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March, 2013

March 25, 2013
AST members and non-members are invited to a free online journal club on Tuesday, March 26 at 3:00 PM Eastern. The article to be discussed is the "Effect of Corticosteroid Withdrawal on Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate Mofetil Exposure in a Randomized Multicenter Study". Auther Dr. Fuad Shihab will participate in the discussion led by facilitator Lisa McDevitt-Potter, PharmD. Pre-registration is recommended to secure your place.
March 22, 2013
This amendment creates a deficit-neutral reserve fund to allow for growth of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is being offered by the Deputy Senate Majority Leader and is coordinated with other key NIH members of congress champions. AST has endorsed this amendement. Click here to read the amendment.Click here to read Senator Durbin's summary of the amendment.
March 22, 2013
The Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (HR 1325) was introduced by Congressmen Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-Texas) and Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin). This legislation would allow individuals who are eligible for immunosuppressive drugs under Medicare Part B to continue to receive their vital treatment past the current 36 month cutoff.  Read the full press release.
March 22, 2013
The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance has a open position for Executive Director. For more information, please see the position summary.
March 18, 2013
Study: Colonization with small conidia Aspergillus species is associated with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) Aspergillus colonization after lung transplantation may increase the risk for bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), a disease of small airways. Researchers hypothesized that colonization with small conidia Aspergillus species would be associated with a greater risk of BOS, based upon an increased likelihood of deposition in small airways. Although other virulence traits besides conidia size may be important, it... Read More...
March 08, 2013
Cardiac troponin T before and after kidney transplantation: Determinants and implications for posttransplant survival Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) Pretransplant cardiac troponin T (cTnTpre) is a significant predictor of survival postkidney transplantation. Researchers assessed correlates of cTnT levels pre- and posttransplantation and their relationship with recipient survival. A total of 1206 adult recipients of kidney grafts between 2000 and 2010 were included. ... Read More...
March 05, 2013
The National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (NTPR) annouces its new home at Gift of Life Institute, the research branch of the Transplant Foundation. Dr. Vincent Armenti, Principle Investigator, and the NTPR team can be reached at: National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (NTPR) Gift of Life Institute 401 N. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 Phone: 215-599-2078 Toll-free: 877-955-6877 Fax: 215-963-0674 Email: NTPR@giftoflifeinstitute.org Website: NTPR.giftoflifeinstitute.org The NTPR... Read More...
March 01, 2013
Kidney transplants with progressing chronic diseases express high levels of acute kidney injury tanscripts Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) It has been previously reported that kidney transplants with early acute injury express transcripts indicating injury repair — the acute kidney injury signal. This study investigated the significance of this signal in transplants with other conditions, including rejection and recurrent disease. The injury signal was elevated in biopsies in many different conditions, including T cell-mediated rejection and potentially... Read More...
March 01, 2013
AST has endorsed a new free, interactive online activity, Pathways in CMV Case Management. This CME/CE activity was developed by Spire Learning and is supported by an educational grant from Genentech. Learn how to evaluate your transplant center's protocols for preventing and managing CMV disease in transplant recipients, and how to select the appropriate strategies to prevent and manage CMV disease in adult and pediatric transplant recipients. Take part in this activity today.

February, 2013

February 28, 2013
Topical Live and On Demand Webinars Meeting the Challenges of Resistance Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm ETRegistration now open! Shahid Husain, MD, MS * University Health Network Shirish Huprikar, MD * Mount Sinai Medical Center Camille Kotton, MD * Massachusetts General Hospital This three-part webinar will cover the following topic areas: Difficult to treat fungal infections Emergence of multi-drug resistant bacterial organisms Resistance to CMV How do I register?... Read More...