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Community of Basic Scientists (COBS)

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2018-2019 Executive Committee

Staff Liaison: Anne Kreiss (akreiss@myAST.org)

Chair: David Rothstein (2020)
Co-Chair: Anita Chong (2020)
Past Chair: Maria-Luisa Alegre (2020)
Board Liaison: Ronald Gill (2019)
William Burlingham (2019)
Peter Heeger (2019)
Megan Levings (2019)
Geoffrey Camirand (2020)
Emmanuel Zorn (2020)
Trainee: Christine McIntosh (2019)


2018-2019 Initiatives

  • Continue organizing quarterly journal clubs
  • Continue Outstanding Questions in Transplantation initiative to use as discussion forum by COBS and AST community-at-large to inform future research and start writing the first minireviews for AJT on the first few topics discussed
  • Plan AST/ESOT/TTS co-sponsored and co-organized International Transplant Science symposium for 2019 (ITS 2019)
  • Submit proposals for basic science symposia for ATC 2019
  • Submit proposal for AST-sponsored symposium at AAI 2019
  • Plan ITS 2019 
  • Propose basic science webinars and Transplant in 10 basic science topics
  • Write mini-reviews for AJT on the first Outstanding Questions in Transplantation that have been discussed on the Hub
  • Discuss a pipeline through which COBS members can volunteer for ATC and ITS abstract reviewing, chairing sessions, awards etc., to facilitate career development
  • Keep revisiting mission statement and strategic plan
  • Evaluate whether transplantation grants have been progressively disadvantaged over NCI grants in TTT study section
  • Continue the online repository of experimental protocols and historical transplant papers on the COBS website
  • Nominate COBS members for the board and leadership positions at COBS
  • Continue informal gatherings of COBS members at AAI, ASN, and FOCIS, as well as ESOT (Rotterdam), and ITS
  • Continue encouraging members to suggest initiatives and ideas through the quarterly blog
  • Encourage basic transplant scientists to become AST members
  • Continue to send quarterly updates with COBS initiatives and accomplishments