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...
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...
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... Read More...
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...
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
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...
Pfizer's ARTS (Advancing Research in Transplantation Science) Research Update meeting will be held in Seattle on Saturday, May 18, 7:30 - 9:30 PM.
Presentations of the 9 ARTS research projects on mTOR inhibition will be given by the investigators combined with round table discussions. The meeting is open to the public on a first come first serve basis to accomodate the room's maximum capacity.
Where: Sheraton Hotel - The Issaquah Room
When: Saturday, May 18; 7:30 - 9:30 PM
The AST Board of Directors online elections are now open! Eligible members are encouraged to cast their votes now. Visit: www.myAST.org/content/2013-ast-elections
to cast your vote. You will be prompted to log in to the AST website (if not already logged in). Members are also asked to vote to accept or reject a number of proposed bylaw revisions.
To learn the election results, we invite you to attend the 2013 annual members business meeting during the 2013 American Transplant Congress. The business meeting will be in the... Read More...
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae: A menace to our most vulnerable patients
Source: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
The emergence of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) highlights the importance of effective antibiotics to maintain the safety of our healthcare system. Clinicians will encounter CRE as a cause of difficult-to-treat and often fatal infections in hospitalized patients. This review examines the mechanisms of carbapenem resistance, the dissemination and clinical impact of these resistant organisms and challenges to their detection, treatment and control.... Read More...
Recently a transmission of rabies occurred from an infected donor to an organ recipient. This case reminds us that potential organ donors need to be carefully evaluated for the presence of meningoencephalitis. Although uncommon, these transmissions result in a high rate of adverse events. The Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee (DTAC) has provided practical guidance on the evaluation of potential organ donors for meningoencephalitis during the screening procedure. View the guidance... Read More...