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New kidney transplant policy will save more lives
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For most of human history, kidney failure was a death sentence for those who encountered it. Today dialysis is effective in supporting people with kidney failure, but it too comes with limitations and potential complications. Kidney transplantation offers many the most effective long-term improvement in length and quality of life. More


ASTS call for nominations
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The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) nominating committee is soliciting nominations for the president-elect and councilor-at-large positions. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 12, 2012, and a ballot will be sent to eligible voting members in early 2013. More

ASTS research grant applications due Jan. 4
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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

Upcoming meetings and events this winter
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For upcoming meetings and events of interest to the transplantation community, check out the ASTS Calendar of Events.


OPTN/UNOS Board addresses living donation policies, kidney paired donation requirements, lung allocation, geographic differences in organ allocation
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The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors, at its meeting November 12 and 13, approved policies to create greater consistency in the medical and psychosocial evaluation and informed consent processes for living kidney donors and increase the level of clinical information reported on post-transplant outcomes for these donors. "Some individual transplant programs already meet the requirements we have established," said OPTN/UNOS President John Roberts, M.D. "Our goal is to ensure that all programs meet these standards." More

'Genius' pair rewrite rules of organ transplants, among other interests
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Think of Dorry Segev and Sommer Gentry as intellectual magpies. The glittery ideas they filch from fields as diverse as swing dancing, systems analysis, water skiing and medicine seemingly have little in common. But Segev and Gentry weave them together into a strong yet flexible structure designed to protect fragile lives. More

Regenerative medicine may transform transplants
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Regenerative medicine has the potential to transform transplant medicine, as its techniques could be used to regenerate organs instead of requiring donated organs. "The Transplant Center is the important connection for regenerative medicine," says Dr. Brooks Edwards, deputy director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine and director of the Mayo Transplant Center. More

Belatacept in kidney transplantation
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In June 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved belatacept for the prophylaxis of organ rejection in adult kidney transplant recipients. This review discusses the use of belatacept for the prevention of acute rejection as part of a maintenance immunosuppression regimen. More

Transplant surgery lecture addresses over-prioritization of HCC patients
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Dr. Elizabeth A. Pomfret discussed the prioritization of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma for liver transplantation during a lecture at The Liver Meeting. Patients with HCC are often given priority for transplantation, Pomfret said, when surgical resection can serve as well or even better in some cases, such as for patients with normal remnant liver parenchyma, Child's A cirrhosis, no portal hypertension or varices, a single tumor, or HBV infection as opposed to HCV. More

Renal-sparing regimens employing new agents
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A persistent challenge facing the transplant community is avoiding renal compromise, whether protecting a newly placed kidney allograft or preserving native renal function after another organ has been implanted. One of the principal ways to achieve this is by altering the immunosuppressive regimen. As no drug regimen yet demonstrates an overwhelming benefit over calcineurin inhibitors, particularly regarding overall efficacy, efforts should continue to move forward toward the goal of minimizing chronic kidney disease. More

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Evaluating the utility of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in kidney transplant recipients
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Hypertension is a major risk factor for graft dysfunction and cardiovascular disease in kidney transplant recipients (KTX). Accurate monitoring is therefore essential to provide optimal therapy. Researchers evaluated whether 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is superior to clinic blood pressure measurement in prevalent KTX. More

Detection of alcohol consumption in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis during the evaluation process for liver transplantation
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Alcoholic liver cirrhosis is a commonly accepted indication for liver transplantation (LT). Any alcohol consumption is considered a contraindication for LT. However, the assessment of abstinence in everyday practice mostly relies on patient self-reporting, which must be considered highly unreliable. After consumption, ethanol is eliminated by alcohol dehydrogenase, with methanol accumulating in the blood. Methanol, which is known to be a sensitive and specific indicator for recent alcohol consumption, has not been used for verifying alcohol consumption in LT assessments yet. More

Novartis' Certican succeeds in liver transplant trial
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Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis said its Certican, an immune system drug also known under the names Afinitor and Votubia, showed positive outcomes in a two-year phase III study in liver transplantation. More

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Living donor transplant chains help minorities
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Nearly half of kidney recipients in living donor transplant chains are minorities, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. John Schieszer reports that the findings may help allay fears that minorities would be disadvantaged by expansion of the donor pool. More

Heart transplant patient marks 30 years since surgery
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A Buckinghamshire man is thought to have become the U.K.'s longest surviving heart transplant patient. John McCafferty, 70, from Newport Pagnell, was given five years to live when he had his operation in 1982 at Harefield Hospital, Middlesex. It held a celebration earlier to mark the occasion and the success of the transplant program as a whole. More

Sandy fails to thwart Philadelphia-area organ transplants
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Francis Barnes got the call on his cellphone - power was already out - at 10:16 p.m., with Hurricane Sandy at its peak. His 16-month wait for a new liver was over. All he had to do was get to the hospital in West Philadelphia from his home on a gravel cul-de-sac in rural Upper Bucks County. More

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