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Most Transplant Recipients in One Place: Baskent University Breaks World Record

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On May 12, 2018, Baskent University set out to break the Guinness World Record for the largest group of organ transplant recipients in one place at one time. 457 transplant patients from all four corners of Turkey travelled to Ankara to take part in the "New Life Journey: Atatürk Walk and Run" organized by Başkent University at their Bağlıca Campus in Ankara.

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New Study Will Probe Safety of HIV-to-HIV Kidney Transplants

May 19 - A new study may pave the way for HIV-positive patients to receive organ transplants. The National Institutes of Health this month announced the launch of the HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study to research the safety of kidney transplantation from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients.

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IS THIS STEM-CELL CLINIC REALLY MAKING CANCER VACCINES?

May 16 - ON THE FIRST Saturday of March, Kristin Comella put on a white doctor's coat and took the stage at the fourth annual conference for the Academy of Regenerative Practices. The founder and president of the academy, Comella also oversees an expanding empire of stem cell clinics that promise patients cures for most anything that ails them. None of those treatments—for everything from diabetes and asthma to multiple sclerosis and arthritis—have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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3D Printing Saves Toddler's Life with Kidney Transplant

kidneyMay 19 - In a pioneering operation, surgeons use 3D scanning and 3D printing to verify that a father's kidney would fit in his young son's abdomen before a live-saving kidney transplant.

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Transplantation - Featured Article

Submitted by r Joel Thomas Adler, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation.

Health care costs for the evaluation, surgery, and follow-up care of living kidney donors
[published online April 19, 2018]
Habbous S, Sarma S, Barnieh L, et al.
Transplantation. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002222

Living donor kidney transplantation is widely practiced, but the cost of evaluation for donors is very poorly understood. Much of this cost is assumed to be due to the nephrectomy itself, but no formal studies have accounted for repeat testing, additional testing due to incremental findings, and consideration of other tests that are needed because of the donor's personal medical history. Habbous et al studied the health care costs of 1099 donors in Ontario, Canada. The incremental costs were found to be $16 290 (for the donor) for the entire evaluation, perioperative, and 1-year follow-up periods. The perioperative cost varied significantly across transplant centers. These data provide a useful framework to make care of the living donor more cost effective. Note, those costs may vary in different health care systems!

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Scientists have transplanted memory from one snail to another. So, what does it mean for humans?

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May 17 - It's the kind of study science fiction dreams are made of: A team of neurobiologists at UCLA "transplanted" a memory from the nervous system of one snail into another.

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Researchers uncover clues to early lung transplant failure

May 22 - Among organ transplant patients, those receiving new lungs face a higher rate of organ failure and death compared with people undergoing heart, kidney and liver transplants. One of the culprits is inflammation that damages the newly transplanted lung.

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Researchers build artificial cellular compartments as molecular workshops

May 22 - How to install new capabilities in cells without interfering with their metabolic processes? Scientists have altered mammalian cells in such a way that they formed artificial compartments in which sequestered reactions could take place, allowing the detection of cells deep in the tissue and also their manipulation with magnetic fields.

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Crusaders disease re-emerges despite liver transplants

May 17 - Health professionals on Thursday said it was imperative for Cyprus to stay updated on the latest research on amyloidosis, also known as Crusaders' disease, after it emerged that the disease re-emerges in a significant number of people who have undergone liver transplant.

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Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells

May 17 - A robotic approach to mass-producing organoids could accelerate regenerative medicine research and drug discovery.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS IN TRANSPLANTATION

By Arzu Oezcelik, MD

The field of transplantation is challenging and highly specialized. However, sometimes it can be very frustrating for young trainees. The training is mentally and physically very hard and stressful, and role models are therefore very important for young trainees in the field. Role models range from the the founders of today's transplant surgery to inspiring senior colleagues. Their professional life was and is an inspiration for young professionals and their success can give new energy in difficult times. However, the accessibility to these "giants of the field" as role models for new generations is decreasing. The international societies can take over the function of these role models, often providing some of the mentorship and training for the younger generations. These societies help create international connections, create opportunities to meet important personalities in your field, and facilitate the development of new ideas. Participation in international projects to achieve improvements in the field of transplantation can renew energy and enthusiasm. All these factors are the basis for a successful career, especially in less developed countries. The Young Member group of TTS is designed for transplant professionals at the beginning of their career, creating a possibility to be part of an active group from all over the world with the goal of improving the education and training of young transplant professionals. Over the following months, representatives from the TTS Young Members Committee will be highlighting their role models in the field in each issue of Pulse. 

TTS 2018 Youg Member Activities

TTS has invested in our young attendess at TTS 2018 with a wide variety of activities and opportunities.

Post-Graduate Courses, Lunch & Learn Session, Orientation Session, Poster Tours, Networking Events, Attendance Justification Tool Kit, Volunteer Opportunities, Young Investigator Awards

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Transplantation - Featured Article

Submitted by r Joel Thomas Adler, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation.

Quality metrics in solid organ transplantation: a systematic review. [published online March 8, 2018].  Brett KE, Ritchie LJ, Ertel E, Bennett A, Knoll GA.
Transplantation. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002149.

Measuring the quality of healthcare is challenging; transplantation represents its own unique set of challenges in accurately measuring quality in a way that is useful to transplant providers and meaningful to patients. Brett et al performed a systematic review of over 300 quality metrics with most focusing on safety and effectiveness, while few addressed other important quality domains such as equity and patient-centeredness. This study provides a roadmap for future quality metrics and directions in transplantation.

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Transplantation Nursing 101 @ TTS 2018

We would like to highlight our one-day symposium that is designed for nurses, transplant coordinators, and members of allied health groups to become familiar with and update their knowledge about the principles of organ transplantation. Topics include transplant immunology, different aspects and new developments on heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, and intestinal transplantation, infectious disease, and comprehensive care of transplant patients.

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In Memoriam - Hans BAlner, TTS Past-President

With great sadness, I inform you that Prof. Hans Balner from the Netherlands died on April 29. Hans was president of The Transplantation Society from 1980 to 1982. He was director of the Primate Center in Rijswijk in the Netherlands and has done important research on the unraveling of histocompatibility antigens in primates. Hans worked with the recently deceased (2017) Prof. dr. Jon van Rood, also from the Netherlands. This fruitful collaboration has substantially contributed to improving the results of organ transplantation. Hans was 92 years old.

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard Marquet (Former colleague of Hans)

CALL TO ACTION - WIT and WHCOP are joining together in solidarity at ATC 2018!

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Current events and personal experiences remind us daily of how important it is to improve representation of women in transplant leadership and research, and promote gender equality in transplant careers and clinical care. Please join us to hear from AST President-Elect, Dr. Dianne McKay and panelist representatives from WIT and WHCOP on the topic of gender equity in transplantation. We hope that our combined memberships will benefit from the opportunity to network and learn more about what we can do to promote careers and improve patient care for women in transplantation. Refreshments and light fare will be served.

Event Theme:
Empowering Women in Transplant: Achieving Equality in Leadership, Career, Research and Patient Care

Feautured Speaker:
Dr. Dianne McKay, AST President-ElectMedical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Program, Professor, University of California San Diego

Tuesday, June 5 • 6:00–7:30pm
The Washington State Convention Center705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

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BBC documentary tonight shows life-saving work of heart transplant unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

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May 11 - Transplant: A Chance to Live will feature seven patients awaiting transplants and reveal a pioneering new technology.

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Xenotransplantation Research Center to transplant pig's cornea into man

May 15 - Researchers at the Xenotransplantation Research Center (XRC) are planning to transplant a pig's cornea into a person this December. If successful, it will mark the world's first pig-to-human cornea xenotransplantation completed in step with guidelines by the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA).

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In the News

Scientists successfully graft neural precursor cells into spinal cords of syngeneic pigs with no immunosuppression

May 10 - A major hurdle to using neural stem cells derived from genetically different donors to replace damaged or destroyed tissues, such as in a spinal cord injury, has been the persistent rejection of the introduced material (cells), necessitating the use of complex drugs and techniques to suppress the host's immune response.

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Researchers achieve new type 1 stem cell therapy breakthrough

May 9 - A scientific breakthrough which could improve the success of islet cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes has been developed by researchers from Cincinnati.

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Russian Scientists Reveal Prospects of Human Organs' Full Restoration

May 13 - Russian scientists, after successfully implanting and achieving full functionality of a frozen frog heart after 45 days of cryogenic preservation, have now fully restored a frozen rat heart after 24 hours of hypothermic storage.

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Dr. Shaf Keshavjee judges on Masterchef Canada

May 15 - Order of Canada Recipient and TTS Heart and Lung Committee member, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, judges on Masterchef Canada.

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Kidney Transplant Ups Survival in GPA 'Dramatic' decreases in cardiovascular and all-cause death

May 15 - Patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) who develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and undergo a kidney transplant have a significantly reduced risk of death, a national study found.

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Multiple Myeloma: A Bold Study to Make Allografting Safer and More Efficient

May 11 - In a 10-patient cohort study led by Dr. Jean Roy (hematologist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Université de Montréal) that aims to understand how to mitigate the risks associated with the treatment of multiple myeloma, a malignant cancer, researchers have adopted an innovative approach based on the unique immunological properties of umbilical cord blood in an effort to improve the safety and efficiency of allografting, the preferred treatment for this disease.

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