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New era for organ donation and transplant in China
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China is establishing a new national system for organ donation and transplantation, based on Chinese cultural and societal norms, that aims to be ethical and sustainable. More


ASTS research grant applications due Jan. 4
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The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) is now accepting applications for its 2013 research grants. 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. Applications will be accepted until midnight, Jan. 4, 2013. 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

ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library — subscribe today!
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Are you looking for a centralized place to access standard business operating procedures you need in running your transplant center? The ASTS Business Practice Services Committee has developed a dynamic subscription service of sample policies and templates to provide transplant centers with the building blocks they need to successfully manage and navigate the growing regulatory and quality improvement environment. The ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library is available as an annual subscription in the ASTS Store. More

Member recognition in Chimera
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ASTS' member magazine, Chimera, is increasing its focus on members and their activities. We'd love to spread the word about your latest career move, hire, or award in our "People and Places" section. We also offer the chance to profile your transplant program in "Across the Field" with a short write-up and photo of your team. Please consider taking advantage of this easy way to gain recognition for your hard work! For questions or to submit a profile, contact


Infection-related hospitalizations common post-transplant
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Most renal transplant recipients require at least one hospitalization after transplantation surgery, and infections are among the most common reasons, new findings suggest. Most of these hospitalizations occur within six months after transplantation, indicating the need for close follow-up during this time period, said lead investigator Dr. Elena Beam, an internal medicine resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "We found in the first year after transplantation that a majority of patients ended up getting hospitalized and the usual stay was three days," Beam said. "This is something that increases cost of care." More

Mid-America Transplant Services and its officials move into for-profit ventures
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From the moment that Mid-America Transplant Services hears of a potential organ donation, it manages a complex series of transactions on life-or-death deadlines. The calls come suddenly, often right after a horrific car wreck. The St. Louis-based organization's recovery team must then quickly get consent from the dying person's next of kin to remove organs, bone and tissue. More

Transplant wait-list deaths not just due to organ availability; most liver transplant candidates receive donation offers
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Most liver transplant candidates who died or were removed from the transplant list actually received one or more liver donation offers, according to a recent UCSF study. "What we found challenges the simplistic view that transplant dynamics are driven simply by organ availability," said lead author, Jennifer Lai, MD, assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. "Efforts to reduce wait-list mortality must target all aspects of mismatch between supply and demand." More

UF&Shands brings back pancreas transplant program
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The pancreas transplant program at UF&Shands has reopened and is accepting patients. The United Network for Organ Sharing approved the program's reactivation Oct. 22, according to a press release from UF&Shands. UF&Shands voluntarily suspended its adult and pediatric liver transplant programs and pancreas transplant program after losing surgeons to other medical institutions in August 2011, according to the release. More

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Liver transplant survival higher among patients with NASH, HBV; lower for HCV, HCC
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Patients who underwent liver transplantation to treat nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, HBV or alcoholic liver disease had higher survival rates than those treated for HCV or hepatocellular carcinoma, according to data presented at the 2012 American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting. More

New immunosuppressants in pediatric solid organ transplantation
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This review examines new developments in the prophylaxis and treatment of rejection episodes as there has been a marked improvement in patient and allograft survival in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients over the last 20 years. Improved surgical techniques to allow transplantation of smaller recipients and a wider range of immunosuppressants available to transplant physicians have improved access and reduced the incidence and severity of acute rejection episodes and chronic allograft damage. More

Mini-incision right hepatic lobectomy with or without laparoscopic assistance for living donor hepatectomy
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Minimally invasive procedures are considered to be safe and effective approaches to the management of surgical liver disease. However, this indication remains controversial for living donor hepatectomy. Minimally invasive LDRH can be performed without safety being impaired. LDRH with a 10-cm upper midline incision and without laparoscopic assistance may be appropriate for donors with a smaller body mass. Laparoscopic assistance can be added as needed for larger donors. More

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Preoperative prediction of the microvascular invasion of hepatocellular carcinoma with diffusion-weighted imaging
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The aim of a recent study was to investigate whether diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) could be useful in predicting the microvascular invasion (MVI) of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Sixty-seven surgically proven HCCs from 65 patients (54 men and 11 women with an age range of 35-75 years and a mean age of 56.0 years) were retrospectively analyzed. A univariate analysis showed that a histological grade of three, a larger tumor size, a higher SI ratio on DW images and a lower ADC value were significantly associated with MVI. More

Antibody-mediated rejection
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AMR offers challenges of diagnosis and management, but recent advances in the detection of antibodies, the interpretation of endomyocardial biopsies and the use of therapies directed toward antibody production offer great promise. In the future, standardization of management across transplant centers will allow for clinical trials of the effectiveness of these therapies. More

Prevention and treatment of coronary artery vasculopathy
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Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is still one of the major causes of death following heart transplantation. Here, resarchers review the recent advances in its prevention and treatment. The implementation of measures and lifestyles that help prevent CAV should be a priority of postheart transplantation management. Research should urgently evaluate mTOR inhibitors for the treatment of established CAV. More

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