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April, 2013

April 26, 2013
Eligible AST members are encouraged 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 sent to eligible members earlier this week. Election results will be announced at the AST Town Hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 20, at 5:45 p.m. in Room 2 A/B of the Washington State Convention Center. Email Nicole Poponi at npoponi... Read More...
April 26, 2013
AST's Timely Topics in Transplantation webinar series is available free to members 24/7 online. Newly-added webinars include "DSA: New Concerns and New Therapies," "New Strategies in Hepatitis Management," and "Meeting the Challenges of Resistance." AST's Business of Transplantation webinar series consists of live monthly webinars available in archive format shortly after the air date. To see the May and June broadcast dates, or view archived broadcasts, click here.
April 26, 2013
AST members are invited to attend a town hall meeting at ATC on Monday, May 20 at 5:45 p.m. in room 2 A/B at 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 field of transplantation, and how the society is positioned to address those key issues. In addition, we'll announce the Board of Director election results, recognize and honor AST volunteer leadership, and award the 2013 research grants. RSVP for the Town Hall/Excellence in Transplantation Reception... Read More...
April 26, 2013
Are you currently looking for a new position in the field of transplantation? Will you be attending the ATC in Seattle? Then we encourage you to browse AST's Career Center for open jobs and participate in the ATC Career Connections Event! All job postings with the ATC logo next to them indicate that the employer will also be attending ATC, and is looking to potentially interview candidates while both parties are at the meeting. Should an employer wish to meet with you, they will coordinate a mutually convenient time, and AST will... Read More...
April 26, 2013
The AST Institutional Support Program provides transplant centers with recognition opportunities and benefits throughout the year in exchange for a contribution of $3,000. This contribution will be used to support AST's core missions of education, research, advocacy and organ donation. AST offers numerous programs for transplant professionals and the support of the community is critically important to the success of the society's programs.... Read More...
April 25, 2013
168 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives requested to the Chairmen and Ranking members of the Full Appropriations Committee and NIH Subcommittes that NIH receives at least $32 billion for Fiscal year (FY) 2014. AST and its lobbyists successfuly assisted in securing Members of Congress to sign-on to this important letter. This letter was spearheaded by Congressmen Markey (D-MA0 and McKinley (R-WV). We have also been regularly meeting with the House and Senate Appropriations leaders regarding medical research funding.... Read More...
April 25, 2013
Join us on Monday, May 6 at 3 pm ET to discuss the article "Antibodies to K-α 1 Tubulin and Collagen V Are Associated with Chronic Rejection after Lung Transplantation" from the August 2012 issue of AJT. Read more about the May 6 journal club! There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is advised to secure your place. Pre-register today to receive announcements leading up to the day of the journal club.Author: Ramsey Hachem, MD, Washington University School... Read More...
April 19, 2013
Transmission of Strongyloides stercoralis through transplantation of solid organs Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Strongyloides stercoralis is an intestinal nematode endemic in the tropics and subtropics. Immunocompetent hosts typically are asymptomatic, despite chronic Strongyloides infection. In contrast, immunocompromised patients are at risk for hyperinfection syndrome and disseminated disease, with a fatality rate more than 50 percent (1–3). The infection source for immunocompromised patients, such as solid organ transplant recipients, is not always apparent and... Read More...
April 17, 2013
AST and ASTS comments on the Proposed Rule, "Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Part II - Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction" published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2013. Read the letter here.
April 12, 2013
Transcatheter Potts shunt creation in patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension: Initial clinical experience Source: The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation Patients with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) face significant morbidity and death as a consequence of progressive right heart failure. Surgical shunt placement between the left PA and descending aorta (Potts shunt) appears promising for PAH palliation in children; however, surgical mortality is likely to be unacceptably high in adults with PAH. In a recent study, researchers describe a technique for... Read More...

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