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December, 2020

December 27, 2020
After nearly 20 years of tireless advocacy from the transplant stakeholder community and some very committed Congressional leaders, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (Immuno Bill) was passed today by Congress and signed into law by President Trump.  The AST commends Senators Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Durbin (D-IL) and Congressmen Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Kind (D-WI) for their steadfast support and commitment over many sessions of Congress to make today’s passage a reality.  “Today’s passage of the Immuno Bill by the U.S. Senate and House of... Read More...
December 22, 2020
After nearly 20 years of tireless advocacy from the transplant stakeholder community and some very committed Congressional leaders, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (Immuno Bill) was passed by the U.S. Congress. The AST commends Senators Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Durbin (D-IL) and Congressmen Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Kind (D-WI) for their steadfast support and commitment over many sessions of Congress to make today’s passage a reality.  The AST, representing a majority of medical professionals engaged in solid organ transplantation, has long... Read More...
December 21, 2020
After nearly 20 years of tireless advocacy from the transplant stakeholder community and some very committed Congressional leaders, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (Immuno Bill) was passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives. It is now being sent to the Senate for approval.  The AST, representing a majority of medical professionals engaged in solid organ transplantation, has long advocated for removing the 36-month immunosuppressive drug coverage limitation for kidney transplant patients. The Immuno Bill passage has remained a top... Read More...
December 08, 2020
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (Immuno Bill). “Today’s House passage of the Immuno Bill is a huge victory for kidney transplant recipients, donors, and their families,” stated AST President Dr. Richard Formica. The AST, representing a majority of medical professionals engaged in the field of solid organ transplantation, commends the steadfast commitment and resolve of Immuno Bill champions Congressmen Ron Kind (D-WI) and Dr. Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) for their extraordinary efforts to... Read More...

November, 2020

November 24, 2020
Thanks to the generous offer from CareDx, all donations up to $50,000 that are designated to research will be 100% matched from November 24 – December 8, 2020. The AST hopes to raise enough funds during this campaign to fund a 2021 transplant research grant.  To donate, please visit our donation page. How This Campaign Works With the Donation Derby COP members interested in contributing to the Donation Derby can support their COP(s) and the AST Research Fund. COPs will receive the original donation according to the... Read More...
November 18, 2020
A number of transplant organizations from around the world continue their partnership to create a fourth educational webinar for the organ donation and transplantation communities. Our goal is to share experiences to date and respond to your questions about the impact of COVID-19 on organ donation and transplantation. COVID-19: Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall #4 was recorded on December 3, 2020. View Recording Talks include: What happened to transplantation during the COVID-19 Pandemic? U.S. Experience (David... Read More...
November 17, 2020
The AST Board of Directors has approved an expansion of the AST Achievement Awards to offer additional opportunities to members who are almost exclusively clinically or administratively focused. These awards will complement AST’s extensive research-focused award offerings and allow the Society to recognize the extensive contributions of members in diverse roles within transplant.   Three graduated Distinguished Career Awards will be open to non-physician clinicians and administrators at various stages of their careers. Members eligible for these awards include, but are not limited to,... Read More...
November 17, 2020
With the adoption of the AST’s Statement on Racism in June 2020, AST extended its mission to work in support of the elimination of systemic racism in the field of transplantation and made a commitment to organizational change to elevate the issues of diversity and equity within the Society.   The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access to Life (IDEAL) Task Force, established to spearhead AST’s evolution in this area, reviewed the AST Achievement Awards program prior to the launch of the 2021 Awards cycle. The IDEAL Task Force identified an opportunity to recognize members whose work has... Read More...

October, 2020

October 21, 2020
James Redford, documentary filmmaker, activist, and son of Robert Redford, passed away on October 16, 2020, at the age of 58. Redford had been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis and received two liver transplants in 1993. His liver disease returned two years ago, and the cancer was discovered in his bile duct in November 2019. He was on the waiting list for a third transplant. He showed his gratitude for his transplant and organ donor by being a tremendous advocate for the transplant community. In 1995, he launched the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness. He also... Read More...
October 07, 2020
  The American Society of Transplantation Announces New Living Donor Circle of Excellence Program Fourteen large employers join Circle of Excellence to increase living organ donation MOUNT LAUREL, NJ (Oct. 7, 2020) – The American Society of Transplantation (AST) is proud to announce its new Living Donor Circle of Excellence program. “The Circle” celebrates employers who implement internal policies that provide salary support to their employees who choose to be a living organ donor. Today, more than 100,000 patients are waiting for a life-saving kidney or liver transplant. Of the... Read More...

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