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We hope you are planning to attend the ITNS Summer Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, 13-14 June 2015. ITNS will award a $500 prize to the chapter that brings the highest percentage of its members to the Symposium. When registering online, add "ITNS Chapter Challenge" to your registration. Then, select the chapter you belong to from the drop down menu. Register before 4 May to save $75.

An attendee of the 2014 Symposium said, "The ITNS Symposium always brings pertinent transplant related topics for discussion and learning. I always learn something new that I can utilize in my practice every day. I truly value the time I get to spend networking with transplant professionals from all over the world. It makes me realize what a special community we really are!"
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NINR Accepting Abstracts Until May 1, 2015
The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is accepting abstract submissions for a poster session that will be held during NINR's 30th Anniversary: Advancing Science, Improving Lives kickoff symposium. The symposium will take place on October 13, 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD.

NINR seeks submissions on topics related to:
  • Symptom Science: Promoting Personalized Health Strategies
  • Wellness: Promoting Health and Preventing Illness
  • Self-Management: Improving Quality of Life for Individuals with Chronic Illness
  • End-of-Life and Palliative Care: The Science of Compassion
The submission topics are based on the themes of NINR-supported science. For more information on the themes, visit

Each submission may be considered for an award category: Investigator; Junior Investigator; or Pre/Postdoctoral Investigator. Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015. Selections will be announced by July 1, 2015. For more information about the symposium, the call for abstracts, and the submission instructions, please visit

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2015 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest
Why I Celebrate My Transplant Nurse
Nominations due by Friday, 13 March 2015

As appreciation of this important day grows, ITNS is committed to creating more opportunities for nurses to celebrate their contributions. In April 2006, ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. The celebration takes place the third Wednesday in April, this year 15 April, and recognizes the skill and commitment of transplant nurses around the world. The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives.

Help ITNS spread the word! Feel free to print the contest brochure and display it at your hospital or workplace. Encourage your patients to nominate an ITNS member for this prestigious award!

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6 patients, 6 donors prepare for rare kidney swap chain
The Associated Press via ABC News
In a rare series of interlinked operations, six patients are getting kidney transplants from six donors at a San Francisco hospital. Dr. William Bry, a surgeon at California Pacific Medical Center, said the "kidney paired donations" are occurring thanks to a woman who started a chain of donations and a computer program that matches donors to recipients, KGO-TV reported. People in the chain are not compatible with relatives or friends to whom they are willing to give kidneys. So, they donate to strangers they do match.
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Many organ transplant surgeons in US experience burnout
The Medical News
Despite saving thousands of lives yearly, nearly half of organ transplant surgeons report a low sense of personal accomplishment and 40 percent feel emotionally exhausted, according to a national study on transplant surgeon burnout.
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Heavy drinking is not the only cause of serious liver trouble
The Washington Post
Heavy drinking is often the cause of liver failure. But much of the increase in serious liver disease these days is found among those who rarely or never drink. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, is caused by a buildup of fat in the liver; it can lead to cirrhosis, late-stage scarring or liver failure, just as alcoholism can. If you're overweight, obese, suffer from sleep apnea or have Type 2 diabetes along with several other conditions, you're at increased risk of NAFLD. But it's unclear what causes the disease.
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25 years of lung transplantation: 'Second wind' from Vienna
In November 1989, the first lung transplantation was performed at the medical faculty of the University of Vienna. 25 years later, the Medical University of Vienna or the AKH Wien is one of the four world-leading centers for lung transplantation along with Hannover, Toronto and Cleveland. 120 patients annually receive their "second wind" from Vienna.
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Double-lung transplantation associated with lower mortality in IPF
2 Minute Medicine
Since 2005, lung transplant allocation has been based on medical need, according to a new allocation algorithm called the Lung Allocation Score. Because of this change as well as changing population demographics in the U.S., the patients that are undergoing lung transplants are now older, sicker, and have more comorbidities, such as diabetes mellitus. This study sought to look at the difference in graft survival between single- and double-lung transplant recipients in two different patient populations (i.e., those with COPD and those with IPF) after the initiation of the new allocation algorithm.
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Serum sodium and survival benefit of liver transplantation
Liver Transplantation
Hyponatremia is associated with elevated wait-list mortality among end-stage liver disease candidates for liver transplantation (LT). However, the effect of low serum sodium on the survival benefit of LT has not been examined. We sought to determine whether pretransplant hyponatremia is associated with an altered LT survival benefit. Data were obtained from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. The study population consisted of adults (age ≥ 18 years) placed on the waiting list for LT between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2012.
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