ITNS Insider
Jan. 29, 2015

Nominate a colleague for an ITNS Award
All nominations must be received by 13 February 2015.

Transplant Nursing Excellence Award:
The purpose of this award is to recognize an exemplary nurse (RN or equivalent) for their care of transplant patients and their embodiment of the ITNS mission and values. Both the nominator and the nominee must be current ITNS members. Click here for the full award requirements and the nomination form.

Friend of Transplant Nursing Award: The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual outside the nursing profession who has supported the efforts of ITNS and made an impact in the field of transplant nursing. The nominator must be a current ITNS member.
Click here for the full award requirements and the nomination form.More

OPTN/UNOS Policy and Bylaw Proposals Distributed for Public Comment
This document contains 10 proposals being offered for public comment. These proposals were developed by OPTN/UNOS committees. When the public comment period ends on March 27, 2015, each sponsoring committee will review the feedback it received and consider modifications to the original proposals. The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors may then review and vote on these proposals at its meeting on June 1-2, 2015.

Please click on the following link to provide your comments on these proposals: You may also send general feedback to

Please submit all comments no later than March 27, 2015. For general questions about the proposals, please contact your Regional Administrator at (804) 782-4800. More

Featured Transplant Articles
Read recently published articles from Transplant Infectious Disease, Pediatric Transplantation, Transplantation and the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. Click here to read the abstracts and for links to the full articles.More

ITNS Call for Nominations
Are you devoted to the vision of ITNS? Do you have a desire to contribute to your association's development? Build your professional reputation and share your expertise by applying to join the ITNS Board of Directors in 2015. Leaders are responsible for guiding the association, anticipating change in the transplant environment and addressing the interests and needs of members.

If you are interested in applying for a leadership position and becoming a vital part in shaping the future of transplant nursing, review the information about becoming a candidate. The deadline to receive completed candidate applications is Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (USA). More

An enlightened nursing ecosystem
By Keith Carlson
The 21st-century healthcare environment is a challenging one. Whether nurses work in home health or the ICU, caring for nurses while they're on the job is the responsibility of the employer utilizing those nurses' expert skills. In that regard, strong nurse leaders must be willing to advocate for the well-being of their nurses, assuring a workforce that is healthy, cared for and employed under conditions that ensure nurse safety and nurse wellness.More

Organ donation and transplants save more than 2 million years of life: Are you a donor?
Medical Daily
The results of a new JAMA study may double as a call to action for organ donation: More than two million years of life have been saved by solid-organ transplant since the late 80s. These transplants refer to the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and intestines. More

Immune sequencing pinpoints mechanism of kidney transplant tolerance
Researchers at Columbia University have used an immune sequencing strategy to describe a mechanism responsible for kidney transplant tolerance. Using immune sequencing services from Adaptive Biotechnologies, the team discovered a set of patient-specific T cell receptors that react to the donor organ and disappear over time in those patients who do not reject the organ. More

India: Latest organ transplantation rules suggest preferring Indians over foreigners
In an attempt to prevent misuse of organs used for transplant, the government has mandated that allocation of organs be made in a specified sequence giving preference to Indians over foreigners. However, the move is being resisted by the medical fraternity which says it will lead to doctors differentiating between patients based on region and nationality, which is a violation of Medical Council of India Act.More

Will Americans accept organ transplants from aborted fetuses?
The Epoch Times
The next major medical ethics debate could be growing inside the bodies of lab rats in California. A research company in Redwood has implanted several kidneys and at least one heart from aborted human fetuses into rats. The company, Ganogen, says it has the ability to implant a wide variety of fetal organs into animals using a device it developed to regulate the blood flow and pressure between the organs and the host animal.More

Ontario sets new record for organ donation, helping save more than 1,000 lives
CTV News
Ontario says it set a new record for organ donations last year, helping save more than 1,000 lives. The Trillium Gift of Life Network, the province's agency for organ, tissue and transplant donations, says there were 265 donors in 2014, up 18 percent from the year before. More

Novel drug therapy lowers antibodies in kidney transplant patients
By Lynn Hetzler
A new preoperative drug therapy may reduce antibodies in kidney patients better than using traditional methods, according to a three-year clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati transplant researchers. The novel approach may increase patients' candidacy for kidney transplantation and decrease the chances of rejection. The study, entitled "Prospective Iterative Trial of Proteasome Inhibitor-Based Desensitization" and published in the latest issue of American Journal of Transplantation, shows promise.More