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February, 2019

February 01, 2019
 The AST acknowledges the value of clinical practice guidelines/recommendations and intends to contribute by creating evidence-based guidance for select topics relevant to transplant practice. At this time, the AST Board has approved the creation of "AST Clinical Practice Recommendations for Induction Immunosuppression in Kidney Transplantation" and is seeking a multidisciplinary panel of experts to support this initiative. The AST invites self-nominations to serve on the project's writing and/or the review groups. Final participants will be appointed by the AST Board, with input from the AST... Read More...
February 01, 2019
The Community of Basic Scientists (COBS) is pleased to announce that its name is being changed to the Community of Transplant Scientists (COTS). This is to reflect the fact that many COBS members actually conduct translational research. Furthermore, no other AST Community of Practice represents translational scientists. Thus, with the renaming of our community of practice to COTS, we aim to both provide a new home and effectively advocate for all basic and translational scientists within the AST.... Read More...

January, 2019

January 16, 2019
In 2018, there were over 160,000 views on the COP Hub. All Communities of Practice (COPs) allow transplant professionals within specific specialties to connect, collaborate, and discuss relevant issues. Thank you to all COP members who participated on the hub last year. Here are some highlights from 2018. Most visited COP Hub Communities  Transplant Pharmacy COP (Tx Pharm)  Infectious Disease COP (IDCOP)  Top COP Discussions “New OPTN proposal to abolish Pediatric committee and convert to advisory council” – Pediatric COP (PCOP) -... Read More...
January 03, 2019
ABIM announced that registration is now open for all 2019 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) assessments. For the specific registration and exam dates for both the Knowledge Check-In and also the traditional 10-year MOC exam in your relevant discipline(s), check out the assessment information.

December, 2018

December 21, 2018
The Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute is accepting nominations for the 2020 Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, awarded annually to a national or international leader in the field of organ transplantation and immunology. The prize consists of a crystal award, an honorarium of $10,000, and travel expenses to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the spring of 2020 to formally receive the award and to present the Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology lecture. The winner will also participate in related activities and meet informally with faculty,... Read More...
December 21, 2018
Call for Applications Editor in Chief American Journal of Transplantation   The American Society of Transplantation and The American Society of Transplant Surgeons seek candidates for the position of Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT). AJT is a monthly, peer reviewed journal dedicated to advancing the science and practice of organ transplantation worldwide by reporting novel and rigorous research. Candidates should possess broad knowledge and experience of organ transplantation and have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement in addition to... Read More...

October, 2018

October 10, 2018
On October 3, members of AST’s leadership went to Washington, DC to meet with key legislators about the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act and Living Donor Protection Act. The AST invited members of the transplant patient community to share their personal end-stage renal disease and transplant stories. The AST brought three kidney recipients and a kidney-pancreas candidate to over a dozen Congressional offices. The Society plans to... Read More...
October 10, 2018
UNOS released a special public comment this week related to liver and intestinal organ allocation. This new proposal, open October 8 through November 1, removes donor service area and regions. This is the result of current litigation related to organ allocation. Please visit the OPTN website here to review the proposal The transplant community is encouraged to attend the national webinar to be conducted by UNOS on October 9. The webinar will provide an important opportunity to learn about the proposal and prepare for... Read More...
October 10, 2018
The AST partnered with American Association of Kidney Patients, American Society of Nephrology, and American Society of Transplant Surgeons on a joint letter of continuing concern related to an updated draft of the Dialysis PATIENTS Demonstration Act of 2017 (revisions to H.R. 4143) and its impact of access to kidney transplantation. (October 2018). To learn more about the AST's public policy efforts,... Read More...

August, 2018

August 30, 2018
In a formal announcement yesterday, the Department of Labor responded to a legislative provision authored by U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler and released a legal opinion stating that individuals who choose to donate an organ are covered under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and will not have to fear losing their job. Earlier this year, Jaime successfully secured a legislative provision in a U.S. House Appropriations funding bill calling for the Department of Labor to issue formal guidance on whether the FMLA protects living donors. The Department of Labor’s legal opinion... Read More...

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