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AST TIRN research grant request for proposals now open
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The AST Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN) research grants program supports fellows, junior faculty, and allied health professionals by funding innovative research in basic, clinical, and translational science. A limited number of grants will be awarded for research projects beginning July 1, 2016. The request for proposals is open now at www.TIRN.org/funding. Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. For more information, visit www.TIRN.org or email TIRN@myAST.org.
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Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: Webinars July 15 and 29
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Register today to attend "Living Kidney Donation A to Z: Understanding the Basics" on Wednesday, July 15 at 1 p.m. EDT and "Basics of Liver Disease and Transplantation" on Wednesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. 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 www.myAST.org/ILDA.

Non-members can purchase access to all nine webinars for just $200. Eligible non-members can join the 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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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
 
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 AstellasCares.com/Transplant today.
 


Pay it forward and help your colleagues save this summer!
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Did you know that the AST pro-rates dues for new members who apply in July and August?
Spread the savings to your colleagues by encouraging membership in the AST! Applicants in the months of July and August receive the significant savings listed below:

Member Type Pro-rated Price Savings
Full Doctoral ($420) $270 $150
International ($300) $210 $90
Full Doctoral, Year 1 ($170) $85 $85
International, Year 1 ($120) $60 $60
Full Doctoral, Year 2 ($270) $165 $105
International, Year 2 ($200) $130 $70
Non-Doctoral ($90) $45 $45
Trainee ($90) $45 $45

Ask your colleagues to submit an online application and include your name in the "Recommended to Join" box when creating an account. Please note, to complete the application process, they must submit their dues payment. Each time you successfully recruit a colleague, your will be entered to win one of three great prizes! Additionally, you will be recognized for your efforts on the AST website and in the eNews. If you have any questions, please contact Rae Massi at rmassi@myAST.org.

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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
 


AJT app upgrades
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The AJT app (available in the iTunes) has been updated! New features include Single Sign On for AST members (meaning you can log in with your AST username and password) and keyword push notifications. For app assistance, please visit: http://www.wiley.com/legacy/wileyblackwell/gmspdfs/New_App_v3.2_Visual_Instructions.pdf.
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'5,000 in Five' DTCP collective goal
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The DTCP Strategic Planning Committee, composed of many community partner organizations and government agencies including the AST, has been meeting to develop a strategic plan for improving donation and transplantation practices across the nation. This group recently identified and approved a collective goal: to save and heal more lives by increasing the number of organs transplanted by 5,000 over the next five years. For more information, visit http://organdonationalliance.org/dtcp-collective-goal/.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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.
 


ABIM will discontinue requirement for maintaining underlying board certification
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Diplomates certified in nine subspecialties of internal medicine will no longer need to maintain underlying certifications to stay certified in those areas. All ABIM diplomates will be able to choose the certifications they wish to maintain. This affects Transplant Hepatologists: see the full press release for more information.
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN TRANSPLANTATION


AST Fellows Symposium - Registration now open!
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The AST Fellows Symposium on Transplantation is the premier meeting for those entering the exciting field of solid organ transplantation. Special Announcement: Travel grants are now an AST member benefit. Travel grants are only awarded to attendees who are sponsored by an AST member in good standing. Each AST member may sponsor up to two attendees: one from the member’s institution, and one from another institution. For more information on registration eligibility and travel grants, please visit www.myAST.org/Fellows.
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ASHI 41st Annual Meeting
ASHI
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015 | Savannah, GA
For more information: http://www.ashi-hla.org/events/annual-meeting/

2015 Banff/CST Joint Meeting
CST
Oct. 5-10, 2015 | Vancouver
For more information: http://www.cst-transplant.ca/meetings_asm.html

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TRANSPLANT NEWS


Unintended consequences of the new national kidney allocation policy in the United States
American Journal of Transplantation
The new national Kidney Allocation System of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), effective as of Dec. 4, 2014, was designed to improve the chances of transplanting the most highly sensitized patients on the waitlist, those with calculated panel reactive antibody values of 98 percent, 99 percent and 100 percent. Recently, it was suggested that these highly sensitized patients will experience inequitable access, given the reported high prevalence of antibodies to HLA-DP, and the fact that only about 1/3 of deceased donors are typed for HLA-DP antigens.
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Kidney transplantation significantly improves patient and graft survival irrespective of BMI: A cohort study
American Journal of Transplantation
Obesity and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are on the increase worldwide. Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for ESRD. However, obesity is considered a contraindication for transplantation. We investigated the effect of BMI on mortality in transplanted and patients remaining on the waiting list in the United Kingdom.
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Cardiac assist devices and hemodialysis catheter procedures – What do the nephrologists need to know?
Seminars in Dialysis
The use of ventricular assist devices (VAD) and total artificial heart (TAH) is increasing rapidly, and a large proportion of these device recipients already have or will develop severe renal dysfunction at the time of device implantation. As a consequence, nephrologists are becoming more and more involved in the care of this challenging population. As nephrologists take upon themselves many aspects of dialysis vascular access care, they need to be familiar with the special circumstances of performing hemodialysis catheter procedures in these patients.
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Sexually transmitted infections in pediatric renal transplant recipients: Time to take notice!
Pediatric Transplantation
We sought to assess the prevalence of STIs, contraception use, and unintentional pregnancy in our pediatric renal transplant recipients. We performed a retrospective chart review. Forty-nine of 65 patients in our program are currently in the high-risk age window of 13 years or older (34 men, 15 women; mean age 17 year old, range 13–23 year old). There was a disproportionate difference in sexual behavior among the men and women, such that while only 15 percent of the men reported being sexually active, 53 percent of the women were sexually active.
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Association between organ procurement organization social network centrality and kidney discard and transplant outcomes
Transplantation
Given growth in kidney transplant waitlists and discard rates, donor kidney acceptance is an important problem. We used network analysis to examine whether organ procurement organization (OPO) network centrality affects discard and outcomes. We identified 106,160 deceased donor kidneys recovered for transplant from 2000 to 2010 in Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. We constructed the transplant network by year with each OPO representing a node and each kidney-sharing relationship between OPOs representing a directed tie between nodes.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Nox2 is a mediator of ischemia reperfusion injury (American Journal of Transplantation)
Successful transplantation of kidneys from elderly circulatory death donors by using microscopic and macroscopic characteristics to guide single or dual implantation (American Journal of Transplantation)
Kidney transplantation in patients with severe preoperative hypertension (Clinical Transplantation)
Racial and ethnic disparities in access to and utilization of living donor liver transplants (Liver Transplantation)
Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: Webinar July 15 (AST)

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