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The reward for donating a kidney: No insurance
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When Erika Royer's lupus led to kidney failure four years ago, her father, Radburn, was able to give her an extraordinary gift: a kidney. Royer, now 31, regained her kidney function, no longer needs dialysis and has been able to return to work. But because of his donation, her father, a physically active 53-year-old, has been unable to obtain private health insurance. More


ASTS welcomes new Councilors and Committee Chairs
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New officers and councilors were announced at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Annual Member Business Meeting at the American Transplant Congress on June 5. Kim M. Olthoff, MD, is the new President, while Mitchell L. Henry, MD, became the Immediate Past President and Michael M. Abecassis, MD, MBA, became Past President. Other new members of the ASTS Council are: President-Elect Alan N. Langnas, DO; Treasurer Timothy L. Pruett, MD; and Councilors-at-Large Jean C. Emond, MD; Abhinav Humar, MD; and Lloyd E. Ratner, MD, MPH.

Each year, the adjournment of ATC marks the beginning of new terms for ASTS committee chairs and members. Thank you to those whose committee service has ended, and welcome to new committee members and chairs—we look forward to your contributions!

ASTS votes on significant bylaws changes
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The ASTS Annual Member Business Meeting on June 5 included a vote on major bylaws changes (see the updated bylaws here). The changes include new membership categories for trainees and the inclusion of administrators in the Associate member category; several committee modifications, including making the Ad Hoc Minority Issues (now Diversity Issues) and Ad Hoc Vascularized Composite Allograft committees standing committees; and streamlining of many administrative and governance processes. More


Preemptive transplants may not offer survival edge
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Preemptive kidney transplantation may offer no survival advantage over kidney transplantation soon after dialysis initiation, according to new findings reported at the 2012 American Transplant Congress. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore studied 24,233 adult first-time recipients of deceased donor kidney transplants (DDKT), of whom 9,924 received preemptive transplants and 14,309 received their organs within one year of starting dialysis. More

Doctors transplant vein grown from patient's own cells
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Scientists in Sweden are reporting a medical first: a vein grown in a lab for a 10-year-old girl using her body's own cells. Doctors are hailing the step as a milestone in tissue engineering, a field in which doctors grow windpipes, bladders, lungs and other organs to replace faulty ones while avoiding the dangerous, lifelong complications of organ transplants. More

Pentagon push gives face transplants a major lift
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Face transplants are already a reality. And now, those incredible procedures are poised to become much more common, largely thanks to a Pentagon research push that's catalyzed a major new Face Transplantation Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2008, the military has spent upward of $250 million on research into cutting-edge procedures, including face transplants and regenerative medicine, meant to more effectively treat wounded veterans. More

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Doctors criticize China organ harvesting at 2012 Transplant Congress
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This year at the American Transplant Congress in Boston, the issue of organ harvesting in China has become a concern for many top transplant surgeons. The annual forum attracted 5,000 participants from around the world, running for five days from June 2-6. Veteran transplant surgeons are saying the use of executed or death row prisoners for organ transplants is dubious, with the issue of consent very much in question. More

Pediatric renal graft survival improving
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Pediatric renal graft survival has improved over time, researchers reported at the 2012 American Transplant Congress. Kyle J. Van Arendonk, MD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore analyzed graft survival among 16,266 patients younger than 18 years who received a kidney-only transplant from 1987 to 2010. One-, five, and 10-year graft survival was 80.9 percent, 58.3 percent, and 44.5 percent for transplants performed in 1987 compared with 93.4 percent, 73.6 percent, and 55.5 percent for transplants performed in 2000, the most recent transplants for which the investigators had 10 years of follow-up. More

Transplant failure portends higher mortality risk
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Patients starting dialysis after primary renal transplant failure who are waitlisted for repeat transplantation have a higher risk of dying over the first three years after graft loss than dialysis patients waitlisted for their first transplant, investigators reported at the 49th Congress of the European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association. More

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Now live tweeting: Play-by-play of a kidney transplant
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"#calebskidney is almost ready to arrive in Caleb's surgery room!" So says a Twittercast of a kidney transplant now underway at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Kristofer Karol, public relations coordinator at Indiana University Health, told the Los Angeles Times that this isn't the first time a hospital has live tweeted a surgery — laying bare on a social media platform what goes on behind the closed doors of an operating room — but it's a first for Indiana. More

Study: More Hispanics die waiting for a heart transplant
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Hispanic patients in need of a heart transplant are 50 percent more likely to die before they get one than white patients, according to new research. And although that wasn't the case for black transplant patients in the study, the results suggest they have a higher chance of dying soon after they've received a donor heart than whites. More

Hepatocyte cell transplantation enables 'new' liver generation
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Researchers in Japan have found that hepatocytes, cells comprising the main tissue of the liver and involved in protein synthesis and storage, can assist in tissue engineering and create a "new liver system" in mouse models when donor mouse liver hepatocytes are isolated and propagated for transplantation. Their study is published in a recent issue of Cell Transplantation. More
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