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AST TIRN research grant request for proposals
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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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QAPI Adverse Events: Webinar Aug. 12
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Join us and ASTS on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 at Noon ET for the sixth installment of a monthly webinar series designed and presented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This webinar provides an in-depth review of what a ‘thorough analysis’ should contain, a look at tools and methods that may be utilized and how the results of an analysis may be used to prevent re-occurrences. Register today!
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Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate: Webinar Aug. 19
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"Living Liver Donation A to Z: Understanding the Basics" is the next webinar in the Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) webinar series, and takes place Wednesday, Aug. 19 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 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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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.
 


UPCOMING EVENTS IN TRANSPLANTATION

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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  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
 


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Therapeutic hypothermia in deceased organ donors and kidney-graft function
The New England Journal of Medicine
Delayed graft function, which is reported in up to 50 percent of kidney-transplant recipients, is associated with increased costs and diminished long-term graft function. The effect that targeted mild hypothermia in organ donors before organ recovery has on the rate of delayed graft function is unclear.
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High risk of graft failure in emerging adult heart transplant recipients
American Journal of Transplantation
Emerging adulthood (17–24 years) is a period of high risk for graft failure in kidney transplant. Whether a similar association exists in heart transplant recipients is unknown. We sought to estimate the relative hazards of graft failure at different current ages, compared with patients between 20 and 24 years old. We evaluated 11 473 patients recorded in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients who received a first transplant at less than 40 years old (1988–2013) and had at least 6 months of graft function.
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Variation in the use of surveillance endomyocardial biopsy among pediatric heart transplant centers over time
Pediatric Transplantation
EMB is widely utilized for graft surveillance after HTx; however, there is significant variation in the frequency of surveillance EMB use during the first year post-HTx. The aim of this study was to assess changes in the utilization of surveillance EMB over time among member institutions of PHTS. A survey of PHTS centers assessing the frequency of surveillance EMB use during the first year post-HTx was conducted in 2006. The same survey was repeated in 2014 to assess changes in practice over time.
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Liver sharing and organ procurement organization performance under redistricted allocation
Liver Transplantation
Concerns have been raised that optimized redistricting of liver allocation areas might have the unintended result of shifting livers from better-performing to poorer-performing organ procurement organizations (OPOs). We used liver simulated allocation modeling to simulate a 5-year period of liver sharing within either 4 or 8 optimized districts. We investigated whether each OPO's net liver import under redistricting would be correlated with 2 OPO performance metrics (observed to expected liver yield and liver donor conversion ratio), along with 2 other potential correlates (eligible deaths and incident listings above a Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score of 15).
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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.
 


Changing the paradigm of organ utilization from PHS increased-risk donors: An opportunity whose time has come?
Clinical Transplantation
Approximately 8–11 percent of all organ donors are classified by Public Health Service (PHS) as increased-risk. The proportion of PHS increased-risk donors is on the rise. At the University of Washington Medical Center, in 2014, the proportion of transplants from PHS increased-risk donors was 28 percent of liver transplants and 23 percent of kidney transplants. Nationally, transplant providers have been reluctant to use organs from PHS increased-risk donors because of concern for transmission of HIV, HCV, or HBV.
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Transplanting hepatitis C–positive kidneys
The New England Journal of Medicine

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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Role of patient factors and practice patterns in determining access to liver waitlist (American Journal of Transplantation)
Laparoscopic tansplantation following transvaginal Insertion of the kidney: Description of technique and outcome (American Journal of Transplantation)
Effect of ramipril on urinary protein excretion in maintenance renal transplant patients converted to sirolimus (American Journal of Transplantation)
African American kidney transplant patients' perspectives on challenges in the living donation process (Progress in Transplantation via PubMed)

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