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First 'breathing lung' transplant in US performed at UCLA
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A local man became the first in the country to receive a "breathing lung" transplant in mid November. A team of doctors and nurses at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center were able to keep a set of donor lungs alive and breathing outside of the body as they're transported into the operating room. Experts said it's a medical breakthrough that could save thousands of people who die every year waiting for a transplant. More


Chimera Winter issue available
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The Winter 2013 issue of Chimera magazine is available at Check out the highlights from the 6th Annual Surgical Fellows Symposium and the fall meeting of the ASTS Council, among many other things! Please suggest a program or individual for Across the Field or to let your fellow members know about your latest career move in People and Places by emailing

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 Wednesday, 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


Murray is remembered as a 'giant' in organ transplantation
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Soon after surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital listed their first patient in an organ donation database as in need of a face transplant, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac visited Dr. Joseph E. Murray at his home in Wellesley. Pomahac, who was preparing to lead a team in the hospital's first partial face transplant and would go on to do the first full face transplant performed in the United States, was anxious. Had he considered every variable? Had they done enough to ensure the surgery would go well? More

Organ transplant pioneer talks about risks and rewards
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Sir Roy Calne is a pioneer of organ transplants — the surgeon who in the 1950s found ways to stop the human immune system from rejecting implanted hearts, livers and kidneys. In 1968 he performed Europe's first liver transplant, and in 1987 the world's first transplant of a liver, heart and lung. More

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Transplant pharmacists gain traction
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The first published report of a dedicated pharmacist assigned to a transplant team appeared in the literature more than 25 years ago, in a 1976 case report on a renal transplant program published in the American Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. More

Long-term outcomes worse in spontaneous survivors of non-acetaminophen liver failure than transplant recipients
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Spontaneous survivors of non-acetaminophen acute liver failure have significantly poorer survival rates at two years than patients with acute liver failure who received transplantation, according to data presented at The Liver Meeting. More

The pits and pearls in translating operational tolerance biomarkers into clinical practice
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Major advances have been made with respect to the understanding of mechanisms and the process of discovery and early validation of peripheral blood biomarkers for operational transplant tolerance both in kidney and liver transplantation. Prospective trials and organ integrative studies are now needed to further develop these biomarkers for future clinical application in addition to expanding novel approaches such as the investigation of miRNAs to better understand the tolerance mechanisms. More

Influenza vaccination in solid-organ transplant recipients
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The administration of influenza vaccination is strongly recommended in solid-organ transplant recipients and their relatives. Further research is needed for improving the immunogenicity of influenza vaccine in this population. More

Progressive graft fibrosis and donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies in pediatric late liver allografts
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The role of donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen antibodies (DSAs) that develop late after living donor liver transplantation is unknown. In a recent study, 79 pediatric recipients who had good graft function and underwent protocol liver biopsy more than 5 years after transplantation (median = 11 years, range = 5-20 years) were reviewed. The high prevalence of graft fibrosis and anti–class II DSAs in late protocol biopsy samples suggests that humoral alloreactivity may contribute to the process of unexplained graft fibrosis late after liver transplantation. More

Neoadjuvant transarterial chemoembolization on tumor recurrence and patient survival after liver transplantation for hepatocellular carcinoma
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Transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) has gained wide acceptance as a bridge to liver transplantation (LT) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A recent analysis compared long-term results with and without neoadjuvant TACE and to identify subgroups, which particularly benefit from TACE. Results suggest that TACE lowers the HCC recurrence rate in patients inside the Milan and UCSF criteria. More

A way to reduce discard rates of kidneys with capsular damage
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More than 100,000 patients are on the kidney transplant waiting list and the increasing number of patients without living donor options underscore why it is important to decrease the discard rate of deceased donor kidneys available for transplantation. More

US task force: Baby Boomers should be tested for hepatitis C
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A U.S. task force suggests that people at high risk for the hepatitis C virus should be screened, which includes those with a history of intravenous drug use and those who received blood transfusions before 1992. More


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