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May, 2013

May 31, 2013
Are you interested in receiving recognition and increased exposure for your transplant center? Does you center support the future of transplantation and value the educational, networking and research opportunities that the American Society of Transplantation (AST) provides to its members? Does your center support AST's lobbying of the U.S. Congress and Federal Agencies to secure a more transplant provided friendly environment for patients and physicians? If the answer to these questions is YES, please consider having your center participate in AST's Institutional Support Program. With a... Read More...
May 28, 2013
Effective May 20, 2013, Robert W. Walsh has been appointed as the Director of HRSA's Division of Transplantation (DoT). Bob has worked within the DoT for approximately five years, most recently as the Project Officer for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) contract. In that capacity, he also served as an ex offivio member of the OPTN Board of Directors and numerous committees. Prior to joining HRSA, Bob worked at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. There, he served in several capacities including the Associate Executive Director for Governance. Bob... Read More...
May 24, 2013
4 key issues in facial allotransplantation By 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 risk MedPage 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 transplantation Pediatric Transplantation (subscription required)  In patients awaiting LuTx, MV and ECMO are often... 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...

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