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ITNS is pleased to announce the availability of a $2,500 research grant for 2014. The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge.

This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. The application deadline is July 1, 2014. Learn more about the guidelines and view the application.
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Call for Nominations
Are you devoted to the vision of ITNS? Do you have a desire to contribute to your association's development? Build your professional reputation and share your expertise by applying to join the ITNS Board of Directors in 2014. Leaders are responsible for guiding the association, anticipating change in the transplant environment and addressing the interests and needs of members.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership position and becoming a vital part in shaping the future of transplant nursing, review the information about becoming a candidate. The deadline to receive completed candidate applications is Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5 p.m. Central Standard Time (USA).

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After success with uterus transplantation, researchers take the next step
By Joy Burgess
In 2012 and 2013, nine uterus transplants were performed at the University of Gothenburg by a team of doctors and researchers. The transplants were performed on Swedish women and used organs from live donors, becoming the first live organ-donor uterus transplants ever performed in the world. Despite long surgeries, the women who have undergone transplantation have done well. With the success of the transplants documented, the next step in the process is using IVF treatment to help these women become pregnant.
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Post-transplant hip fracture rate declining
Renal & Urology News
Hip fractures remain an important complication following kidney transplantation, but the incidence of these fractures has decreased substantially since 1997, according to a new study. The study, led by Dr. Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, ScD, associate professor of medicine and director of clinical research in the Division of Nephrology at Stanford University of School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., included 69,740 patients who under kidney transplantation from 1997 to 2010.
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Medicare rules make offsite organ recovery costly
HealthLeaders Media
Using organ procurement organizations reduces costs and is safer for patients and medical staff. But complex reimbursement rules deter some transplant hospitals from allowing organs from brain-dead donors to be recovered off site.
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If you needed an organ transplant, would you want one that was grown inside of a pig?
New advances in medicine mean that Japanese scientists could soon be able to grow human organs inside of pigs. The whole process can take no time, either; we're talking about less than a year. Strict Japanese laws mean that scientists are traveling abroad to create a pig that is a pig, by all accounts, with human cells and organs — a type of pig-human hybrid. In fact, one of the pioneering Japanese scientists has recently been "lured" to Stanford University to continue his research.
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6,585 organ transplants performed in Taiwan in 10 years
A total of 6,585 organ transplants covered by national health insurance were performed in Taiwan between 2003 and 2012, with liver transplants accounting for the largest number, government statistics indicated.
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Reboot the immune system to avoid transplant rejection
New Scientist
There's a better way to deal with rejection. People who have received a donor organ need to take a host of toxic drugs to stop their immune system attacking it. Soon they might just have their immune system rebooted — making it accept the new organ.
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Ribavirin may treat hepatitis E infection in transplant recipients
Renal & Urology News
Ribavirin may be an effective form of monotherapy for solid-organ transplant patients with chronic hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection, French researchers reported in a study published online ahead of print in The New England Journal of Medicine. "To date, there is no established therapy for HEV infection," a research team led by Dr. Nassim Kamar, Ph.D., of Toulouse University, stated. "Here we report a combined case series from several transplantation centers in France, involving solid-organ transplant recipients infected with HEV who were treated with ribavirin alone."
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