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ATC: The countdown begins!
By Roz Mannon
In just 4 weeks, we will convene in Seattle for the 13th meeting of the American Transplant Congress. As in years past, the organizing committee, which consists of representatives from both AST and ASTS, has put together a jam-packed program of provocative symposia, presentations and workshops on updates in current practice, new insights into alloimmune injury, and emerging research discoveries within our field.
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SOCIETY NEWS


Free UNOS webinar series on new living kidney donor policy requirements
  • May 29: OPTN requirements for informed consent of living kidney donors
  • Aug. 21: OPTN requirements for the medical and psychosocial evaluations of living kidney donors
  • Nov. 6: OPTN Requirements for living kidney donor follow up
CEPTC credit is available. All webinars are 2-3 p.m. ET. Click here for more information and to register for the May 29 webinar. For questions, contact Kim Johnson, MS, Instructional Innovations Coordinator, at (804) 782-4654 or kim.johnson@unos.org.

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AST board of directors online elections now open
Eligible AST members are encouraged to cast their votes for the AST board of directors, as well as various bylaw revisions. The voting site will prompt you to login to the AST website where you will find more detailed information. Usernames and passwords were sent to eligible members earlier this week.

Election results will be announced at the AST Town Hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 20, at 5:45 p.m. in Room 2 A/B of the Washington State Convention Center. Email Nicole Poponi, AST director of membership, with questions.

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AST offers free webinars live and on demand
AST's Timely Topics in Transplantation webinar series is available free to members 24/7 online. Newly-added webinars include "DSA: New Concerns and New Therapies," "New Strategies in Hepatitis Management," and "Meeting the Challenges of Resistance."

AST's Business of Transplantation webinar series consists of live monthly webinars available in archive format shortly after the air date. To see the May and June broadcast dates, or view archived broadcasts, click here.

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Get recognition and increased exposure for your transplant center
The AST Institutional Support Program provides transplant centers with recognition opportunities and benefits throughout the year in exchange for a contribution of $3,000. This contribution will be used to support AST's core missions of education, research, advocacy and organ donation. AST offers numerous programs for transplant professionals and the support of the community is critically important to the success of the society's programs.

Click here for more information and to confirm your participation. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Attention job seekers: Participate in AST's Career Connections at ATC
Are you currently looking for a new position in the field of transplantation? Will you be attending the ATC in Seattle? Then we encourage you to browse AST's Career Center for open jobs and participate in the ATC Career Connections Event! All job postings with the ATC logo next to them indicate that the employer will also be attending ATC, and is looking to potentially interview candidates while both parties are at the meeting. Should an employer wish to meet with you, they will coordinate a mutually convenient time, and AST will provide a space for the interview to be conducted. Learn more about this opportunity here. If you have any questions, please contact the AST National Office at info@myAST.org.
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AST town hall meeting: Many voices, one goal
AST members are invited to attend a town hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 20 at 5:45 p.m. in room 2 A/B at the Washington State Convention Center. The town hall will provide a forum for open discussion between the membership and the leadership about key issues impacting the society and field of transplantation, and how the society is positioned to address those key issues. In addition, we'll announce the Board of Director election results, recognize and honor AST volunteer leadership, and award the 2013 research grants. RSVP for the Town Hall/Excellence in Transplantation Reception here.

If you are not already an AST member and are interested in learning more, click here to complete an online membership application. The town hall meeting is supported in part with funding from Genentech, Sanofi and Association Headquarters.

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Plan to attend AST events!
AST is hosting a variety of meetings and events at ATC, and you're invited! Click here for a list of events open to both members and non-members. Contact Jason Polinsky with questions.
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TRANSPLANT NEWS


Local access to subspecialty care influences the chance of receiving a liver transplant
Liver Transplantation (subscription required)
Prior studies have examined the impact of demographic factors on liver transplant outcomes. These factors may be surrogate markers for access to medical care. Researchers investigated physician density in referred patients' hospital service areas (HSAs) as a factor in patients' probability of receiving a liver transplant. Researchers performed a retrospective review of patients referred for liver transplantation from 2002 through 2010.
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Renal artery stenting may protect allografts
Renal & Urology News
Renal artery angioplasty and stenting may help improve outcomes in kidney transplant recipients who have stenosis in their transplanted renal artery, researchers reported at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Robert Lookstein, Chief of Interventional Radiology and Associate Professor of Radiology and Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and his colleagues conducted a single center retrospective review to examine the long-term effects of stenting in renal transplant patients diagnosed with transplant renal artery stenosis (TRAS) resulting in acute, acute on chronic, or chronic kidney dysfunction.
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Complement mediated renal inflammation induced by donor brain death: Role of renal C5a-C5aR interaction
American Journal of Transplantation (login required)
Kidneys retrieved from brain-dead donors have impaired allograft function after transplantation compared to kidneys from living donors. Donor brain death (BD) triggers inflammatory responses, including both systemic and local complement activation. The mechanism by which systemic activated complement contributes to allograft injury remains to be elucidated. The aim of a recent study was to investigate systemic C5a release after BD in human donors and direct effects of C5a on human renal tissue.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Transmission of Strongyloides stercoralis through transplantation of solid organs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Reciprocal interaction between intestinal microbiota and mucosal lymphocyte in cynomolgus monkeys after alemtuzumab treatment (American Journal of Transplantation)
Outcomes and predictive factors of pediatric kidney transplants: An analysis of the Thai Transplant Registry (Pediatric Transplantation)

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Economic and financial outcomes in transplantation: whose dime is it anyway?
Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation (subscription required)
Organ transplant is a resource-intensive service that has been subjected to increasing scrutiny in this era of cost containment. A detailed understanding of the economic (societal) and financial (transplant provider) implications of organ quality, recipient characteristics, and allocation policy is vital for the transplant professionals.
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Erythrocytosis after liver transplantation: The experience of a university hospital
Liver Transplantation
The prevalence and causes of erythrocytosis after liver transplantation have never been studied, even though this condition is known to predispose patients to thrombosis leading to graft failure or death. Erythrocytosis after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) can be defined as an increase in the red cell mass >125 percent in patients without a pre-OLT history of this condition.
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Hyponatremia linked to thiazide use
Renal & Urology News
Thiazide use is associated with an increased risk of hyponatremia, and this risk is influenced by age and body mass index (BMI), according to a population-based study. Compared with individuals not exposed to thiazides, those who took the medications had a nearly fivefold increased risk of hyponatremia, researchers reported online ahead of print in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.
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Size-related assessment on viability and insulin secretion of caprine islets
in vitro

Xenotransplantation (subscription required)
The successful isolation, purification and culture of caprine islets has recently been reported. The present study shows arange of size distribution in caprine islet diameter from 50 to 250 μm, in which 80 percent of the total islet yield was comprised of small islets.
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Identifying potential kidney donors using social networking websites
Clinical Transplantation
Social networking sites like Facebook may be a powerful tool for increasing rates of live kidney donation. They allow for wide dissemination of information and discussion and could lessen anxiety associated with a face-to-face request for donation. However, sparse data exist on the use of social media for this purpose. Researchers recently searched Facebook, the most popular social networking site, for publicly available English-language pages seeking kidney donors for a specific individual, abstracting information on the potential recipient, characteristics of the page itself, and whether potential donors were tested.
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Kidney regeneration and repair after transplantation
Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation (subscription required)
A recent study briefly shows which mechanisms and cell types involved in kidney regeneration and describes some of the therapies currently under study in regenerative medicine for kidney transplantation. The kidney contains cell progenitors that under specific circumstances have the ability to regenerate specific structures. Apart from the knowledge gained in the self-regenerative properties of the kidney, new concepts in regenerative medicine such as organ engineering and the use of mesenchymal stem cell-based therapies are currently the focus of attention in the field.
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