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Oct. 9, 2014

$2,500 ITNS Research Grant available for 2015
The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge. This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. The application deadline for the 2015 grant is July 1, 2015. Click here to learn more about the research grant guidelines and access the grant application.More

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With autumn in the air, you might be out taking in the glorious colors or staying home enjoying some hot apple cider. Wherever you are, you can catch the latest episode of Nursing Success TV, your source for information and inspiration delivered by your peers in nursing. Available from any computer or mobile device, this month's show features...

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Congratulations ITNS members on recent publications!
Opinions of Dutch Liver Transplant Recipients on Anonymity of Organ Donation and Direct Contact With the Donor's Family.
Annema C, Op den Dries S, van den Berg AP, Ranchor AV, Porte RJ.
Transplantation. 2014 Sep 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Welch, J. L., Johnson, M., Zimmerman, L., Russell, C. L., Perkins, S. M., & Decker, B. S. (2014). Self-management interventions in Stages 1-4 chronic kidney disease: An integrative review. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 1-27. DOI: 10.1177/0193945914551007 More

Submit an abstract for 2015!
The ITNS Annual Symposium Planning Committee (ASPC) invites you to submit abstract applications to present at the 2015 Summer Symposia, June 13 - 14 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. The general abstract submission deadline is Monday, Nov. 3 at 11:59 p.m. CST (midnight) Chicago, Illinois.. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Jennifer Wahl, ITNS Education Manager, at More

Edmonton research could transform heart transplants worldwide
Edmonton Journal
A team of Edmonton researchers recently received a $1 million award — the largest single research award in the University Hospital Foundation's history — for a project that could change the field of heart transplantation. The project, led by principal investigator Dr. Jason Dyck, involves genetically modifying a transplantable heart to make it more resistant to rejection and less likely to fail. By delivering therapeutic genes to the heart, researchers say they could improve outcomes for transplant patients.More

Lungs from donors who die from drowning, asphyxiation may be safe for transplant
Medical News Today
Lungs from individuals whose cause of death is drowning or asphyxiation are usually excluded from routine donation. But a new study claims patients transplanted with lungs from such donors have similar outcomes and survival rates as patients who receive lungs from traditional donors.More

Case control study: Risk factors associated with acute heart failure during liver transplant surgery
Acute intraoperative heart failure is a rare but often fatal complication of liver transplant surgery. Little is known about the clinical course or predictive variables. The aims of this study were to provide a detailed clinical description and conduct a systematic search for characteristics associated with intraoperative HF.More

Whole-eye transplant project awarded $1.25 million grant
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Literally and figuratively, whole-eye transplantation has been a visionary goal of medicine. But overriding challenges have included rejection in the constituent parts of the eye and the conundrum of regenerating and reconnecting the optic nerve to the visual cortex at the back of the brain. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and two partnering universities have received a $1.25 million grant through the U.S. Department of Defense's Vision Research Program "to establish the groundwork for the nation’s first whole-eye transplantation program."More

Possible tissue injury predictor in transplant recipients found
Renal & Urology News
Researchers at UC San Francisco and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, may have found a predictor for a disorder affecting kidney transplant recipients that can accelerate organ failure, a discovery that eventually could allow for customized therapies and improved patient selection for transplant. The study of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a devastating form of kidney disease, is in the Oct. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine.More

World's first child born after uterus transplantation
In a ground-breaking research project at the University of Gothenburg, seven Swedish women have had embryos reintroduced after receiving wombs from living donors. Now the first transplanted woman has delivered a baby — a healthy and normally developed boy. The world-unique birth was acknowledged in The Lancet on Oct. 5.More

Telehealth strategies for improving your healthcare business
By Karen R. Thomas
Telehealth is on its way to becoming a mainstream part of the healthcare industry. Telehealth statistics show that industries across the healthcare continuum — including home care, hospitals, accountable care organizations, behavioral health and more — are benefiting from using telehealth technology to support their clients, patients and employees. The big question for many companies, however, is whether telehealth is right for their organization. The following are some strategies to use when assessing how telehealth can improve a healthcare business.More

Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio predicts mortality in patients listed for liver transplantation
Liver International
In the absence of overt infection, the systemic inflammatory response is increasingly recognized as a pathogenetic factor in the circulatory dysfunction of advanced cirrhosis. The aim was to determine whether the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, a marker of systemic inflammation, is predictive of mortality in patients with end stage cirrhosis listed for liver transplantation.More