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ASN plans Early Program on Transplantation in cooperation with AST at Kidney Week 2015
Join the American Society of Nephrology, in cooperation with the American Society of Transplantation, for the Kidney Transplantation Early Program on November 3 - 4 prior to the start of the Kidney Week 2015 Annual Meeting (Nov. 3-8) in San Diego, CA. Visit the ASN website for more details and to register. Registration rates increase on Sept. 16.

In recent years, there have been important advances in the field of kidney transplantation that will impact the care of the kidney transplant recipient. In particular, new allocation policies, changes in donor management (including living donor assessment and follow-up), novel immunosuppression strategies, and advances in the understanding of the causes of acute and chronic graft injury will directly influence nephrology practice both immediately and in the coming era.

This program provides an interactive, case-based overview of these and other exciting advances in kidney transplantation, with a focus on specific populations, complications, and ethical issues. Nephrologists with an interest in transplantation, transplant physicians, and trainees in nephrology are encouraged to attend this program.
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Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: Webinar July 29
Register today to attend "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

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

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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.

AST Fellows Symposium - Registration open!
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
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ASHI 41st Annual Meeting
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015 | Savannah, GA
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2015 Banff/CST Joint Meeting
Oct. 5-10, 2015 | Vancouver
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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


Graft arterial stenosis in kidney en bloc grafts from very small pediatric donors: Incidence, timing, and role of ultrasound in screening
American Journal of Transplantation
In previous studies with different donor selection criteria and noncontemporary surgical techniques, graft arterial stenosis (GAS) has been reported to occur more frequently in adult recipients of pediatric en bloc renal allografts (EBKT) as compared to single adult donor allografts. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the incidence of GAS within our EBKT recipient population and to evaluate clinical and imaging features of those cases with GAS. In a retrospective cohort study, we analyzed 182 EBKT performed at a single institution.
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The donor kidney biopsy and its implications in predicting graft outcomes: A systematic review
American Journal of Transplantation
Despite a growing organ shortage in the United States, many deceased donor kidneys removed for transplantation are discarded. Kidney biopsy findings often play a role in these discards, although it is not clear whether biopsies reliably inform acceptance decisions. Therefore, we carried out a systematic review of the medical literature on the utility of both procurement and implantation biopsies for predicting posttransplant outcomes.
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First living-related liver transplant to cure factor VII deficiency
Pediatric Transplantation
Congenital factor VII deficiency is an autosomal recessive serious disorder of blood coagulation with wide genotypic and phenotypic variations. The clinical presentation can vary from asymptomatic patients to patients with major bleedings in severe deficiency (factor VII less than 1 percent). Investigations show prolonged PT and low factor VII. Treatment modalities include FFP and repeated recombinant factor VII infusions. We hereby report the first successful LRLT for factor VII deficiency in an infant, the first-ever youngest baby reported worldwide.
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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.

Endovascular management of early lung transplant-related anastomotic pulmonary artery stenosis
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology via PubMed
The aim of this study is to report the safety and short-term efficacy of endovascular interventions for symptomatic lung transplant-related anastomotic pulmonary artery stenosis (PAS). From February 2008 to December 2011, 354 lung transplants were performed. Pulmonary arteriography was performed in 19 patients because of respiratory decompensation.
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Lung transplantation for hypersensitivity pneumonitis
CHEST via PubMed
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is an inhaled antigen-mediated interstitial lung disease (ILD). Advanced disease may necessitate the need for lung transplantation. There are no published studies addressing lung transplant outcomes in HP. We characterized HP outcomes compared with referents undergoing lung transplantation for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
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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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