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May, 2013

May 24, 2013
4 key issues in facial allotransplantationBy Maria Frisch Facial allotransplantation has transformed the future of patients with severe facial disfigurement by allowing for nearly normal facial restoration. Since 2005, at least 21 facial allotransplantations have been performed worldwide, with an estimated 90 percent overall success rate — two of the 21 patients died. This article summarizes four key issues regarding this procedure. Read more.  Liver... Read More...
May 24, 2013
The AST is only as strong as our members, so we are asking for your help in supporting the AST Endowment if you have not already done so this year. The Endowment Fund has made it possible for the society to subsidize programs that are core to our mission, such as funding for research grants and education for the next generation of transplant professionals at our annual fellows symposium. In a time when funding from external sources is declining, any contribution, great or small, is very much appreciated. And you can be confident that 100... Read More...
May 24, 2013
Nearly 4,000 transplant professionals from around the world came together at this year's American Transplant Congress in Seattle. Between the 600 exhibitors and 1,776 oral and poster presenters, attendees enjoyed networking events, sunrise symposia, COP meetings and events and opportunities to connect with the AST colleagues. The AST also acknowledged the AST Achievement Award winners, grant recipients and Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Dr. Roy First, while Immediate Past President Dr. Roz... Read More...
May 21, 2013
The field of organ transplantation is currently experiencing a severe decline in therapeutic and device innovation. Although previous investments in transplant research have saved and improved countless lives, the medical science behind the gift-of-life has entered a period where it may lose its edge if pharmaceutical and device development strategies are not encouraged. AST has been meeting with officials within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Medical Policy, Division of Transplantation and the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to identify and discuss some of... Read More...
May 13, 2013
The AST is only as strong as our members, so we are asking for your help in supporting the AST Endowment if you have not already done so this year. The Endowment Fund has made it possible for the society to subsidize programs that are core to our mission, such as funding for research grants and education for the next generation of transplant professionals at our annual fellows symposium. In a time when funding from external sources is declining, any contribution, great or small, is very much appreciated. And you can be confident that 100... Read More...
May 13, 2013
If you donated to the AST Endowment in 2012 or 2013, please stop by the AST Membership Booth (booth # 701) during ATC to receive an Endowment Contributor ribbon for your ATC badge. 
May 10, 2013
Lung transplant: Jump to top of list may carry riskMedPage Today An acute increase in lung allocation score (LAS) of more than 5 units in the month before lung transplant is a strong and independent predictor of post-transplant death, according to a new study. Read more.  Concept of 'awake venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation' in pediatric patients awaiting lung transplantationPediatric Transplantation (subscription required) In patients awaiting LuTx, MV and ECMO are often the last... Read More...
May 10, 2013
Eligible AST members have 10 days left to cast their votes for the AST Board of Directors, as well as various bylaw revisions. The voting site will prompt you to login to the AST website where you will find more detailed information. Usernames and passwords were previously sent to eligible members. Election results will be announced at the AST Town Hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 20, at 5:45 p.m. in Room 3 A/B of the Washington State Convention Center. Email... Read More...
May 10, 2013
AST members are invited to attend a town hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 20 at 5:45 PM in Room 2 A/B of the Washington State Convention Center. The town hall will provide a forum for open discussion between the membership and the leadership about key issues impacting the society and the field of transplantation, and how the society is positioned to address those key issues. In addition, we'll annouce the AST Board of Directors election results, recognize and honor AST volunteer leadership, and award the 2013 research grant recipients. RSVP for the Town Hall/Excellence in Transplantation... Read More...

April, 2013

April 26, 2013
Local access to subspecialty care influences the chance of receiving a liver transplant Source: Liver Transplantation (subscription required) Prior studies have examined the impact of demographic factors on liver transplant outcomes. These factors may be surrogate markers for access to medical care. Researchers investigated physician density in referred patients' hospital service areas (HSAs) as a factor in patients' probability of receiving a liver transplant. Researchers performed a retrospective review of patients referred for liver transplantation from 2002 through 2010.... Read More...

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