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AST TIRN Pre-doctoral Scholarship Program: Applications due June 8
This summer, the AST TIRN introduces a scholarship program to support pre-doctoral students interested in the field of transplantation immunology. Up to four (4) pre-doctoral scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to students participating in a dedicated summer laboratory experience or a mentored clinical experience.

If you are a member of the AST in good standing and are mentoring a pre-doctoral student, please consider helping your student apply for this award.
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Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: Webinar June 17
“Basics of Kidney Disease and Transplantation,” the next webinar in the Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) webinar series, takes place Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00 pm EDT. The entire nine-webinar series developed by the AST Live Donor Community of Practice is free to AST members and their associates: just register with an AST member username and password at

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

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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.

QAPI Webinar: Performance Improvement Projects – Tools and Methods
Join us and ASTS on Wednesday, June 10 at Noon EDT for the fourth installment of a monthly webinar series designed and presented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This webinar will offer a beginner's guide to the different tools and methods that may be utilized to conduct Performance Improvement Projects and Activities. 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 paid it forward: Thank you!
The greatest compliment we can receive is a new member referral. Thank you to AST's 2014-2015 Pay it Forward participants.
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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

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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.


Increasing the number of organ transplants in the United States by optimizing donor authorization rates
American Journal of Transplantation
While recent policies have focused on allocating organs to patients most in need and lessening geographic disparities, the only mechanism to increase the actual number of transplants is to maximize the potential organ supply. We conducted a retrospective cohort study using OPTN data on all “eligible deaths” from 1/1/08 to 11/1/13 to evaluate variability in donor service area (DSA)-level donor authorization rates, and to quantify the potential gains associated with increasing authorization rates.
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A potential solution to the shortage of solid organs for transplantation
In the United States, the majority of deaths occur unexpectedly, outside hospitals or in emergency departments. Rarely do these deaths provide opportunities for organ donation. In Europe, unexpected deaths provide substantial numbers of transplantable organs through uncontrolled donation after circulatory determination of death. UDCDD considers decedents candidates for donation even when death is unexpected, regardless of location, as long as preservation begins after all life-sustaining efforts have been exhausted.
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Historical matching strategies in kidney paired donation: The 7-year evolution of a Web-based virtual matching system
American Journal of Transplantation
Failure to convert computer-identified possible kidney paired donation (KPD) exchanges into transplants has prohibited KPD from reaching its full potential. This study analyzes the progress of exchanges in moving from “offers” to completed transplants. Offers were divided into individual segments called 1-way transplants in order to calculate success rates. From 2007 to 2014, the Alliance for Paired Donation performed 243 transplants, 31 in collaboration with other KPD registries and 194 independently.
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Elderly donor liver grafts are not associated with a higher incidence of biliary complications after liver transplantation: Results of a national multicenter study
Clinical Transplantation
Liver transplantation with livers grafts from elderly donors has been associated with a higher risk of biliary complications. The aim of this study was to examine if our national protocol could contribute to a lower incidence of biliary complications. All adult recipients in the Netherlands transplanted with a liver from an elderly donor (greater than or equal to 65 years; n=68) in the period January 2000 – July 2011 were matched with recipients of a liver from a donor less than 65 years (n=136).
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Impact of renal impairment on cardiovascular disease mortality after liver transplantation for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis cirrhosis
Liver International
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease morbidity after liver transplantation, but its impact on CVD mortality is unknown. We sought to assess the impact of NASH on CVD mortality after liver transplantation and to predict which NASH recipients are at highest risk of a CVD-related death following a liver transplant.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    An assessment of HIV-infected patients dying in care for deceased organ donation in a United States urban center (American Journal of Transplantation)
A national survey assessing the current workforce of transplant pharmacists across accredited US solid organ transplant programs (American Journal of Transplantation)
Declining liver graft quality threatens the future of liver transplantation in the United States (Liver Transplantation)
Fully laparoscopic left-sided donor hepatectomy is safe and associated with shorter hospital stay and earlier return to work: A comparative study (Liver Transplantation)

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