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Transplant Live
AST members: Thanks to our partnership with ESOT, we are able to offer you free access to Transplant Live – five online broadcasts from ESOT Brussels 2015 that will let you take part in some of the best sessions. ESOT will be broadcasting on Sept. 13, 14 and 15. Visit to see the topics and register.
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AST award submission site – now open
Nominate your colleagues for a 2016 AST Achievement Award! AST awards provide prestigious recognition in honor of contributions to the society and to the field of transplantation. You can start a nomination at any time. All nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015.
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Pay it forward
Recommend new members to join from September through December and they will receive:
  • The remainder of 2015 for free
  • A membership in good-standing through December 2016
When you recruit new members, your name will be included in a drawing to win one of three great prizes:
  • iPad and a Free year of AST membership
  • $500 AST Bucks
  • $250 AST Bucks
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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.

Early Program on Transplantation at Kidney Week 2015
American Society of Nephrology
Join the American Society of Nephrology, in cooperation with the American Society of Transplantation, for the Kidney Transplantation Early Program on Nov. 3-4 prior to the start of the Kidney Week 2015 Annual Meeting (Nov. 3-8) in San Diego, California. Visit the ASN website for more details and to register.
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Education and Clinical Tools for the ILDA: Webinar Sept. 16
"Basics of Informed Consent for Living Donors" is the next webinar in the Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) webinar series, and takes place Wednesday, Sept. 16 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
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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

AST/AJT Journal Club: Sept. 22
Join us for this free journal club discussion, hosted by AST's Transplant Regenerative Medicine and Thoracic and Critical Care Communities of Practice. We will be going over the article, "Lung transplantation with donation after circulatory determination of death donors and the impact of ex vivo lung perfusion" from the April 2015 AJT. Visit the AST website for more information:
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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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Transplant Quality Institute
Oct. 7-9, 2015 | Dallas, TX
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Society for Transplant Social Workers
Oct. 7-9, 2015 | Columbus, OH
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ASN Kidney Week
Nov. 3-8, 2015 | San Diego, CA
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AASLD Liver Week
Nov. 13-17, 2015 | San Francisco, CA
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CEOT 2016 – Cutting Edge of Transplantation
Feb. 25-27, 2016 | Phoenix, AZ
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Presentation and outcomes of C4d-negative antibody-mediated rejection after kidney transplantation
American Journal of Transplantation
The updated Banff classification allows for the diagnosis of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in the absence of peritubular capillary C4d staining. Our objective was to quantify allograft loss risk in patients with consistently C4d-negative AMR (n = 51) compared with C4d-positive AMR patients (n = 156) and matched control subjects without AMR. All first-year posttransplant biopsy results from January 2004 through June 2014 were reviewed and correlated with the presence of donor-specific antibody (DSA).
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Voriconazole exposure and risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, Aspergillus colonization, invasive Aspergillosis and death in lung transplant recipients
American Journal of Transplantation
Voriconazole is a triazole antifungal used to prevent and treat invasive fungal infections after lung transplantation, but it has been associated with an increased risk of developing cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Despite widespread use, there are no clear guidelines for optimal prophylactic regimens that balance the competing risks and benefits. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all lung transplant recipients at the University of California, San Francisco, who were transplanted between October 1991 and December 2012 (n = 455) to investigate whether voriconazole exposure affected development of SCC, Aspergillus colonization, invasive aspergillosis and all-cause mortality.
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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.

Financial incentives for living kidney donors: Are they necessary?
American Journal of Kidney Diseases
In the face of the perceived failure of altruistic organ donation programs to generate sufficient kidneys to meet demand, introducing financial incentives for living donors is sometimes argued as the only effective strategy by which lives currently lost while awaiting kidney transplantation might be saved. This argument from life-saving necessity is implicit in many incentive proposals, but rarely challenged by opponents.
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Testing for high-risk APOL1 alleles in potential living kidney donors
American Journal of Kidney Diseases via PubMed
Accurate risk assessment is critical when evaluating potential living kidney donors. High-risk kidney APOL1 variants have been associated with end-stage renal disease of multiple causes among African Americans, though the predictive power of these variants in population-based studies is small. No studies have looked at the effect of high-risk APOL1 alleles on donor outcomes, though few transplantation centers in the United States offer screening for APOL1 among African American donors.
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Resilience in organ transplantation: An application of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) with liver transplant candidates
Journal of Personality Assessment via PubMed
End-stage liver disease (ESLD) is a chronic and debilitating condition associated with substantial psychological stress, morbidity, and mortality. The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC; Connor & Davidson, 2003 ) is a commonly used resilience measure. This research examined the validity of the CD-RISC among ESLD patients (N = 120) using exploratory factor analysis.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Where the sun shines: Industry's payments to transplant surgeons (American Journal of Transplantation)
Rates of kidney transplantation from living and deceased donors for blacks and whites in the United States, 1998 to 2011 (JAMA Internal Medicine)
Outcomes of pregnancy following liver transplantation: The King's College Hospital experience (Liver Transplantation via PubMed)
A multicenter study of 30 days complications after deceased donor liver transplantation in the model for end-stage liver disease score era (Liver Transplantation)

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