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Walter Graham retires from UNOS
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Walter K. Graham, chief executive officer of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and executive director both of UNOS and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), is retiring from UNOS effective today, after more than 25 years of service to the organization. More



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Reminder: Please fill out the ASTS website survey!
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If you haven't yet filled out the ASTS website survey, please take a few minutes to do so. It is short and will help us design the new website to meet all your needs. The survey will close on Friday, Dec. 21, so please give us your input this week! Access the survey here.

Time is running out for ASTS Research Grant Applications
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ASTS is accepting applications for its 2013 research grants until midnight, Jan. 4, 2013, less than three weeks away! The ASTS Research Grants Program is funded by ASTS and its corporate partners to support innovative and investigative research intended to advance the practice and science of transplantation. For further information about grant criteria, eligibility, and the application process, visit the ASTS website. NOTE: Funding of ASTS research grants is contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of qualified applications. More

Books for your shopping list
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ASTS members are eligible to receive a holiday discount of 40 percent off virtually all John Wiley and Sons' print books, an increase from the standard member discount of 25 percent. This discount is good through Jan. 11, 2013. To take advantage of this member benefit, visit http://www.wiley.com/promo/HAP12. Once you've chosen your books, enter HAP12 as the promotion code during checkout.


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Aging hepatitis C population escalates demand for liver transplantation
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New research reveals that the greatest demand for liver transplantation due to hepatitis C (HCV)-related liver disease occurs among Americans born between 1941-1960. Findings in the December issue of Liver Transplantation suggest that continuing increased demand for transplantation is driven by the development of liver cancer in baby boomers with HCV, but that the demand may decrease as patients born in this time period continue to grow older. More

Serious kidney damage increasing, research shows
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Acute kidney injuries have more than doubled since 2000, causing nearly 39,000 deaths in 2009 alone, according to a new study. Severe infections, heart failure, trauma, bad reactions to medication or surgical complications can all cause sudden declines in kidney function, but it's not yet clear which — or which combinations — of these is driving the 10 percent annual rise. More

Researchers discover 29 proteins associated with spread of kidney cancer
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Researchers at St. Michael's hospital have identified 29 proteins that are likely to be involved in the spread of kidney cancer. The discovery will help physicians recognize which tumours are going to behave more aggressively and provide those patients with more intensive treatment and closer followup. "Metastatic renal cell carcinoma is one of the most treatment-resistant malignancies and patients have dismal prognosis," said Dr. George M Yousef, a laboratory pathologist. "Identification of markers that can predict the potential of metastases will have a great impact on improvement patient outcomes. More

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Acidosis in renal transplant patients may be related to diet
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Diet may contribute to metabolic acidosis in renal transplant recipients (RTRs), according to investigators. In a study of 707 (RTRs), Dr. Else van den Berg, of University Medical Center Groningen in Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues found that patients with high intake of animal protein, such as from meat and fish, and low intake of fruits and vegetables had significantly lower serum bicarbonate and serum pH. More

Nominees chosen for board of directors election
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At its November meeting, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors approved the following slate of nominees for Board appointments beginning in June 2013. The OPTN Board of Directors also functions as the UNOS Board of Directors. Candidates were recommended by the OPTN/UNOS Nominating Committee. More

Chronic hepatitis C: New cause for optimism
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Chronic hepatitis C virus infection is currently responsible for more U.S. deaths than HIV; is complicated to treat; is not vaccine preventable; and is a major driver of liver transplants, cirrhosis, chronic and end-stage liver disease, and liver cancer. More

Could a fat transplant combat obesity and diabetes?
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It can be very difficult for people who struggle with their weight to finally shed the pounds. Diet and exercise is tried and true, but it also can take a long time for people to find the right balance to actually lose weight. Lap band and gastric bypass surgeries can also have mixed results and often are not the miracle cure that many hope that they will be. However, researchers from Harvard Medical School may be on to a treatment that will help people overcome obesity and lower their risk for diabetes in one fell swoop. In a treatment that may defy logic at first sight, it involves a fat transplant. More

Donor polymorphisms of toll-like receptor 4 associated with graft failure in liver transplant
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There have been many reports showing significant associations between recipient genetic variants and allograft outcomes, including acute rejection and graft failure, but less is known about the contribution of the donor genotype. Researchers analyzed 37 single-nucleotide polymorphisms within the toll-like receptor 4 gene from deceased donor liver allografts transplanted into 738 recipients to determine their effects on liver graft failure. More

Transplant program biorepository poised to promote research
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Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients suffering end-stage renal disease because it provides better quantity and quality of life than other means of renal replacement therapy. Despite tremendous advances in the medical and surgical management of these patients, the short- and long-term success of this procedure is still not ideal. Therefore, the research and clinical transplant communities are engaged in a constant effort to further understand and learn the underlying biological mechanisms that preclude the desired outcomes. More

Lipid metabolism and oxidative stress in children after liver transplantation treated with sirolimus
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Lipid disturbances are one of the most frequent side effects of SRL; however, clinical consequences are not known. The aim of a recent study was to evaluate the risk of AS in children after liver tranplsantation treated with SRL. More


 

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