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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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OPTN/UNOS MPSC Performance Review toolkit and town hall webinar
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An electronic toolkit is available with educational resources to help transplant programs better understand the performance review processes of the Membership and Professsional Standards Committee (MPSC). The toolkit features educational recordings and reference materials to clarify current processes: access the toolkit here.

Transplant programs are also invited to participate in an OPTN/UNOS MPSC performance review virtual town hall on May 5, 2015 from 3-4 p.m. ET: register here.

Questions? Contact UNOS Instructional Innovations at education@unos.org.

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Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: A new webinar series
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The AST Live Donor Community of Practice announces the Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) webinar series. This nine-part series starts on May 27 and runs through December, offering valuable resources for ILDAs. The entire series is free to AST members and their associates, just register with an AST member username and password at www.myAST.org/ILDA.

Non-members can purchase access to all nine webinars for just $200. Eligible non-members can join AST as a non-doctoral member and the webinar series is included in their $90 annual dues. Find out more at www.myAST.org/ILDA.

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN TRANSPLANTATION


AST events at ATC:
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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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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
 


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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  Missing or Broken Doppler Probes?

VTI’s disposable intraoperative Doppler probes are ready to verify technical results. There’s no longer the need to perform sterilization that frequently causes irreversible damage to the traditional Doppler probes. Advantages include fewer replacements of conventional Doppler probes damaged during sterilization, OR time saved, and a reduction in specialty procedures.
 


TRANSPLANT NEWS


Socioeconomic status and ethnicity of deceased donor kidney recipients compared to their donors
American Journal of Transplantation
Public perception and misperceptions of socioeconomic disparities affect the willingness to donate organs. To improve our understanding of the flow of deceased donor kidneys, we analyzed socioeconomic status (SES) and racial/ethnic gradients between donors and recipients. In a retrospective cohort study, traditional demographic and socioeconomic factors, as well as an SES index, were compared in 56,697 deceased kidney donor and recipient pairs transplanted between 2007 and 2012.
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Health literacy in patients referred for transplant: Do patients have the capacity to understand?
Clinical Transplantation
Adequate levels of health literacy are needed for transplant recipients to be able to understand and comply with medical recommendations. However, little is known about health literacy among transplant candidates. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the levels of health literacy and cognitive functioning among patients being evaluated for various types of transplantation.
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Pediatric cardiac retransplantation: Waitlist mortality stratified by age and era
The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Waitlist mortality among children listed for primary heart transplant (HTx) has been well characterized, whereas limited data exist for cardiac retransplantation (CRTx) after pediatric primary HTx. We sought to characterize the population listed for CRTx and to determine the factors that affect waitlist mortality.
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Higher mortality in registrants with sudden model for end-stage liver disease increase: Disadvantaged by the current allocation policy
Liver Transplantation
Liver allocation is based on current Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores, with priority in the case of a tie being given to those waiting the longest with a given MELD score. We hypothesized that this priority might not reflect risk: registrants whose MELD score has recently increased receive lower priority but might have higher wait-list mortality. We studied wait-list and posttransplant mortality in 69,643 adult registrants from 2002 to 2013.
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Prognostic value of cardiac tests in potential kidney transplant recipients: A systematic review
Transplantation
Whether abnormal myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, dobutamine stress echocardiography or coronary angiography, performed during preoperative evaluation for potential kidney transplant recipients, predicts future cardiovascular morbidity is unclear. We assessed test performance for predicting all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACE).
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Newt Gingrich: Double the NIH budget (The New York Times)
New-onset diabetes after transplantation: Results from a double-blind early corticosteroid withdrawal trial (American Journal of Transplantation)
Efficacy of plasmapheresis on donor-specific antibody reduction by HLA specificity in post–kidney transplant recipients (Transfusion)
Across all solid organs, adolescent age recipients have worse transplant organ survival than younger age children: A US national registry analysis (Pediatric Transplantation)
Early post-transplant survival: Interaction of MELD score and hospitalization status (Journal of Hepatology)

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