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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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AST Board Nominations
AST members: are you or your colleagues interested in serving on the AST Board of Directors? Check out the qualifications or submit a nomination by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Open positions include President-Elect, Treasurer (two-year term), and three Councilors-at-Large (three-year term). The term of service begins with the rotation of the board at the Town Hall during the 2016 American Transplant Congress in Boston, Massachusetts.
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AST TIRN research grant request for proposals
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 Applications must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015. For more information, visit or email
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Recommend new members to join from September through December and they will receive:
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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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  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

Education and Clinical Tools for the ILDA: Webinar Oct. 21
"Navigating the ILDA Role: Challenges and Responsibilities" is the next webinar in the Education and Clinical Tools for the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) webinar series, and takes place Wednesday, Oct. 21 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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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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Donor hemodynamics as a predictor of outcomes after kidney transplantation from donors after cardiac death
American Journal of Transplantation
Donation after cardiac death is an important source of transplantable organs, but evidence suggests donor warm ischemia contributes to inferior outcomes. Attempts to predict recipient outcome using donor hemodynamic measurements have not yielded statistically significant results. We evaluated novel measures of donor hemodynamics as predictors of delayed graft function and graft failure in a cohort of 1050 kidneys from 566 donors.
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Psychosocial predictors of mortality following lung transplantation
American Journal of Transplantation
Lung transplantation has become an increasingly common treatment for patients with end-stage lung disease. Few studies have examined psychosocial risk factors for mortality in transplant recipients, despite evidence suggesting that elevated levels of negative affect are associated with greater mortality following major cardiac surgery. We therefore examined the relationship between negative affect early after lung transplantation and long-term survival in a sample of 132 lung transplant recipients (28 cystic fibrosis, 64 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 26 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, 14 other) followed for up to 13.5 years (median 7.4 years) following transplantation.
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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.

Burnout in transplant nurses
Progress in Transplantation
Burnout is a response to chronic strain within the workplace and is common across nursing professions. Little has been published about burnout in organ transplant nurses. The aim of this study was to report the prevalence of the 3 main components of burnout (emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment) in organ transplant nurses and to examine factors that contribute to the development of burnout in transplant nurses.
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Increasing organ donation after cardiac death in trauma patients
The American Journal of Surgery
Organ donation after cardiac death (DCD) is not optimal but still remains a valuable source of organ donation in trauma donors. The aim of this study was to assess national trends in DCD from trauma patients. A 12-year (2002 to 2013) retrospective analysis of the United Network for Organ Sharing database was performed. Outcome measures were the following: proportion of DCD donors over the years and number and type of solid organs donated.
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Psychiatric aspects of organ transplantation and donation
Current Opinion in Psychiatry
Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals typically assist with evaluating and treating psychiatric and behavioral issues in transplant candidates, recipients, and living organ donors. In this review recent findings on specific psychiatric issues in adult solid organ transplant candidates and recipients, as well as living donors are discussed as well as their relevance to clinical practice.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Financial incentives for living kidney donors: Are they necessary? (American Journal of Kidney Diseases)
Presentation and outcomes of C4d-negative antibody-mediated rejection after kidney transplantation (American Journal of Transplantation)
Voriconazole exposure and risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, Aspergillus colonization, invasive Aspergillosis and death in lung transplant recipients (American Journal of Transplantation)
Testing for high-risk APOL1 alleles in potential living kidney donors (American Journal of Kidney Diseases via PubMed)
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