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March 17, 2022 Posted by jgill2

March is National Kidney Month – a month dedicated to raising awareness around kidney care. With nearly 100,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant in the United States, it is essential that living donors are protected and not disincentivized from donating.

Make a real impact this month by taking action. Here are two things that can be done right now.

Tell Your Network About the Living Donor Circle of Excellence

We recently launched a brand-new website for the AST’s Living Donor Circle of Excellence program. If you...

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December 09, 2021 Posted by achandraker

This guest blog post was written by Anil Chandraker, MD.

We held our first Future of Transplantation meeting last month, and I had the privilege of chairing the Program Planning Committee. This meeting was designed to engage with biotech and corporate stakeholders in our field and address the unmet needs in kidney transplantation. While transplantation has seen many advances, continued innovation and product development remain challenging due to concerns about market size, regulatory requirements, and the ability to measure impact on long-term graft and patient survival.

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August 10, 2021 Posted by jgill2

June 30, 2021, marked the passing of one of our leaders who made extraordinary contributions to the field of transplantation, Dr. Barbara T. Murphy. In recognition of her contributions to the field of transplantation and service to the Society, the AST is proud to announce that Dr. Murphy will be the 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the Society's highest honor reserved to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of transplantation and is selected by a committee of the Society's past presidents. A list of past...

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July 04, 2021 Posted by jgill2

“Our jobs are not about circumstances of birth. We are all here because of what we ourselves have done. You don’t become part of transplantation because your ancestors made some earth-shattering discovery. You are here because of your drive to achieve, your desire to help and your efforts to learn.” – Barbara Murphy, 2009 Presidential Address

 

With great sadness, we announce the passing of previous AST President, Dr. Barbara T. Murphy, who passed away on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. She was 56 years of age. Barbara's commitment to transplantation inspired so many of us, and...

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June 08, 2021 Posted by jgill2

Dear AST Members,

It is my honor to serve as your President for the year 2021-22.

I want to express my gratitude to Rich Formica for his leadership of the Society during this past year. Under Rich’s leadership, the Society continued to grow and evolve despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am truly fortunate for Rich’s guidance, vision, and positivity. Rich’s term was remarkable for many reasons, including the first entirely virtual presidency and for the passage of the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (...

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May 28, 2021 Posted by rformica

It is hard to believe that my term as President will soon be coming to an end. With the challenges from COVID-19, it certainly wasn’t the year that I was expecting. Nevertheless, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as President and proud of all we accomplished this year.

In March 2020, it became apparent that I needed to reorient my goals to reflect the threat of the pandemic to the Society. Together with the AST Board of Directors, we worked strategically to remain fiscally responsible while still providing members like you with the benefits and services you need....

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March 12, 2021 Posted by rformica

Research is one of the AST’s core pillars, and the Society strives to offer increased funding opportunities to transplant scientists each year. In our diverse Society, many members outside of transplant science may not be aware of these efforts, so I encourage you to check out the AST Research Network and our current grant opportunities.

I’ve invited Dr. Jonathan Maltzman to write a guest blog post on transplant research, funding, and...

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January 27, 2021 Posted by rformica

When it comes to virtual meetings, I know you have several options. However, I wanted to make a case for the 2021 Cutting Edge of Transplantation (CEoT) meeting and tell you why I’m excited about it.

CEoT is the AST’s winter meeting and is typically held in Phoenix. This year, it will take place virtually February 25-27, 2021, and focus on modern immunosuppression innovations. Our Planning Committee has...

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December 27, 2020 Posted by rformica

For the past 20 years, the AST has been advocating and working for passage of the Immuno Bill (officially known as the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act). At long last, after 20 years of hard work, hope, and disappointment, this legislation has finally become law.  Many of us understand the gravity of this moment. Despite continuous advocacy efforts for nearly two decades, we have all too often watched as this key legislation failed to reach the President’s desk.  Most importantly, we have been forced to watch as our patients struggled to take...

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December 01, 2020 Posted by rformica

It has been an unprecedented and challenging year in many ways, but the AST is very grateful for its members, volunteers, and partners' ongoing support. Over the summer, I published a blog post outlining the goals for my year as President. Two of those critical goals for this year include adding value to your AST membership and maintaining financial stability.

Despite the uncertainties we were faced with earlier this year, we have accomplished a great deal as a society. Here are a few...

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