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June, 2015

June 05, 2015
Making Donors Whole Again: How Can We Give Back? Since 2004, the number of living kidney donations in the U.S. has been in decline. Many blame this trend on the high cost of donation, and some are working to rewrite the rules. Kenneth Newell, MD, PhD, AST Immediate Past-President Last year, about 17,000 people with kidney failure received the gift of life through organ donation. Remarkably, each year about 6,000 of these organs come from living donors: people who choose to literally give of themselves to save others. Knowing the odds Kidney donation is not the only type of living donation... Read More...

May, 2015

May 27, 2015
A guidance document and an interview form were updated by a group of subject matter experts, and the Stakeholder Review Group (roster) finalized their revisions. Both of these Uniform Donor Risk Assessment Interview (DRAI) documents were initially made available on September 10, 2014 and updated versions can be accessed at these links: Uniform DRAI - Birth Mother 5-20-15.pdf... Read More...
May 21, 2015
The AST’s Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN) is proud to launch an initiative designed to support scholarships for pre-doctoral students (including undergraduate students) interested in gaining exposure to the field of transplantation immunology. This program is particularly well-suited to the student interested in having a dedicated summer laboratory experience, but also could be applicable to a mentored clinical experience in the field of transplantation. Mentors must be members of the AST in good-standing. In 2015, up to four (4) AST TIRN Pre-Doctoral Scholarships will... Read More...
May 21, 2015
In recognition of exceptional commitment to the field of transplantation and outstanding service to the American Society of Transplantation, the AST is pleased to annouce that the following individuals have been selected as Fellows of the American Society of Transplantation (FAST): Deborah B Adey M.D. Khalid Abdulmohsen Al Meshari M.D., F.A.C.P. James S. Allan M.D., M.B.A. Rajendra S. Baliga M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N. William M. Bennett M.D. Geetha Bhat M.D., Ph.D. Emily A Blumberg M.D. Gerald Brandacher M.D. William E Braun M.D. Kimberly Ann Brown M.D. Robert S. Brown, Jr. M.D. Paul Jeffrey... Read More...
May 13, 2015
Save the Date for the Second Annual Transplant Quality Institute, sponsored by AFDT Building on the success of the first Transplant Quality Institute (TQI), this eagerly anticipated second TQI will provide basic and advanced information, tools, and resources to ensure your program's performance meets the rigorous quality expectations to remain competitive and compliant in today's healthcare and marketplace. In this three-day program, the expert faculty and invited speakers will describe in detail the quality assurance and performance improvement methodologies required for today's Transplant... Read More...

April, 2015

April 01, 2015
AST/ASTS Workshop on Increasing Organ Donation in the United States: Creating an “Arc of Change” From Removing Disincentives to Testing Incentives The American Society of Transplantation (AST) and American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) convened a workshop on June 2–3, 2014, to explore increasing both living and deceased organ donation in the United States. Recent articles in the lay press on illegal organ sales and transplant tourism highlight the impact of the current black market in kidneys that accompanies the growing global organ shortage. We believe it important not to conflate... Read More...

March, 2015

March 27, 2015
AST has reviewed and provided commentary on 10 OPTN/UNOS policy proposals that were out for public comment. Read the comments here.
March 26, 2015
The AST communities of practice elections are now open. Please visit: http://www.myast.org/content/communities-practice-2015-election to cast your vote. Votes must be cast by Friday, April 10, 2015. Please note that you must be logged in to the AST website in order to access the ballot.

February, 2015

February 23, 2015
February 18, 2015 AST ID COP executive committee Camille Kotton, chair Shirish Huprikar, co-chair Note: This guidance document was developed and approved by the ID COP Executive Committee but it has not been through an independent peer review process. Introduction As of February 13, 2015, 141 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles in 2015 alone, most of whom are part of a large, ongoing outbreak related to an amusement park in California.1 There were a record number of cases in the United States in 2014 with 644 cases from 27 states reported to CDC's National... Read More...

December, 2014

December 08, 2014
AST has reviewed and provided commentary on 17 OPTN/UNOS policy proposals that were out for public comment. You can view the comments here.