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March, 2016

March 14, 2016
As you are likely aware, we are in the midst of a Zika virus outbreak in the Americas. Zika is transmitted by mosquitos and is an asymptomatic or self-limited illness in the vast majority of infected persons. Relatively little is known about how the virus behaves in immunosuppressed persons. However, Zika is an emerging infectious disease and we need to consider its impact on transplant recipients and organ donors. There exists a potential for donor-derived Zika virus infectious with unknown consequencces for recipients. The FDA issued the following guidance for industry on donor screening... Read More...
March 09, 2016
The Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEOT) meeting, held February 25-27 in Phoenix, Arizona at the Arizona Biltmore, addressed the shortfall between the demand and availability of organs for transplantation. CEOT, the winter meeting of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), had record-breaking attendance in 2016 with over 400 transplantation professionals gathered to discuss a multifaceted approach to addressing the current organ shortage. CEOT 2016 focused on how the effects of redistricting, the possibility of incentives, and the use of marginal donors impact the donor organ supply... Read More...
March 09, 2016
Please join the AST in welcoming the 25 newly elected members of the OPTN/UNOS board of directors, including a new president, vice-president/president-elect, vice president for patient and donor affairs, and secretary. These board members will begin their service on July 1, 2016. Visit the OPTN/UNOS website for a full list
March 02, 2016
Background On March 1, 2017, the "Living Donor Protection Act of 2017" was reintroduced to Congress by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Where Did the Legislation Originate? The AST's public policy team has worked alongside other national organ transplant stakeholder leader organizations as well as a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders to develop and introduce this important public policy proposal. The national transplant advocacy community is now working together to... Read More...

February, 2016

February 25, 2016
Legislation seeks to promote and protect living organ donors from discrimination WASHINGTON, DC - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), the largest organization of transplantation professionals in North America, applauds the introduction of the Living Donor Protection Act of 2016 by Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York, and Congressman Michael Burgess, MD of Texas.   The legislation seeks to: Prohibit denial of coverage or increase in premiums of life or disability insurance for living organ donors... Read More...
February 15, 2016
As part of an effort to engage the medical community in enhancement of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is reaching out to all physicians board certified in nephrology for feedback on the MOC exam blueprint. The blueprint is the tool ABIM uses to design an exam to assure content appropriately covers the field. ABIM will use your feedback and that of your colleagues to update the content of the Nephrology MOC exam. "This blueprint review process will help to ensure that the MOC exam is reflective of what nephrology specialists in... Read More...
February 10, 2016
Each COP is governed by an Executive Committee (EC) elected by that COP’s members. The EC defines and plans COP initiatives with input and involvement from fellow COP members. Visit the elections page to nominate yourself or a colleague. Any AST member may submit a nomination. Nominees must be members of the COP to which they’re being nominated and AST members in good standing. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 26, at 5:00 pm EST.
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...

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