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August, 2014

August 15, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 Pay It Forward Member-Get-A-Member Campaign Winners! The following three people encouraged their colleagues to join the AST and because of them, the AST community continues to grow. Marian O’Rourke, RN, CCTC - Grand Prize: Apple iPad and complimentary membership dues for 2015 Peter Nguyen, MD - 2nd Prize: $500 AST Bucks John Baddley, MD, MSPH - 3rd Prize: $250 AST Bucks Do you have a colleague that would enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of AST membership? Spread the word and encourage them to join! Visit http://www.myast.... Read More...
August 15, 2014
Lifetime Achievement Award J. Harold Helderman, MD The AST Lifetime Achievement Award is AST’s most prestigious award and honors a senior investigator whose lifelong work has advanced the field of transplantation. Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Helderman has held many distinguished positions for the institutions he has served. He is a consummate clinician with the attributes of an inquisitive and curious scientist, interested in providing superb care to his patients, but also relentless in his desire to further the field of transplantation science and medicine. Dr. Helderman has... Read More...
August 15, 2014
AST/Astellas Clinical Science Faculty Development Grant Dr. Jayme Locke University of Alabama at BirminghamDr. Locke is doing research on the long term outcomes after live kidney donation among expanded criteria living donors. AST/Astellas Basic Science Fellowship Grant Pritha Sen, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Sponsor: Jay Fishman, MDDr. Sen’s research will focus on CMV induced transcriptional networks and regulation of innate immunity in solid organ transplantation. AST/BMS Clinical Science Fellowship Grant Aravind Cherukuri, MD University of Pittsburgh Sponsor: David Rothstein, MDDr... Read More...
August 14, 2014
The Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice (DTCP) Strategic Planning Committee, comprised of the community partner organizations listed below, and government participation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has been meeting since September 2012 to develop a strategic plan for improving donation and transplantation practices across the nation. Most recently, this group of committed individuals and organizations identified and approved the following collective goal: To increase the number of... Read More...
August 06, 2014
The AST is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 board elections: President-Elect: James Allan, MD, MBATreasurer: Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil Councilors-at-Large: Sharon Bartosh, MD Richard Formica, MD Josh Levitsky, MD The results of the board elections were announced during the Town Hall meeting at the WTC in San Francisco, on July 29. Along with the elections, it was also announced that the three revisions to the AST Bylaws were passed. The Bylaw changes were: To change eligibility criteria for Emeritus membership so that individuals must be 65 years of age and have retired from... Read More...

July, 2014

July 31, 2014
AST Applauds Congressmen Nadler (D-NY) and Burgess (R-TX) for Introducing the Living Organ Donor Protection Act Legislation seeks to promote and protect living organ donors from discrimination. WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing the majority of professionals engaged in the field of organ transplantation, applauds the introduction of the "Living Donor Protection Act of 2014" by Congressmen Jerrold Nadler of New York and Michael Burgess, MD of Texas. The legislation seeks to: Prohibit denial of coverage or increase in... Read More...
July 28, 2014
The American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing the majority of professionals engaged in the field of organ transplantation, today announced the launch of the Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN), a professional network established to advance transplantation and immunology research. As modern organ transplantation continues to diversify, AST determined the field needed a network that could provide more opportunities for physicians, scientists and researchers to collaborate within their respective specialty areas and engage those interested in funding... Read More...
July 24, 2014
Many changes are happening this year. The biggest change is the implementation of the new Kidney Allocation System. In an effort to keep the AST membership as informed as possible, a section of the website will be dedicated to UNOS updates. We will post information that comes directly from UNOS as well as AST official responses to proposals out for public comment. Look for this new section to the website in August. All comments are read by UNOS, and committees respond to ALL input, so hearing from our membership is critical. We ask for careful review by appropriate AST committees and... Read More...
July 02, 2014
Click the link below to see how AST has reviewed and provided commentary on seventeen OPTN policy proposals that were out for public comment. AST's OPTN Policy Proposals Comments

June, 2014

June 24, 2014
Last week, the OPTN/UNOS released a concept document and questionnaire to seek input on issues being studied by their ​Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee, including potential liver allocation ​redistricting as an alternative to current distribution areas. The questionnaire is meant to identify topics for further study and discussion at a public forum, which is likely to occur in September. The concept document and questionnaire links are provided below. AST members are encouraged to individually evaluate the document and submit comments directly to UNOS. The deadline to... Read More...

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