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July, 2013

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...
June 07, 2013
Blood tests OK for fibrosis diagnosis in hepatitus C MedPage Today Blood testing can accurately identify clinically significant fibrosis and cirrhosis in people with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and may be an alternative to liver biopsy in some patients, a new study found. The analysis of 172 studies comparing various blood tests to biopsy in HCV patients revealed that some of the simplest, cheapest blood tests performed as well as more expensive, complex tests, reported Dr. Roger Chou, and Ngoc Wasson, MPH, from the Evidence-Based Practice Center at Oregon Health and Science... Read More...
June 06, 2013
The AST and ASTS have released a joint statement regarding the recent media attention to the OPTN lung allocation policy. Read the statement here.
June 05, 2013
AST/Novartis Basic Science Faculty Development Grant Dr. Jamil Azzi Research Title: The Novel Role of P13Ky Pathway in Alloimmunity and Tolerance Dr. Azzi is an instructor in medicine from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is particularly interested in achieving allograft tolerance, and developed an early interest in exploring innovative and safer immunosuppressive strategies. His previous research experiences lead him to conclude that finding tolerogenic strategies relies on targeting key players in the survival of memory and regulatory cells. Dr. Azzi’s goal is to improve patient care as an... Read More...