Transplant Regenerative Medicine Community of Practice (TRM COP)


2018-2019 Executive Committee

Staff Liaison: Anne Kreiss (

Chair:  Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez (2019)
Co-Chair: Giuseppe Orlando (2019)
Past Chair: Jason Wertheim (2019)
Board Liaison: Jonathan Maltzman (2019)
Amir Dorafshar (2019)
Kim Solez (2019)
Lauren Brasile (2020)
Jon Odorico (2020)
Trainee: Astgik Petrosyan (2019)

2018-2019 Initiatives

  • Engage in educational activities with other societies focused on transplantation, bioengineering, and cell biology. Ongoing planning and conversations center on the organization of sessions that incorporate topics in Regenerative Medicine and Transplantation with the new Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Society (CTRMS), Tissue Engineering International & Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS), and other Transplant societies (CST, Latino-American and Caribbean Transplant Society). We hope this will increase collaboration, communication, and visualization of the TRM COP and help AST branch out into more communities.
  • Established collaboration with the Recovery and Preservation COP for joint session proposals for ATC, journal clubs, etc. This will facilitate communication on the topics that both COPs have in common and, hopefully, can spread enthusiasm for participation in both COPs within the young AST clinical/scientist community.
  • Propose educational/scientific program for ATC 2019 programming.
  • Sponsor one or two travel awards for young clinicians/investigators for ATC 2019. The applicants will be encouraged to submit a mini-review of their favorite topic in Regenerative Transplantation.
  • Preparing a state-of-the-art review paper on strategies in Regenerative Transplantation for publication at the end of 2018.
  • Keep reaching out to scientific communities dedicated to new emerging technologies that are merging with transplant science. These scientific communities include specialists in blastocyst complementation for personalized organ generation and gene editing (CRISPR) for genetic reprogramming of disease. We will encourage participation and incorporation as new members of AST to increase our own community and bridge the basic science with the transplant community.
  • Prepare a patient guideline/education document about regenerative medicine therapies in transplantation that are under investigation, clinical trials, etc. This document will be presented at the end of September 2018 to the COP committee for review.
  • Completed mission statement. Will undertake annual review.
  • Develop the TRM COP’s strategic plan.
  • Keep providing TRM COP members with a list (updated bi-weekly) of relevant, new published manuscripts related to the mission of TRM COP. This will increase the knowledge of our community in topics of regenerative medicine that can be integrated in transplantation and will keep them updated.
  • Nominate members to AST Board or leadership positions.
  • Offer the TRM COP as a forum for academic education and collaboration for our members on their initiatives and efforts to manufacture human tissue for transplantation.
  • Continue to engage the new Recovery and Preservation Community of Practice (RAP COP) in new joint activities.
  • Encourage members to share ideas and suggest initiatives via the TRM COP Hub.
  • Put in place a strategy to engage more of the COP in electronic communications using the Hub online community. Co-chair, Giuseppe Orlando, will manage Hub communications.
  • Sustain COP-to-AST membership conversion.
  • Provide regular updates to COP members and the AST Board.