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60 lives, 30 kidneys, all linked
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A history-making kidney transplant chain involving 60 people across the country was labeled Chain 124 by the nonprofit National Kidney Registry. It required lockstep coordination over four months among 17 hospitals in 11 states. It was born of innovations in computer matching, surgical technique and organ shipping, as well as the determination of a Long Island businessman named Garet Hil, who was inspired by his own daughter's illness to supercharge the notion of "paying it forward." More


Call for ASTS committee nominations
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This year, ASTS is making the process easier for committee appointments! We have set up an easy, automated system for members to indicate their interest in serving on a committee. You can also put forth nominations for your colleagues. Click here to submit your nomination. Be sure you include the nominee information, the committees he/she would like to serve and why he/she would be a valuable member to the committee(s). Nominees must be members in good standing and be willing to serve as outlined in the bylaws. Nominations must be submitted by March 18, 2012. More

Call for Chimera cover photos
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Would you like to see your center featured on the next cover of the Chimera? The spring issue of the ASTS member news magazine, the Chimera, will be released in May and we are looking for unique photos from ASTS members. Please submit your photos to ASTS by Friday, March 16, 2012. Submissions can be emailed to

ASTS Member Needs Assessment Survey reminder
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Thank you to those members who have already completed the ASTS Member Needs Assessment Survey. The survey was designed to evaluate the interests and needs of ASTS members so that we can focus on programs and initiatives that are of the most value to you. We will be wrapping up the survey and compiling results shortly. If you did not get the chance to complete the survey and would still like to provide input, please contact Laurie Kulikosky at for the survey link before Friday, March 9, 2012.


Lack of unified system hampers kidney transplant efforts
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Many of the most prominent names in the field of kidney transplantation agree that the way to maximize the number of transplants through paired exchanges is to create a single, nationwide registry. That, they note, would vastly expand the pool of potential matches among transplant candidates who have willing but incompatible donors. And yet, more than a decade after the first organ swap in the United States, the transplant world remains disjointed, with competing private registries operating with little government oversight or regulation. More

Organs from less-than-ideal donors save patients' lives
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The nation's critical shortage of donor organs is triggering a change in the use of organs once considered less than perfect. For a half-century, most organ donations have come from young or middle-age people who died in auto and other accidents. These organs have been considered the best because they are usually in good condition and undamaged. But today, with people waiting for organs far outnumbering donations, more centers are asking patients whether they would consider an organ from a nontraditional source: a person older than 50; someone with high blood pressure or kidney issues, or someone who died after a heart attack, leaving an organ without blood, a factor that can affect its viability. More

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Quick test predicts if transplant will stick
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A report in the journal Archives of Surgery suggests that a recently developed "frailty" test — typically used with elderly patients — is actually a useful tool for evaluating kidney transplant candidates of all ages. "Few current measures are accurate in predicting kidney transplant success, but we think we have identified one that works incredibly well," says study leader Dorry L. Segev, associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. More

Locale plays role in kidney transplant
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Kidney transplant recipients tend to do better if they live in counties with good community health indicators, researchers reported. Such health indicators as local rates of low birth weight, preventable hospital admissions, physical inactivity and smoking and obesity predict all-cause mortality after transplant, according to Jesse Schold, PhD, of the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, and colleagues. More

Machine perfusion or cold storage in deceased-donor kidney transplantation
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In 2009, researchers reported the results of an international randomized, controlled trial in which hypothermic machine perfusion of deceased-donor kidneys significantly reduced the risk of delayed graft function, as compared with cold-storage preservation. Researchers also observed that graft survival at 1 year was significantly better after machine perfusion. Since preservation-related effects have been shown to affect early function only, researchers decided to extend the follow-up period to see whether the substantial graft-survival advantage would persist 3 years after transplantation. More

Patient education may increase access to kidney transplants
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According to a new study, kidney failure patients who take part in an education program are more likely to get evaluated for a kidney transplant. The study appears in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology. The findings indicate that requiring a formal patient education class may help reduce inequities in kidney failure patients' access to kidney transplantation. More

Treatment of hepatitis C recurrence is less successful in female than in male liver transplant recipients
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It has been recently suggested that the risk of graft loss after liver transplantation may increase in female HCV patients. The aim of the study was to examine gender differences in HCV therapy tolerance and outcome in LT patients treated for HCV recurrence. A retrospective study was conducted on liver recipients with HCV recurrence, who were given antiviral therapy from 2001 to 2009 in 12 transplant centers in Italy. More

Hepatitis C death rates rise, 1 in 33 baby boomers has disease
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Hepatitis C deaths are on the rise, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report found baby boomers are especially at risk because they account for two-thirds of all hepatitis C cases. More

Massachusetts Gov. Patrick signs organ donations bill
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Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to promote organ donation in Massachusetts. Patrick said the new law will help streamline the donation process by aligning Massachusetts' law with similar laws in neighboring states. More

The global role of kidney transplantation
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World Kidney Day on March 8, 2012 provides a chance to reflect on the success of kidney transplantation as a therapy for end stage kidney disease that surpasses dialysis treatments both for the quality and quantity of life that it provides and for its cost effectiveness. More
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