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July, 2013

July 15, 2013
Gene test may ID kidney rejection MedPage 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... 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 China Transplantation (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, 2014... 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 candidates By 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...
June 10, 2013
In addition to welcoming Dr. Dan Salomon as the AST President, the AST is pleased to welcome three new members to its board: Dr. Larry B. Melton, Ph.D.; Dr. Ronald G. Gill, Ph.D.; and Dr. David P. Nelson. Dr. Kenneth A. Newell, Ph.D., was also voted as president elect. The results of the board of director elections were announced during the Town Hall Meeting at ATC in Seattle on May 20. Welcome to our newest board members, and congratulations to Dr. Newell! 
June 10, 2013
Congratulations to the 2013 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. Christopher Martin, BS (Pharm) - Grand Prize: Apple iPad and complementary membership dues for 2014 Mourad Alsabaugh, MD - 2nd Prize: $500 AST Bucks Nicolae Leca, MD - 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 ... Read More...

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