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Sep. 17, 2015

8th Annual Wisconsin Chapter Transplant Symposium
Join the Wisconsin Chapter of ITNS for our 8th Annual Transplant Symposium on Oct. 10, 2015 at the Epic Systems Corporation Campus in Verona, Wisconsin from 7:30am- 4:30pm (near Madison, WI). Expert speakers from Transplant centers throughout WI will share experiences and insights, featuring a multidisciplinary approach to transplant management. Topics include updates in immunosuppression; adherence, health care rationing, recipient selection & allocation; and interactive panel discussions on advanced nursing degrees and certification. Network with your colleagues and tour the Epic campus throughout the day. A block of rooms is reserved until 9/15/15 for Friday Oct. 9, 2015. Call in reservations, 608-270-1900, under Group Name WI ITNS. Contact Lori Bassindale at with questions.More

2016 Abstracts Due October 12
Submit an abstract before the Oct. 12, 2015 deadline. Share your knowledge for the benefit of the transplant nursing community. Questions about abstract submission? Contact Olivia Schmit, Education Administrator, at

Support ITNS when you shop on Amazon!
Remember ITNS when you do your holiday shopping! Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the International Transplant Nurses Society whenever you shop on AmazonSmile . Select ITNS as your preferred charitable organization and shop on Amazon as you normally would! Thank you for your support!More

Featured transplant articles
Read recently published articles from The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, Pediatric Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, and Transplantation. Click here to read the abstracts and for links to the full articles.More

Thank You Supporters of the ITNS Summer Symposium
ITNS thanks the following supporters for the educational grants provided at the ITNS Summer Symposium:

Alexion Pharmaceuticals/ Complement Foundation $15,000
Pfizer $5,000
Sigma Tau $2,500
Thoratec $1,000

The future of organ transplantation is hot, literally
The Daily Beast
"Cold is the old thing, and warm is the new thing" when it comes to organ transplants, according to Dr. Korkut Uygun. Uygun is an assistant professor in surgery at Harvard Medical School and founder of Organ Solution, a startup focused on recovering donated livers. "The current state of the art is the University of Wisconsin (UW) organ preservation solution," which is a preservation medium for keeping donated organs just above freezing, he says. "It's a miracle."More

Baylor University Medical Center performs record number of organ transplants
Recently, surgical teams took part in a record-setting day of organ transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Surgeons on the medical staff performed nine organ transplants on seven patients in one calendar day. The successful day of surgeries broke the previous Texas record of eight organ transplants performed in one calendar day, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).More

Live-donor allograft decreases risk of acute kidney injury post-liver transplant
Researchers from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found that liver transplant recipients of a living donor liver allograft had reduced odds of acute kidney injury at 72 hours post-transplant, according to published findings. Researcher Ibtesam A. Hilmi, MBCHB, FRCA, associate professor, department of anesthesiology, Presbyterian Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and colleagues retrospectively analyzed data of living donor liver transplant and deceased donor liver transplant recipients between Jan. 2006 and Dec. 2011 at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.More

Increasing transplant organ supply through uncontrolled donation after cardiac death
Health Affairs blog
Each year, thousands of people die in the United States while waiting for a kidney or liver transplant and tens of thousands remain on the waiting list for these organs. The primary source of transplant organs in the U.S. is brain dead donors, who make up about 12,000 of the 2 million people who die in the U.S. each year. Although they are a small percentage of the people who die in the US, brain dead individuals make up 92 percent of organ donors. Even if 100 percent of brain dead individuals were both eligible and willing to donate their organs, this would not clear the transplant waiting list.More

HCC exception policy for liver transplant reduces survival benefit for patients with HCC
Researchers from the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington, found that the hepatocellular carcinoma MELD exception policy reduces liver transplantation-related survival benefit in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, according to published findings. "Because patients with HCC are transplanted at significantly lower mean MELD score than patients without HCC, due to the HCC MELD exception policy, we hypothesized that patients with HCC might derive a substantially lower survival benefit," the researchers wrote.More

Organ donation shortage: NSW hospital uses recycled and diseased kidneys for dialysis patients
The critical shortage of organ donations in Australia has led doctors at a New South Wales hospital to use the recycled and diseased kidneys of cancer patients. The John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle have been quietly transplanting the kidneys into dialysis patients since 2008 with great success. Transplant surgeon and urologist Dr. Philip Sprott carries out the risky procedure, which involves clearing the kidney of cancer before transplanting it into the new patient.More

The link between drug therapy and kidney failure in transplant patients
Medical Xpress
New research will help scientists and medical professionals to better understand the long-term complications caused by an immunosuppressant drug used to treat thousands of kidney transplant patients. Cyclosporin A (CsA) is administered to kidney transplant patients to improve and maintain the survival of the new functioning organ (or graft) by suppressing the immune system.More

Organ donation advertising on the rise
When it comes to waiting for an organ donor it used to be a person's name would be put on a list, and then they would just wait. But a growing number of patients are taking matters into their own hands, by asking for donors in the most public ways they can think of. They're hard not to miss — a larger than life plea for help. Desperate organ donors seeking help with a billboard. Lori Coulter's also hoping to get your attention roadside. The message is the same but this time it's posted on her car.More

New study of DCD liver transplantations finds no significant link between donor age and organ survival
News Medical
Organ donation after circulatory death (DCD), in which transplant organs are taken from donors after a period of no blood circulation or oxygenation, is often considered inferior to donation after brain death, in which circulation and oxygenation are maintained until organs are removed for transplantation. Currently, the use of livers from DCD donors remains controversial, particularly with donors with advanced age. More

Hansa Medical receives FDA Orphan Drug Designation for IdeS
Hansa Medical announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation (ODD) to IdeS for the prevention of antibody mediated organ rejection in solid organ transplant patients. Approximately 30 percent of the patients on the waiting lists for kidney, heart, lung and pancreas, equivalent to approximately 35 000 patients in the U.S., are sensitized to Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA). HLA sensitization is a risk factor in transplantation and a significant part of the sensitized patients are rarely considered for transplantation due to the increased risk of antibody mediated organ rejection. More