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February, 2013

February 08, 2013
Regional variability in liver waiting list removals causes false ascertainment of waiting list deaths Source: American Journal of Transplantation Authors examine alternative ways of assuring complete documentation of deaths on the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Liver Transplant Waiting List and report that the most accurate way is to add to OPTN-reported deaths on the list of all deaths reported in the Social Security Administration Death Master File that occurred within 90 days of a patient's being dropped from the list.... Read More...
February 02, 2013
Iraq vet undergoes successful double-arm transplant Source: CNN A U.S. Army infantryman who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside explosion in Iraq has undergone radical transplant surgery that may help him regain use of his arms. In December, the 26-year-old infantryman had successful surgery — a rare double arm transplant — at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Read more.  Blockade of p-selectin sufficient to reduce MHC I antibody-elicited monocyte recruitment in vitro, in vivo Source: American Journal of... Read More...
February 02, 2013
There is still time to register for the first annual Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEOT) meeting this Feb. 14-16 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The full program is available online, including rapid-fire abstract presentations and speed roundtable discussions with subject-matter experts. 
February 02, 2013
If you have not yet remitted payment for your 2013 membership dues, please do so immediately to ensure that you continue to receive all of the benefits of membership with the AST, including discounted meeting registration. Your dues must be paid no later than April 1, 2013 in order to be eligible for member-discounted registration rates to the American Transplant Congress in Seattle. Renewing your membership is easy. Simply log in to the AST website and click on "Renew My Membership" to pay your dues online. A confirmation email will be sent to you... Read More...

January, 2013

January 28, 2013
Treatment of steroid-resistant acute renal allograft rejection with alemtuzumab Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) Steroid-resistant renal allograft rejections are commonly treated with rabbit antithymocyte globulin (RATG), but alemtuzumab could be an effective, safe and more convenient alternative. Adult patients with steroid-resistant renal allograft rejection treated with alemtuzumab (15–30 mg s.c. on two subsequent days) from 2008 to 2012 were compared to patients treated with RATG.... Read More...
January 26, 2013
2013 Pay it Forward Winners! Congratulations to the 2013 Pay It Forward Member-Get-A-Member Campaign Winners! The following three people encouraged their colleagues to join the AST and because of them, the AST community continues to grow. Christopher Martin, BS (Pharm) - Grand Prize: Apple iPad and complementary membership dues for 2014 Mourad Alsabaugh, MD - 2nd Prize: $500 AST Bucks Nicolae Leca, MD - 3rd Prize: $250 AST Bucks "AST has been an invaluable forum to collaborate, explore, learn and advance the field of transplantation in the company of transplant professionals I highly... Read More...
January 26, 2013
The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) has launched a contest for transplant patients to write about how a transplant nurse has made a difference in their lives. Transplant professionals are encouraged to spread the word and print the contest brochure for display at their hospital. For more information, click here
January 18, 2013
5-year outcomes in living donor kidney transplants with a positive crossmatch Source: American Journal of Transplantation (subscription required) Renal transplant candidates with high levels of donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies have low transplantation rates and high mortality rates on dialysis. Using desensitization protocols, good short-term outcomes are possible in "positive crossmatch kidney transplants ( XMKTx)," but long-term outcome data are lacking. The aim of the current study was to determine actual 5-year graft outcomes of XMKTx.... Read More...
January 18, 2013
The AST supports and endorses the legislation to amend the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to establish safeguards and standards of quality for research and transplantation of organs infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Read the letter here.
January 11, 2013
The association of center performance evaluations and kidney transplant volume in the US Source: American Journal of Transplantation Report cards evaluating transplant center performance have received significant attention in recent years corresponding with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issue of the 2007 Conditions of Participation. Our primary aim was to evaluate the association of report card evaluations with transplant center volume. Read more. Influenza vaccination in solid-... Read More...