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Donation after cardiac death liver transplantation: Time for policy to catch up with practice
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Donation after brain death is the predominant source of organs for transplantation, even though brain death accounts for only a small percentage of all-cause mortality in the United States. In contrast, cardiovascular death is a leading cause of mortality. Therefore, donation after cardiac death represents an attractive strategy for remedying organ shortage and improving transplant wait-list mortality. More


Call for ASTS officer and councilor-at-large nominations
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ASTS is currently accepting nominations for officer and councilor-at-large positions for the 2012 term. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of president-elect, treasurer and 3 councilor-at-large positions. All nominees will be asked to complete a biography form, indicate his/her intent to serve, if elected, and submit two letters of support from other ASTS members. Self nominations are permissible. The nomination deadline is Jan. 22, 2012. More

ASTS Research Grants Program: Call for applications
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ASTS is currently accepting applications for 2012 research grants. The ASTS Research Grants Program is funded by ASTS and its corporate partners. The aim of the program is to provide support for innovative and investigative research that is intended to advance the practice and science of transplantation. Since the program's inception, ASTS has awarded more than 200 individuals over $8 million in research grants. The application submission deadline has been extended to midnight, Jan. 24, 2012. Apply today!


Indirect pathway T-cell responses reflect outcomes in kidney transplant recipients
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In an Immune Tolerance Network supported study recently published in American Journal of Transplantation a new potential indicator of clinical outcome in renal transplant recipients has been identified. More

Vital transplant organs scarce for seniors
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A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, has revealed that thousands of U.S. senior citizens with kidney disease are good candidates for transplants and would be able to receive them if physicians would overcome past outdated medical biases and put these patients on transplant waiting lists. More

Kidney failure risk higher for liver transplant patients following allocation policy change
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Research from the University of Michigan Health System shows the risk for kidney failure among liver transplant recipients is higher following the implementation of Model of End Stage Liver Disease (MELD), a policy change in 2002 that altered how liver transplant allocation is decided. The study, led by Pratima Sharma, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, examined the effect of MELD score-based allocation on post-liver transplant kidney failure. MELD, which was introduced in 2002, is a scoring system that evaluates liver disease severity and has since become the basis for deciding which patients receive liver transplants. More

US proposes regulating face, hand transplants
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The government wants to start regulating face and hand transplants just as it does now with kidneys, hearts and other organs, with waiting lists, a nationwide system to match and distribute body parts and donor testing to prevent deadly infections. It's a big step toward expanding access to these radical operations, especially for wounded troops returning home. More

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Study: Deceased donor transplantation rates declining
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Dialysis patients waiting for a deceased donor kidney transplant face a declining likelihood of receiving one, according to a recent study. The study, by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee led by Hariprasad Trivedi, MD, examined data from 70,891 patients receiving dialysis and who were waitlisted for their first deceased donor renal transplant between January 1996 and December 2005. Patients waitlisted in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004 were, respectively, 15 percent, 27 percent, 37 percent and 42 percent less likely than patients waitlisted in 1996 to receive a kidney within 12 months, researchers reported in The American Journal of Medicine. More

'Beating heart' transplants could boost success rate
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Amy DeStefano was a single mother juggling family life and a full-time job three winters ago when she caught what at first was just a persistent February cold. Then it spiraled into pneumonia and spread to her heart. By last January, DeStefano, at 39, was on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her wait ended late last month when the social worker from Portsmouth, N.H., became the first patient in New England to receive an experimental "beating heart" transplant. Cardiac transplant surgeons have high hopes for the technology, which is approved in Europe, believing it could improve survival rates for recipients because the donor hearts will be in better condition. More

UC Davis transplant surgeon uses minimally invasive technique for kidney donors
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Angela Whalen didn't seek out a single-incision nephrectomy surgeon. She simply wanted to save her father's life. The fact that Whalen was able to undergo a unique surgical procedure to donate her kidney, with a barely visible scar to show for it, was the added bonus of a daughter's gift of life to her dad. Until she traveled to UC Davis Medical Center after finding out she was a donor match, Whalen hadn't even heard of the minimally invasive surgical procedure that Christoph Troppmann, UC Davis professor of surgery, routinely offers kidney donors. Troppmann can remove a kidney through a single port — or incision site — at the patient's navel. He is among only a handful of surgeons across the nation who perform the unique procedure. More

Clinical role of the renal transplant biopsy
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Percutaneous needle core biopsy is the definitive procedure by which essential diagnostic and prognostic information on acute and chronic renal allograft dysfunction is obtained. The diagnostic value of the information so obtained has endured for over three decades and has proven crucially important in shaping strategies for therapeutic intervention. More
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