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Conversations with the President
her latest blog post, AST President, Dr.
Roslyn Mannon discusses the immuno bill, which has currently surpassed 100 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.
Read the blog here.
Register now for the AST Fellows Symposium
The AST Fellows Symposium will be held on Sept. 7-9, 2012 in Grapevine, Texas.
The AST Fellows Symposium offers an in-depth and interactive study of both clinical transplantation and basic transplant immunobiology while providing unparalleled access to expert faculty.
Travel grants are available! Registration and travel grant request deadline: Monday, July 16, 2012.
View the full eligibility requirements for a travel grant at www.a-s-t.org/fellows/travelgrants.
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ESOT and AST have partnered once again to present the best transplantation science
Transformational Therapies and Diagnostics in Transplantation will be held Oct. 12-14, 2012, at the Palais de la Méditerranée, Nice, France. Register now for this inspiring event! View the program and travel information here.
Call for abstracts! Submit your basic, translational or clinical abstract on transformational immunosuppression strategies or novel immune monitoring and diagnostics. Abstract submission site: www.esot.org → Meetings.
Other upcoming transplantation meetings
Visit the AST events calendar for information on these upcoming meetings:
American Association of Immunologists Courses — July 14-19, Philadelphia
International Congress of the Transplantation Society — July 15-19, Berlin
NASDAT Annual Meeting — July 22-26, Maui, Hawaii
International Academy of Cardiology World Congress — July 27-30, Toronto
American Association of Immunologists Courses — July 29-August 3, Boston
CVD tied to reduced kidney function in renal transplant patients
Renal & Urology News
Lower kidney function is independently associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death in stable kidney transplant recipients, according to investigators. At an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) below 45 mL/min/1.73 m2, each 5 mL/min/1.73 m2 increment in eGFR is associated with a 15 percent decreased risk of both CVD and death, researchers reported online in the American Journal of Transplantation. The investigators, led by Dr. Daniel E. Weiner, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, observed no association between eGFR and outcomes at eGFR levels above 45.
Robot completes world's first automated liver transplant
The Raw Story
A medical transplant center on the Italian island of Sicily said it had carried out the world's first partial liver transplant using only a robot to remove the organ of the donor. According to a statement from the ISMETT transplant centre in Palermo, Italy, only the arms of a robot entered the abdomen of the 44-year-old donor looking to save his 46-year-old brother suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.
Facebook's organ donation drive success spills into Canada
Facebook's recent push to promote organ donation in the United States caused registrations to soar; a similar social media initiative could soon be launched in Canada. Ronnie Gavsie, CEO of the Ontario organ donor authority Trillium Gift of Life, said the U.S. Facebook donor drive has had a significant spillover effect on Canada. "I'm going to give some credit to Facebook, we did see a spike on that day [May 1]."
Lab-grown 'custom' organs may be future of medicine
What if dying patients waiting for an organ transplant could receive a custom, lab-grown replacement rather than waiting for a donor organ? To some, this may sound like science fiction — and in many ways, it still is. But the advances in the field of regenerative medicine that recently made headlines suggest such lab-grown organs may become reality in the future.
Exercise benefits lung transplant patients, study finds
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Health-related quality of life improved and the risk of cardiovascular problems was reduced for lung transplant patients who took part in a three-month structured exercise program. The full study was published in the June 2012 issue of the American Journal of Transplantation.
Surgeons seek repeal of transplant ban between HIV-positive people
Transplant surgeons plan to meet with U.S. Congressional staff members to push for the repeal of a law that forbids HIV-positive patients from getting organ transplants from other HIV-positive people. If the law is changed, patients infected with the AIDS-causing virus will have more organs available to them for transplantation, advocates say.