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April, 2013

April 09, 2013
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...
April 05, 2013
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...
April 01, 2013
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...
April 01, 2013
Pay it Forward and encourage your colleagues to join AST by the deadline of Monday, April 1, 2013. Your recruitment efforts will help strengthen the transplant community. When you Pay it Forward, you'll be entered to win an iPad or AST bucks, and you'll be recognized at ATC, on the AST website, and in the AST eNews. Learn more.

March, 2013

March 29, 2013
Multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria infections in solid organ transplantation Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) The prevalence of multidrug resistance in gram-negative bacteria isolated form clinical samples continues to increase globally. Several reports indicate a similar continued trend toward increased resistance in gram-negative bacteria isolated from transplant patients. Clinically important MDR bacteria that have been reported in transplant recipients include nonlactose fermenters such as Pseudomanas species, burkholderia species and... Read More...
March 26, 2013
The American Society of Transplantation and the Trainee & Young Faculty COP are pleased to announce our Career Connections event that will take place at the 2013 American Transplant Congress to aid your centers in hiring qualified individuals. Anyone who has an open position they are looking to fill, is attending ATC, and wants a convenient location to conduct interviews for their positions should contact the AST office at info@myAST.org or visit the Career Connections website for more... Read More...
March 25, 2013
Microvascular damage in type 1 diabetic patients is reversed in the first year after simultaneous pancreas–kidney transplantation Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) Simultaneous pancreas–kidney transplantation (SPK) is an advanced treatment option for type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients with microvascular disease including nephropathy. Sidestreamdarkfield (SDF) imaging has emerged as a noninvasive tool to visualize the human microcirculation. This study assessed the effect of SPK in diabetic nephropathy (DN) patients on microvascular alterations using SDF... Read More...
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 25, 2013
Membership dues must be paid prior to April 1 to receive the member discounted registration rate to attend the 2013 ATC May 18-22 in Seattle. The member discounted rate will not be available if membership dues are submitted after April 1, and members who pay dues after April 1 will be required to register at the non-member rate. Additionally, members will not be able to pay membership dues on-site and then register on-site at the member discounted rate. Visit 2013.atcmeeting.org to register for the ATC. If you are uncertain whether your dues have been... Read More...
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.