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Jan. 16, 2014

A message from ITNS President Cindy Russell
ITNS is poised for a great 2014! The Board of Directors met in Chicago, Illinois, USA from 9-11 January 2014 at the ITNS headquarters. I'd like to highlight a few of our projects for this year:

If any of the these projects look exciting to you, contact me to get involved! My email is

First ITNS Foundation Phone-a-thon Raises $1,225

ITNS Board Members (clockwise) Lut Berben, Sandy Cupples, Michelle James, Jason Hopper-Cruz, and Anne Flodén call on ITNS members for their support of the ITNS Foundation.

The ITNS Board of Directors met Thursday, January 9- Saturday, January 11. After the official business was discussed, the Board held a phone-a-thon to raise funds for the ITNS Foundation. The event was a success and raised $1,225 to support the valuable research and education of ITNS members who strive to improve patient care. Thank you for your generous donations! If you missed a call from an ITNS Board member or would like to make a donation, please call + 1 847.375.6340 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST.More

Swedish doctors transplant wombs into 9 women
Business Standard
Nine women in Sweden have successfully received transplanted wombs donated from relatives and will soon try to become pregnant, the doctor in charge of the pioneering project has revealed. The women were born without a uterus or had it removed because of cervical cancer. Most are in their 30s and are part of the first major experiment to test whether it's possible to transplant wombs into women. More

Challenges in machine perfusion preservation for DCD liver grafts
By Sharee Ann Narciso
There is a critical shortage in the number of available donor graft tissues, and donation after circulatory death, or DCD, seems like the next best solution. It is vital to maintain the viability of organs until transplantation to ensure optimal graft survival and function. So far, the most commonly used preservation method in clinical practice is static cold storage. However, the risk of ischemic damage when performing DCD grafting jeopardizes the viability of organs during cold storage. Whether static cold storage is the best method to avoid organ deterioration from DCD is still unknown.More

Hope for transplant patients as study finds key to organ scarring
The Almagest
Patients with damaged organs could be helped by new treatments after scientists have discovered how tissues scar. Researchers say that the finding could pave the way for new drugs and eventually reduce the number of patients on organ transplant waiting lists. More

India: Cadaver organ transplants rare affair in government hospitals
The Times of India
Tamil Nadu recently overtook Maharashtra to top the chart in cadaver organ donation. However, the southern state is still short of organs to be transplanted to needy patients. Data available with the Tamil Nadu Network for Organ Sharing reveals that as many as 3,375 people are looking for kidneys. Though, the right organs could be harvested from the dead, the task is easier said than done. While cadaver organ transplant is not uncommon in private hospitals, even the leading government hospitals in Tamil Nadu rarely conduct it, said C Anandaraj, a Madurai-based health activist.More

High ferritin ups infection risk in kidney transplant patients
Renal & Urology News
Elevated ferritin levels in kidney transplant recipients are associated with an increased risk of infection in the early post-transplant period. Dr. Mario Fernández-Ruiz, and colleagues at Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain, prospectively studied 228 patients undergoing kidney transplantation and analyzed various iron parameters within the first two weeks after transplantation and before the occurrence of the first infectious episode. Patients with ferritin levels above 500 ng/mL had higher incidence rates of overall, bacterial and bloodstream infection during the first post-transplant year.More

D.C. considers organ donor tax credit
The D.C. Council is considering legislation to give organ donors thousands of dollars in tax credits in order to boost the pool of donors in the nation's capital. Thousands of people die from organ failures, in part because there are just too few donors.More

Can China stop organ trafficking?
The New Yorker
Everywhere in the world, the number of patients in need of kidneys, hearts, livers or corneas outstrips the number of donors, but in China the situation is particularly acute. Even though China performs more transplants annually than any country except the U.S., less than 1 percent of the population in need of life-saving transplants receives them (as compared to about 20 percent in the U.S.). According to China's Ministry of Health, some 1.5 million people continue to wait for transplants. More

Lab notes: A new way to mend a broken heart
MedPage Today
A new adhesive that promises to work well in wet places may be just what heart surgeons have been looking for. Current surgical adhesives are toxic, have limited strength and don't work well in wet places, such as the heart. Inspired by insects, slugs, and worms, researchers led by Jeffrey Karp, Ph.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston may have overcome those limitations.More

Postanastomotic transplant renal artery stenosis: Association with de novo class II donor-specific antibodies
American Journal of Transplantation
In this study, we analyze the outcomes of transplant renal artery stenosis (TRAS), determine the different anatomical positions of TRAS, and establish cardiovascular and immunological risk factors associated with its development. One hundred thirty-seven of 999 (13.7 percent) patients had TRAS diagnosed by angiography; 119/137 (86.9 percent) were treated with angioplasty, of which 113/137 (82.5 percent) were stented.More