ITNS Insider
Jul. 18, 2013

Dr. Francis Delmonico to deliver keynote address at ITNS Annual Symposium
Don't miss the keynote address on Organ Donation and Transplantation: The WHO/TTS Perspective delivered by Francis L. Delmonico, MD, FACS. The keynote presentation will take place at 0:830 on Saturday, 21 September. Read more about this exciting session in the symposium brochure.More

Congratulations, Yaprak Sarigol Ordin, PhD
ITNS extends warm congratulations to Yaprak Sarigol Ordin upon obtaining her doctorate from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey. The title of Dr. Ordin's dissertation is "Effect of a support group intervention on knowledge, symptoms and quality of life in liver transplant recipients." More

ITNS Pocket Guide now available online!
You can now access a PDF of the Interventions to Common Medication-Adherence Barriers Pocket Guide on the ITNS website. More

2013 Transplant Nursing Excellence Award
The International Transplant Nurses Society recognizes that the role of the transplant nurse is unique and dealing with patients through the transplant continuum is often complex and challenging. ITNS wishes to recognize a special nurse whose career has exemplified the mission of ITNS: "...promotion of excellence in transplant clinical nursing through the provision of educational and professional growth opportunities, interdisciplinary networking, collaborative activities and transplant nursing research."

The Transplant Nursing Excellence Award is offered yearly and presented at the Annual Symposium, held this year from 21-23 September in Washington, D.C.

Submit a nomination today! All nominations must be received by 9 August, 2013 .More

Make your hotel reservations for the symposium today
The host hotel for the 22nd Annual ITNS Symposium is the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Make your reservations before 16 August, 2013 to get the discounted ITNS room rate. After the reserved room block is filled, higher rates may apply. Make your reservation online or by phone at 1-888-421-1442. More

Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the ITNS Insider, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of ITNS, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Organ allocation: What is just and fair?
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The Cleveland Clinic will be holding a conference on Emerging Issues in Organ Transplantation on Sept. 23-24 at Kiawah Island, S.C., focusing on current issues that are in various states of transition. One such issue is organ allocation, a topic that raises some serious questions about ethics and best practices in a field that is already fraught with tension over life-and-death decisions.More

Researchers develop new model for more equitable allocation of livers for transplantation
The Medical News
Using the same type of mathematical formulas used to draw political redistricting maps, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a model that would allow for the more equitable allocation of livers from deceased donors for transplantation.More

Ron Paul Wants people to buy, sell organs for transplants
Opposing Views
Former Texas Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul claims the way to solve the organ donation problem in America is to allow people to buy and sell organs as they do with goods at a grocery store. Paul wrote on his website about cystic fibrosis patient Sarah Murnaghan, who was originally denied a lung transplant because she was too young to be on the adult transplant list, which begins at age 12. A federal judge intervened in her case and allowed her to get the transplant.More

NHS organ transplant service presses for big change of attitude over donation
The Guardian
Far more families must give consent for their relatives' organs to be taken when they die if the transplant program in the U.K. is to be world class, its organizers will say on Thursday, July 18. At the launch of a major new strategy, NHS Blood and Transplant will call for a public debate, asking whether it is fair for people to accept a transplant if they or their families would not agree to organ donation.More

North East research could make more organs suitable for transplant
Pioneering research in the North East means human hearts which not used because they are deemed unsuitable for transplant could get a second chance to save a life. Organ shortage is one of the most pressing issues in medicine, with hundreds of people in Britain dying each year while on the transplant waiting list. Coronary heart disease is one of the biggest killers in the U.K. and, from potential donors, some hearts are not retrieved due to their unsuitability for organ transplantation. Research is now being carried out at the University of Sunderland and Newcastle University to look at developing tests to get hearts beating again and prove the organs are still viable for use.More

Surgeons in 3 Mumbai hospitals conduct India's first domino kidney transplant
The Indian Express
Five kidneys, 10 persons, 40 doctors, 10 operation theaters, three hospitals and simultaneous surgeries lasting six hours. These statistics for India's first domino kidney transplant, conducted in Mumbai on June 25, tell only half the story. The other half involves the two years spent planning it, and now, after it is over, the celebration of the gift of a new life in five homes, in Mumbai and an unspecified place in Rajasthan. More

Red Cross clarifies role in organ donation process
China Daily
The Red Cross Society of China is only responsible for advocating organ donations, providing donors' families with financial relief and commemorating the donor after their death, said Zhao Baige, executive vice-president of the RCSC. The vital process between organ procurement and distribution is "managed rigorously by government departments," she said in a recent online interview.More

HMC's 4th liver transplant a success
The Peninsula
A Sri Lankan expatriate organ donor has helped save the life of a patient suffering from liver failure for several years. And a team at Hamad General Hospital's Organ Donation Center has successfully performed the fourth liver transplant in Qatar. More

First successful blood group mismatch transplant performed
The Times of India
Lack of a blood group matching donor no longer remains a barrier to liver transplantation. The Medanta Liver Team for the first time, have ushered in an era of successful blood group mismatched transplants in India (called ABO-incompatible transplant), with three patients already successfully transplanted by the technique, and several more waiting for the procedure.More

Urine test detects kidney transplant rejection
NIT Research Matters
Levels of certain molecules in the urine of kidney transplant recipients can provide an early sign of transplant rejection, researchers found. The noninvasive urine test could allow doctors to intervene early and protect transplanted kidneys.More

Lung transplant girl has pneumonia
Less than a month after two lung transplant surgeries to save Sarah Murnaghan's life, the 10-year-old has developed pneumonia in her second set of replacement lungs. Sarah has developed pneumonia in her right lung, her mother, Janet Murnaghan posted on her Facebook page. Physicians believe it was caused by aspirations from her belly, she wrote, meaning contents from her stomach went through the wrong pipes and into her lungs.More