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April, 2015

April 01, 2015
AST/ASTS Workshop on Increasing Organ Donation in the United States: Creating an “Arc of Change” From Removing Disincentives to Testing Incentives The American Society of Transplantation (AST) and American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) convened a workshop on June 2–3, 2014, to explore increasing both living and deceased organ donation in the United States. Recent articles in the lay press on illegal organ sales and transplant tourism highlight the impact of the current black market in kidneys that accompanies the growing global organ shortage. We believe it important not to conflate... Read More...

March, 2015

March 27, 2015
AST has reviewed and provided commentary on 10 OPTN/UNOS policy proposals that were out for public comment. Read the comments here.
March 26, 2015
The AST communities of practice elections are now open. Please visit: http://www.myast.org/content/communities-practice-2015-election to cast your vote. Votes must be cast by Friday, April 10, 2015. Please note that you must be logged in to the AST website in order to access the ballot.

February, 2015

February 23, 2015
February 18, 2015 AST ID COP executive committee Camille Kotton, chair Shirish Huprikar, co-chair Note: This guidance document was developed and approved by the ID COP Executive Committee but it has not been through an independent peer review process. Introduction As of February 13, 2015, 141 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles in 2015 alone, most of whom are part of a large, ongoing outbreak related to an amusement park in California.1 There were a record number of cases in the United States in 2014 with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National... Read More...

December, 2014

December 08, 2014
AST has reviewed and provided commentary on 17 OPTN/UNOS policy proposals that were out for public comment. You can view the comments here.

November, 2014

November 19, 2014
The AST applauds the efforts of UNOS to explore ways of increasing equity in access to transplantation by examining the issue of liver redistricting. In response to these efforts, the AST has created a workgroup to closely follow the work of the UNOS liver committee. This workgroup has produced a document that summarizes the issues and outlines key considerations, so that you can better understand the implications of any proposal that might be put forth. AST Educational Document on Liver Redistricting The AST endorses equitable and timely allocation of donor organs, as well as efforts to ... Read More...

October, 2014

October 30, 2014
The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Controle and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Click here to view a summary of key messages about the outbreak and the response. ASPR continues to provide Ebola information for healthcare... Read More...
October 09, 2014
Interview forms optimized for obtaining medical history, behavioral risk, and travel information for a donor of organs and/or tissues, including ocular tissue, are now available. Three "Uniform Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI)" forms are available at: Uniform DRAI - Donor > 12 yrs old 9-10-14 Uniform DRAI - Child donor less than or equal to 12 yrs old 9-10-14 Uniform DRAI -... Read More...
October 03, 2014
In the rare ‘easy consensus’ of the transplant world, we can agree that live donor kidney transplantation is the best treatment option for most patients with late-stage CKD. Consequently, the declining rate of living kidney donation in the US has been confounding. In spite of this, novel strategies to remove barriers to living donation have neither been effectively disseminated nor widely implemented. To address these issues, a consensus conference was held June 5-6, 2014 to identify best practices and knowledge gaps pertaining to live donor kidney transplantation and living kidney donation.... Read More...
October 03, 2014
The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 AST Board of Directors is now closed. Dr. Daniel Salomon, Chair of the Governance Committee, invites AST members to submit nominations for qualified individuals to serve on the AST Board of Directors. Open positions on the AST Board of Directors include the President-Elect, Secretary (two-year term), and three Councilors-at-Large (three-year terms). The term of service begins with the rotation of the board at the annual Town Hall meeting that will be held during the 2015 American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, PA. Completed nominations... Read More...