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November 02, 2011 Posted by rgaston

We have recently become aware of pending CMS regulations regarding relationships between centers where living donor organs are recovered and centers where the organs are transplanted. This was the subject of a conference call on October 28 that was widely attended. The essence of the new regs is that the transplanting center holds at least partial responsibility for standards at the recovery center. You can access the proposal here. AST...

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October 14, 2011 Posted by rgaston

As some of you may be aware, the issue of donor-derived disease transmission has become very hot in the field. On September 21, proposed new guidelines from the Public Health Service regarding donor testing for HIV, HCV and HBV were released for public comment in the Federal register. In general, in an attempt to completely eradicate infectious risk, the guidelines propose NAT testing of essentially all donors (living and deceased) in...

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October 06, 2011 Posted by rgaston

This week in Stockholm, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to Bruce Beutler, Jules Hoffmann, and Ralph Steinman (posthumously) for their work in defining the roles of dendritic cells and the innate immune system in immunologic responses. Even a clinician like me appreciates the significance of these discoveries, and the rapidly evolving understanding of their role in alloinjury. While working primarily in tumor immunology, these visionary scientists remind us of the interplay between the lab and the clinic; nowhere is this interplay more important than...

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October 03, 2011 Posted by rgaston

Today brought the sad news of the passing of Charles Bernard Carpenter over the weekend. Dr. Carpenter, or "Bernie" to his many friends, was a Professor at Harvard Medical School, one of the founding members of AST, and served as our 2nd President (1983-84). By my count, Bernie was directly or indirectly involved with training at least a half dozen AST past presidents and many, many past or current board members. His accomplishments over three decades at the helm of the Laboratory of Immunogenetics and Transplantation at the Brigham and Women's Hospital are legendary. Truly one of the...

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September 29, 2011 Posted by rgaston

As we move from one season to the next, the theme of change resonates within AST – positive change that will impact the entire organization. New mindsets, new legislation, new accomplishments.

For the youngsters among us, learning and communication occurs via very different, technologically advanced modalities. AST (including us older guys) now seeks ways to apply the latest technology to everything we do. Thus…a new blog!

The AST Desktop is going to be a place to learn, a place to interact, and, most importantly, a...

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