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July, 2013

July 19, 2013
Focal nodular hyperplasia of the liver in children after hematopoietic stem cell transplantationPediatric Transplantation (login required) FNH is a non-malignant neoplasia of the liver rarely described in children. A significant percentage of the pediatric cases have been reported in patients with a history of malignant disease treated with chemo-radiation therapy and in children who were given HSCT. Little is known about the pathogenesis of FNH in transplanted children, but many risk factors linked to the HSCT procedure have been hypothesized. The detection of hepatic nodules, particularly... Read More...
July 18, 2013
In a press release sent out yesterday, Representative Lois Capps (CA-24) applauded the House Energy and Commerce Committee's passage of the HOPE Act (H.R. 698, the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act), a bill she authored that would create a science-based path for medical research to proceed on the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. AST President, Dr. Daniel Salomon, was quoted in the press release commending the work of Congresswoman Capps to introduce the HOPE Act and for her work in developing the new policy. "On behalf of the American Society... Read More...
July 15, 2013
Gene test may ID kidney rejectionMedPage Today (login required) A urine-derived three-gene signature showed potential for noninvasive discrimination of kidney grafts that are being rejected from those that are not, a study of almost 500 kidney recipients showed. Read more.  Donor-specific antibodies: Can they predict C4d deposition in pediatric heart recipients?Pediatric Transplantation (login required) There is limited evidence regarding the utility of circulating DSA in surveillance for... Read More...
July 09, 2013
The AST recently commented on the following OPTN policy proposals: Proposal to Redefine the Role of the Vice-President of the Board of Directors Propoal to Add Serum Sodium to the MELD Score Proposed Changed to the OPTN Bylaws Governing Histocompatibility Labs Proposed Update to the HLA Equivalency Tables in Appendix 3A Proposal to Clarify Requirements for Independent Donor Advocates (IDA) at Living Kidney Donor Recovery Center Proposal to Change Pediatric Heart Allocation Policy Click here to read AST's... Read More...
July 08, 2013
The national program for deceased organ donation in ChinaTransplantation (login required) China has developed a new national program for deceased-organ donation to address the need for organ transplantation in the country. The program adheres to the World Health Organization guiding principles, is compliant with the Declaration of Istanbul, and respects the cultural and social values of the Chinese people. The experience of pilot trials conducted between 2010 and 2012 was evaluated to generate a comprehensive design of a national program of organ donation and transplantation for... Read More...
July 08, 2013
AST's Timely Topics in Transplantation webinar series is available free to members 24/7 online Webinars include "DSA: New Concerns and New Therapies," "New Strategies in Hepatitis Management," and "Meeting the Challenges of Resistance." The AST's Business of Transplantation live webinar series has concluded, but all eight webinars are available in archive format.
July 08, 2013
Are we on the right track with new drugs and biologics? Have the targets changed? Where can we really impact outcomes with "technology-omics?" The time has come to integrate our strategies, therapies and technology, and critically assess their merits as we face the enormous task of extending transplant survival. Save the date for the 2014 AST Cutting Edge of Transplantation where expert clinicians, leading diagnosticians, and world class scientists will address this enormous challenge together with an engaged audience.  When: Feb. 13-16,... Read More...

June, 2013

June 28, 2013
American Society of Transplantation Board Member Provides Expert Testimony to House Energy & Commerce Committee in Support of Key Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage Legislation Dr. Larry Melton of Baylor University Medical Center offers insight to Congress as it examines reforms to improve the Medicare Part B Drug Program WASHINGTON, DC, June 28, 2013 - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), an international organization of transplant professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation, today announced that AST Board Member Dr. Larry Melton has offered key testimony... Read More...
June 19, 2013
* CALL TO ACTION - Contact Your House Member * Last night the U.S. Senate passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act by a unanimous vote. As you know, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) and Washington, DC office have advocated strongly for this bill on Capitol Hill. The Society was most instrumental in securing key Majority support for the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives and has been working collectively with all stakeholders to build bipartisan and bicameral support for the bill. AST is also hosting a meeting of all the HOPE Act stakeholders next week in our DC... Read More...
June 14, 2013
A case for bariatric surgery among obese renal transplant candidatesBy Maria Frisch Approximately 1 in 3 U.S. adults are obese or have a body mass index of 30 or higher. England and Canada aren't far behind at every 1 in 4. This is unfortunate, given the common association between obesity and excess morbidity and mortality. This association is particularly true in renal transplant surgery. Thus, consideration of presurgical bariatric surgery may be warranted in cases where prescribed dietary therapy and physical activity has failed.... Read More...

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