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In her latest blog post, AST President Dr. Roslyn Mannon introduces the new AST public policy Twitter account, @ASTonCapHill.This Twitter account will promote events/activities taking place in Washington, D.C., and will help you stay in touch with transplant policy issues. Read the blog.

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Antibody Mediated Rejection in Liver Transplantation
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Register now for the AST Fellows Symposium!
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The AST Fellows Symposium will be held 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
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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.


New guidelines help protect the hearts of those waiting for kidney and liver transplants
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Scientific statement from American Heart Association addresses varied cardiac evaluation and management of transplant patients.

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Lung transplantation in patients with coal workers' pneumoconiosis
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Patients with coal workers' pneumoconiosis can develop chronic respiratory failure and require lung transplantation. A retrospective review was performed of the 712 referrals and 143 patients undergoing unilateral or bilateral lung transplantation at the University of Kentucky Medical Center between January 1999 and July 2009. There were no pulmonary complications because of the native lung in patients after a single lung transplant, with otherwise good clinical outcomes seen after lung transplantation. More

Improved outcomes in pediatric liver transplants don't have to mean higher cost
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A Johns Hopkins Children's Center study of patients who received liver transplants from living donors has found that better outcomes need not come with a heftier price tag. The study, published online ahead of print in the journal Pediatric Transplantation, looked at 52 children paired up with 53 living donors who underwent transplantation at Hopkins between 1992 and 2010. The researchers found steady improvements in survival rates and overall outcomes without a significant increase in healthcare spending. More

Eye research paves way for more successful cornea transplants
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Scientists at the University of Reading have made a significant breakthrough in cornea transplant research that could make future procedures more successful. Amniotic membrane (AM) has been used in the clinical treatment of eye disorders for over a decade. During this time it has been seen as an excellent natural surface on which to grow corneal stem cells, despite the fact that its structural and biological properties have been poorly understood. More

Ovarian transplants may preserve fertility in young cancer survivors
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Ovarian grafts — frozen ovarian tissue that is thawed and transplanted back into a woman's body — can help cancer survivors preserve their fertility, according to a small, new study. More

Transplant cytomegalovirus infection test approved by FDA
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The FDA has approved a DNA test — COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan CMV Test — to measure the efficacy of anti-viral treatment in solid organ transplant recipients who are being administered CMV (cytomegalovirus) antiviral therapy. The viral load test can determine, from a sample of the patient's blood plasma, levels of CMV nucleic acid. More

Blacks less likely to get a living donor kidney
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African-Americans are less likely to receive a kidney from a living donor at all 275 transplant centers in the United States, according to a study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. More

Menopause could be delayed indefinitely with ovary transplant
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Women could remain fertile indefinitely after successful ovarian transplants lead to births and delay the menopause, doctors said. A technique to remove pieces of ovary, store it for decades and then replace it with delicate surgery could effectively put a woman's menopause "on ice," doctors said during a conference. More
 



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