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April, 2017

April 04, 2017
We are pleased to announce the results for the Communities of Practice (COP) elections, which includes the Co-Chairs and Members-at-Large of the Executive Committees. Learn more about COPs. Community of Basic Scientists (COBS) William J. Burlingham, PhD Peter S. Heeger, MD Megan K. Levings, PhD Rotating off: Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD, Valeria Mas, PhD, Jordan S. Pober, MD, PhD Infectious Disease (IDCOP) Jonathan Morgan Hand, MD Rotating off: Sherif Mossad,... Read More...
April 04, 2017
On March 31, 2017, President Donald Trump Proclaimed April 2017 as National Donate Life Month. It was orginally proclaimed in 2003 by President George W. Bush.   Read the press release.

March, 2017

March 06, 2017
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the man known as the “father of transplantation,” Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, passed away peacefully at the age of 90 at his home in Pittsburgh.  Dr. Starzl was best known for performing the first liver transplant in 1963 and the first successful liver transplant in 1967. He also made a significant contribution to the field of transplantation by helping to advance medicines to make transplantation more survivable. His work had patients travel from all over the world, making the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center... Read More...
March 01, 2017
The Division of Transplantation (DoT) has created an electronic news bulletin to share information about research projects funded under DoT’s grant programs. The first two editions focused on adults 50 and older and driving donations at DMVs. Periodically, the DoT will email additional bulletins that feature projects related to other topics or audiences. If you are... Read More...
March 01, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - The American Society of Transplantation (AST), representing the majority of professionals engaged in the field of organ transplantation, applauds the reintroduction of the "Living Donor Protection Act of 2017" by Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. The legislation seeks to: 1.     Prohibit denial of coverage or increase in premiums of life or disability insurance for living organ donors;​ 2.     Clarify organ donation surgery as qualifying as a serious health condition under FMLA; and 3.     Update educational... Read More...

February, 2017

February 27, 2017
AST's President, Anil Chandraker, will be interviewed live on NPR's "The Point" on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9 AM EST. The program will also air at 7 PM EST and be archived on The Point's website. This episode of The Point will be a feature on kidney transplants. Listen to the recorded broadcast.    
February 17, 2017
In December 2016, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) implemented a... Read More...
February 08, 2017
AST (American Society of Transplantation) issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration: The American Society of Transplantation, representing a majority of the nation's professionals engaged in the field of solid organ transplantation, chooses not to comment on most political issues. However, the Society has signed on to a coalition letter with more than 50 scientific, medical, and educational organizations in response to the recent Immigration Executive Order that restricts admission to the United States. The ... Read More...
February 03, 2017
The American Society of Transplantation (AST) has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the second consecutive year. This rating is Charity Navigator’s highest rating, which only 25% of charities receive for at least 2 consecutive years. The high rating is due to AST’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Access the breakdown of AST’s most recent rating from Charity Navigator. “AST’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and... Read More...
February 03, 2017
AST is currently accepting applications for The 2017 Resident/Student American Transplant Congress (ATC) Travel Award Program. This award targets residents and students who have expressed interest in obtaining more exposure to the field of transplantation before committing to training.    We encourage our members to recommend this award to candidates who may benefit. Please click here for more information.