ITNS Insider
Feb. 26, 2015

Earn up to 17 Contact Hours!
All transplant professionals are invited to attend the ITNS Summer Symposium where you can earn up to 17 contact hours! Register before the May 4, 2015 early bird deadline to save $75. Not a member? Join and register to receive Summer Symposium savings and ITNS membership benefits! Tell the decision maker at your facility that you need to be at the Summer Symposium. Use our customizable approval letter to submit your request. More

ITNS Chapters
Email your chapter events to to get it listed on the ITNS calendar. This is a free membership benefit and a great way to promote chapter events! We are also happy to include your chapter events here in the ITNS Insider!More

$2,500 ITNS Research Grant available for 2015
The purpose of this grant is to encourage qualified ITNS members to advance the body of transplant knowledge. This grant may be used to support research projects, a systematic review of the literature, a meta-analysis, a quality improvement initiative or a program evaluation project. The application deadline for the 2015 grant is July 1, 2015. Click here to learn more about the research grant guidelines and access the grant application.More

2015 Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest
Why I Celebrate My Transplant Nurse
Nominations due by Friday, 13 March 2015

As appreciation of this important day grows, ITNS is committed to creating more opportunities for nurses to celebrate their contributions. In April 2006, ITNS created Transplant Nurses Day to raise awareness of the unique contributions transplant nurses make in the lives of the people with whom they work, especially their patients. The celebration takes place the third Wednesday in April, this year 15 April, and recognizes the skill and commitment of transplant nurses around the world. The Transplant Nurses Day Essay Contest allows patients to nominate an ITNS transplant nurse who has made a difference in their lives.

Help ITNS spread the word! Feel free to print the contest brochure and display it at your hospital or workplace. Encourage your patients to nominate an ITNS member for this prestigious award!More

Andean culture frustrates organ transplants in Bolivia
The Associated Press via ABC News
For seven years, Maria Ramos battled bouts of depression as she underwent thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to keep her alive, her ambition of becoming a schoolteacher a seemingly unattainable dream. Now, she has hope. In December, the 27-year-old Ramos finally got the kidney she needed thanks to an ambitious new Bolivian government program that makes organ transplants available at no charge to the poor.More

Spain organ transplants get high speed rail boost
The Telegraph
Spanish doctors are to use high-speed trains to transport organs for transplant under a new deal between the country's health and infrastructure ministries. Spain is already the world leader in terms of donations per capita and this latest logistical advance is viewed as an opportunity to boost the number of kidney transplants in which partners from couples without compatibility donate their organs to other couples in a chain of solidarity. More

Race against time for baby in need of heart, lung transplant
ABC News
Shortly after baby Olive Kang was born, doctors told her parents that because she had a rare heart defect, she would only survive two weeks — maybe two months if she was lucky. She's been defying the odds for more than a year, but time is running out for her to get the heart-lung transplant she needs to survive, her mother, Robin Kang told ABC News. More

People die in Goa while organ transplant act not implemented
Goa News
Twenty years Goa has been sleeping over an existing act of organ transplantation while thousands of people are dying for want of crucial organs like liver and kidney. The fifth Samajik Parishad, consisting of doctors, professionals and social activists, has thus urged Goa government to implement the 20-year old Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994 to facilitate human organ transplantation.More

India: First cadaver organ transplant at SMS hosipital
The Times of India
Even as swine flu has wreaked havoc in the state and SMS hosipital is working overtime to contain the killer flu, there's one encouraging news. The first cadaver organ transplant recently took place in the hospital. While the donor's kidneys were gifted to two persons, her liver was airlifted from here to Delhi. However, the first cadaver organ transplant was conducted at a private hospital in the city on Feb. 6. This is the first such case for SMS hospital.More

DonateLife: Tasmanian organ donation rate high compared to rest of country
ABC Online
Tasmanians are being told they are performing well nationally when it comes to organ donation and its outcomes, despite just nine people in the state donating organs last year.More

'Superdonors' poised to change the world of transplant surgery
By Alan Kelsky
All too often we hear heartbreaking stories of a child needing a kidney or liver transplant, but neither parents match. Transplanting an organ that is not closely matched to a recipient's blood type, antibodies and other key markers generally means that the receiver of the donated organ will immediately begin to reject it. However, science uncovered that a small percentage of humans have a type of human leukocyte antigen that allows their tissues to be transplanted more easily. Now there is talk about creating a biobank of these cells from HLA "matching superdonors."More