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Conversations with the President

In his latest blog, AST President Dr. Robert S. Gaston discusses topics addressed at the recent Northwestern/ASTS/AST sponsored consensus conference on donor-transmitted diseases.

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AST Board of Directors elections
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Voting is now open for the American Society of Transplantation's Board of Directors. Eligible AST members may vote by proxy in the new online election format. Vacant seats on the board include president-elect, secretary-treasurer and four councilors-at-large.

All votes must be cast by Monday, June 4, 2012 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Learn more and vote.

AST community of practice elections — Voting deadline approaching
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All AST community of practice members are encouraged to vote for executive committee members via our new online mechanism. The deadline for voting is Friday, May 4. Vote today.

Pfizer Advancing Research in Transplantation Science (ARTS) Grant Program
Pfizer is proud to support the ARTS Grants Program - a competitive, independent, peer-reviewed program for investigators in the United States.*

To apply for research grants and learn more about the program, the PfizerARTS website ( will open for submissions on March 1, 2012 and the deadline for submissions is April 30, 2012 at midnight.

*Program open to US investigators only.

Notice of AST business meeting
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The AST Business Meeting will take place during the upcoming American Transplant Congress (ATC). All members are invited to attend the business meeting which is scheduled for Monday, June 4, 2012 at 5:45 p.m. in the Republic Foyer at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. During the meeting, related AST business will be discussed, and the results of the AST elections will be announced. We will also be recognizing outgoing leadership and welcoming the newly elected board members. We hope to see you there!

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Facebook is hoping to get a little help from its friends in lessening the number of people waiting for an organ donation. The mammoth social media network's CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that users in the United States and U.K. will be able to add their organ donor status and sign up to be donors if they are not. More

Kidney gets transplanted twice in 2 weeks
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In what looks like a medical first, doctors reported that a kidney transplanted into one patient, which then started to fail, has been removed and transplanted into a second patient, who is doing well. While transplanted kidneys have been removed from deceased recipients and given to someone else, this is the first time in the U.S. a living recipient has passed along a donated kidney, according to Joel Newman, assistant director of communication for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). More

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Differential expression of MicroRNAs during allograft rejection
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MicrorRNA are small noncoding RNA molecules that regulate the posttranscriptional expression of target genes. In addition to being involved in many biologic processes, microRNAs are important regulators in innate and adaptive immune responses. Distinct sets of expressed microRNAs are found in different cell types and tissues and aberrant expression of microRNAs is associated with many disease states. More

Renal transplant failure linked to elevated pre-transplant iPTH
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Renal transplant recipients who had elevated pre-transplant levels of intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) are at increased risk of post-transplant hypercalcium and graft rejection, according to findings presented at the Canadian Society of Nephrology's 2012 annual meeting. "The association of pre-transplant iPTH level with outcome is interesting and clearly suggests mineral metabolism is important in post-transplant outcome," lead investigator Dr. John Gill, told Renal & Urology News. "The mechanisms which underlie this association need further study." More

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