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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...
February 14, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. --Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), joined by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), introduced the Living Donor Protection Act of 2019 to protect the rights of living organ donors. Organ donation saves thousands of lives every year, but roadblocks remain that too often stop individuals from becoming living donors. Last year, after pressure from Congress, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a legal opinion stating that individuals who choose to donate an organ are covered under the Family... Read More...
February 08, 2019
OPTN/UNOS public comment is now open through March 22, 2019. As a member of the transplant community, you are encouraged to post your thoughts on the OPTN website during the public comment period, as both individual and organization comments are considered by the sponsoring committee during the policy development process. There are now ten proposals offered, with a recent addition that is focused on MELD exception scores during the National Liver Review Board transition. During the public comment period, UNOS offers and... Read More...
February 06, 2019
The nomination window for the AST Community of Practice (COP) election is now open. To learn more about the available positions, click here. All nominations must be submitted by February 25.  To learn more, visit the COP election page.    
February 05, 2019
An informational flyer was developed by the AST Pediatric, Infectious Disease, and Transplant Pharmacy Communities of Practice. This flyer was created to help educate the transplant patient community about the flu vaccine.  
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.