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February, 2016

February 02, 2016
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) held an APOL1 Consensus Building Meeting December 17-18, 2015 to bring experts in the field together to address the potential impact of the APOL1 gene variants on organ donation and transplantation. Sponsored by Novartis, the AST's APOL1 Consensus Building Meeting meeting included nationally recognized experts in kidney disease, transplantation, and public policy. A number of governmental stakeholders participated in the meeting, including key leaders from HRSA, NIAID, NIDDK, NIMHD, AOPO, and UNOS.... Read More...
February 01, 2016
Dr. Larry Melton, AST board member, represented the AST at a small political fundraising dinner for the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) at the Bryan Cave offices on Monday, February 1.   Congressman Brady, a recipient of last year's AST Congressional Leadership Award and attendee of the AST's annual Capitol Hill leadership reception, has primary jurisdiction over most of the AST and transplantation government relations and public policy agenda: HHS, CMS, patient and provider coverages, quality measures, safety, and all policy matters... Read More...

January, 2016

January 28, 2016
The AST is pleased to announce a new Resident/Student American Transplant Congress (ATC) Travel Award Program, targeted at residents and students who have expressed interest in obtaining more exposure to the field of transplantation before committing to training in transplantation. Application deadline: March 15, 2016  Notification of application decision: March 30, 2016 Objective The goal of this award program is to stimulate interest in a potential career in transplantation by supporting medical students and residents (medical, surgical, or pediatric) with an interest in transplantation... Read More...
January 22, 2016
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the AST whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know: same products, same prices, same service. Support the AST by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.
January 13, 2016
Rate of organ transplants, deceased donation increased substantially Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2015 exceeded 30,000 for the first time annually, according to preliminary data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). Read the full story here
January 03, 2016
Charles L. Plante, a lobbyist for the National Kidney Foundation who was credited with playing a pivotal role in enacting the legislation that authorized Medicare coverage for dialysis treatments for kidney disease patients, died Dec. 21 at his home in Middleburg, Va. He was 84. Read the full story

December, 2015

December 17, 2015
The Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute is accepting nominations for the 2017 Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology, awarded annually to a national or international leader in the field of organ transplantation and immunology. The prize consists of a crystal award, an honorarium of $10,000, and travel expenses to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the spring of 2017 to formally receive the award and to present the Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology lecture. The winner will also participate in related activities and meet informally with faculty,... Read More...
December 16, 2015
December 16, 2015 Earlier this month, AST members reached out to congress to advocate for FY 2016 NIH research funding levels. The AST also drafted a letter of support for this funding increase. Today, we are happy to report that these efforts were successful! The NIH received $32 billion in the omnibus appropriations bill. This represents a $2 billion increase over last... Read More...
December 10, 2015
The American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Gastroenterology Board recently passed a resolution that will update the procedural competency standards in transplant hepatology fellowships. Starting with the 2016-2017 academic year, the following procedural competencies for initial certification in transplant hepatology will go into effect. The revised competencies include: Demonstrate competence in performing native and allograft liver biopsy and interpretation of results A minimum of 20 liver biopsies, including native and alograft, should be performed Biopsies performed... Read More...
December 03, 2015
December 3, 2015 AST members, Please take a moment to thank your members of congress and advocate for FY 2016 NIH research funding levels. Final appropriations are being voted on within the next week. As you may be aware, Congress reached a two year budget agreement earlier this year that significantly reduces the negative impact of sequestration, providing additional funding for federal programs. However, reaching this deal was only the first step. Congress is now in the final stages of approving FY 2016 funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Take this opportunity... Read More...

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