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Roslyn Mannon, MD

Conversations with the President


AST President, Dr. Roslyn Mannon, writes her first blog post to introduce her plans for the year ahead.

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Congratulations to the new AST 2012-2013 board members
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The AST introduced its newly elected 2012-2013 board members at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Boston. Dr. Roslyn Bernstein Mannon, research director of one of the nation's top transplant centers, and an internationally recognized expert in kidney and pancreas transplantation, was inducted as president, and will serve a one-year term in office.

Dr. Daniel Salomon, a professor at The Scripps Research Institute Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, was named president-elect, and Dr. Kimberly Brown, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Henry Ford Hospital, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Also announced were new councilors-at-large, including Dr. Rita Alloway, director of transplant clinical research at the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Michael Ison, associate professor of medicine and surgery at Northwestern University, Dr. Dianne McKay, associate professor at The Scripps Research Institute and Dr. Anil Chandraker, medical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.


Dr. Flavio Vincenti receives Lifetime Achievement Award
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AST awarded its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to Dr. Flavio Vincenti at the recent ATC in Boston. The award honors a senior investigator whose lifelong work has advanced the field of transplantation and medicine.

Dr. Vincenti is the consummate clinical investigator, and his major contributions, both scientifically and scholarly, have redefined the current landscape of developmental immunosuppression. For almost two decades, few in the field have remained as relevant and significant as Dr. Vincenti. He has penned scholarly articles in over 200 international publications, and developed countless new therapeutic interventions in renal transplantation.

For more information visit http://www.a-s-t.org/news/dr-flavio-vincenti-receives-ast-lifetime-achievement-award.


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2012 achievement awards and grant recipients
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AST announced the recipients of its 2012 achievement awards and faculty and fellowship grants at the recent American Transplant Congress in Boston. The recipients were selected for the originality, innovation and commitment they bring to AST and the field of transplantation.

"This year's award recipients are an exceptional group of transplant professionals, and they have been selected by their peers for the unique and transformative role they have each played in our field," said AST President Dr. Roslyn Mannon. "Ten individuals are honored for their significant contributions to transplantation, and 12 others are celebrated and awarded grant funding for their research in the field."

For more information visit http://www.a-s-t.org/news/ast-announces-2012-award-and-grant-recipients.


2012 AAI immunology courses: Registration now open
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The AAI introductory course, to be held July 14–19 at the University of Pennsylvania, provides a comprehensive overview of immunology. The AAI advanced course, to be held July 29 – Aug. 3 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center, will present recent advances in the biology of the immune system and address its role in health and disease. For more information visit www.aai.org/Education/Courses or email meetings@aai.org.

 TRANSPLANT NEWS


Pneumoconiosis and advanced occupational lung disease among surface coal miners — 16 states, 2010–2011
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During 2010–2011, the Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program mobile surveillance unit traveled to 16 of the 17 states with active surface coal mines to offer chest radiographs to miners. Site selection was based on accessibility and cooperation of surface coal mine operators, who are not required to offer chest radiographs to their employees. All participants provided written informed consent. More

Hepatocyte cell transplantation enables 'new' liver generation
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Researchers in Japan have found that hepatocytes, cells comprising the main tissue of the liver and involved in protein synthesis and storage, can assist in tissue engineering and create a "new liver system" in mouse models when donor mouse liver hepatocytes are isolated and propagated for transplantation. Their study is published in a recent issue of Cell Transplantation. More

Hospital agrees to organ transplant for undocumented, hunger strike continues
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Latinos who have been on a two-week hunger strike demanding organ transplants for the undocumented racked up a win by getting one of the Chicago hospitals at the center of the protests to provide such a procedure. Mexican immigrant Lorenzo Arroyo, will be given the medical attention he needs, including a kidney transplant, at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center, the hunger strikers said. More

Immune-deficient pigs created for organ transplant research
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A team of Japanese scientists has succeeded in creating an unprecedented type of immune-deficient pig that can be used for regenerative medicine research and the development of new drugs. The male pigs, created by combining genetic engineering and cloning techniques, lack a thymus (an immune organ) and have no T cells or natural killer (NK) cells, both lymphocytes, according to the team that includes researchers from the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences and Riken. More

Lawmakers to pass law to boost organ donation
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New York State Legislature is expected to pass a bill to encourage organ donation by expanding the donor options on driver's license applications. The new measure would require individuals who apply for a driver's license to complete the organ donor registry section of the application by selecting either "yes" or "skip this question." Currently, filling out the section is optional. More

Pediatric renal graft survival improving
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Pediatric renal graft survival has improved over time, researchers reported at the 2012 American Transplant Congress. Dr. Kyle J. Van Arendonk, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore analyzed graft survival among 16,266 patients younger than 18 years who received a kidney-only transplant from 1987 to 2010. One, five, and 10-year graft survival was 80.9 percent, 58.3 percent, and 44.5 percent for transplants performed in 1987 compared with 93.4 percent, 73.6 percent, and 55.5 percent for transplants performed in 2000, the most recent transplants for which the investigators had 10 years of follow-up. More

Renal transplants improves survival in the elderly
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Elderly patients who remain on dialysis are more likely to die than those who receive a deceased-donor kidney transplant, researchers reported at the 2012 American Transplant Congress. More
 



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