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October, 2019

October 15, 2019
The OPTN Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee seeks public comment beginning October 15, 2019, on a proposed change to a closed variance for allocation of the second segment of split livers. The proposed amendment would align the geographic distribution area within the variance to the geographic distribution units currently in use, as well as those to be used upon future implementation of the acuity circles distribution policy. This proposal will be posted to the ... Read More...

July, 2019

July 24, 2019
Dear Transplant Professionals, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) recently published data on shortages of tacrolimus, an anti-rejection medicine used to prevent rejection after organ transplantation.1-8 At the time this information was published, these shortages apply to some generic versions of tacrolimus, and dates for resolution of the shortages range from July 2019 to April 2020. Generic formulations have been evaluated by the FDA and are equivalent to brand-name (innovator) medicines.9  If this shortage affects your patients,... Read More...
July 10, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing a majority of the nation's healthcare professionals involved in the field of solid organ transplantation, strongly applaud today's kidney patient-focused Executive Order from President Donald Trump and his healthcare team. Today's health policy announcements will hopefully serve to empower kidney patients, their families, and those individuals donating or awaiting a lifesaving donor organ.  AST President Emily Blumberg, MD, stated today, "The AST strongly commends the Administration, Secretary of HHS Azar, as... Read More...
July 02, 2019
On July 1, 2019, AST President-Elect, Richard Formica, MD, was invited to a conversation with the White House health policy team on kidney disease. Dr. Formica joined leaders from other organizations to discuss perspectives on topics including changes that should be made to prevent the progression of kidney disease, ways to promote alternatives to center-based dialysis, and how to increase transplant rates. The AST continues to advocate for the issues that impact the transplant community. For more information, view our... Read More...

June, 2019

June 04, 2019
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced the recipients of its 2019 Achievement Awards at the recent American Transplant Congress (ATC) meeting in Boston, MA. The recipients were awarded for their achievements and contributions to the AST and the field of transplantation. Lifetime Achievement Award – Jay Fishman, MD The 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Jay Fishman, MD. Dr. Fishman is recognized internationally as a leader in transplantation and in infectious disease. He is known for his work in the integration of research in microbiology and infectious disease... Read More...
June 04, 2019
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) announced its recently elected 2019-2020 board members, including its new President, President-elect, and Secretary, at the American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Boston, MA. The AST inducted its new president, Emily Blumberg, MD during its annual meeting on June 3, 2019. Dr. Blumberg is a Transplant Infectious Diseases specialist and the Director of the Transplant Infectious Diseases Program and the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a member of the AST since 1999 and has been the Chair of the Training... Read More...

April, 2019

April 12, 2019
The American Journal of Transplantation invites applications for its newly established Editorial Fellowship Program, which will offer a yearlong editorial experience in the publication and peer review process to fellows and junior faculty in transplant-related fields.     Each AJT Editorial Fellow will work directly with an experienced Associate Editor and staff to gain experience in the day-to-day steps of peer review and publication through a mentor-based relationship. Each mentor–mentee pair will review original submissions together to help the fellow develop skills in assessing and... Read More...

March, 2019

March 07, 2019
We are pleased to announce that the AST Governance Committee has finalized the ballot for the 2019 AST Board Elections. On behalf of the Society, we would like to sincerely thank each of you who submitted a nomination or expressed interest in joining the AST Board of Directors. The AST received nearly 30 nominations for this election. The large number of exceptional candidates made the selection process especially challenging this year. The Governance Committee ultimately recommended expanding the pool of nominees put forward for each of the three open Councilor-at-Large positions from two... Read More...

February, 2019

February 26, 2019
On February 22, 2019, the American Society of Transplantation proudly presented the AST Innovation Award to the National Kidney Registry for their work in kidney paired exchange. Garet Hil, Joe Sinacore, and Gabriel Danovitch accepted the award at the Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEoT) meeting in Phoenix, AZ.  The National Kidney Registry successfully operationalized a national, multi-center paired kidney exchange program with a growing network of over 90 centers. They have facilitated over 3,000 kidney paired donations since they began in 2008. This program’s successes led to reduced... Read More...
February 15, 2019
The AST values its members and consistently works to improve member experience. The AST is launching an improved Member Portal! Due to the upgrade, some member services will be unavailable between Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, March 5, including: Editing your profile Changing your COP selections Making a donation to the AST Renewing your membership, if you have not done so already During this time, members can still access the online American Journal of Transplantation, COP Community Hub communications, and online educational materials. The new Member Portal will offer many new... Read More...

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