismatch acceptability for sensitized transplant candidates be determined at the high-resolution rather than the antigen level? (American Journal of Transplantation)
Lung transplant waitlist mortality: Height as a predictor of poor outcomes (Pediatric Transplantation)
Lung transplantation with donation after circulatory determination of death donors and the impact of ex vivo lung perfusion (American Journal of Transplantation)
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