New Documentary on Dr. Starzl
There is a new documentary on the late Thomas Starzl includes many interviews from current TTS Members. The documentary recently premiered in California and the next screenings will be held on April 7 and 8 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Transplantation Journal - Featured Article
Submitted by Dr Peri Kocabayoglu, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation.
Socioeconomic Inequalities in the Kidney Transplantation Process: A Registry-Based Study in Sweden
Zhang Y, Gerdtham UG, Rydell H, Jarl J. .
Transplant Direct. 2018 ; 4(2): e346.
Increasing evidence suggests that a low or high socioeconomic status (SES) correlates with waitlisting and kidney transplantation. In this study, Zhang et al aim to investigate the association between predialysis income, education, and access to (a) the kidney waitlist, and (b) kidney transplantation. Data were extracted from the Swedish Renal Register. Interestingly, even though 80% of all listed patients were eventually transplanted, the authors found disadvantages for patients of with a lower SES. Income and education appear to play a complex role and are key contributors in accessing kidney transplant waitlists in Sweden.
TTS EDUCATION COMMITTEE WEBINAR SERIES
"TRENDS AND CHALLENGES IN LIVER TRANSPLANTATION"
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018 - 2PM EST (Montreal time)
Challenging Problems in Pediatric Liver Transplantation:
Long Term Allograft Attrition
|Organizer/Moderator: Professor Sukru Emre, MD
Professor of Surgery (Transplant) and of Pediatrics, Yale University, USA
|Discussant: Carlos O. Esquivel, MD, PhD
Arnold and Barbara Silverman Professor in Pediatric Transplantation,
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
|Discussant: Simon P. Horslen, MB ChB
Director of the Hepatobiliary and Intestinal Failure programs
Medical Director for Solid Organ Transplantation, Seattle Childrens Hospital, USA
TTS 2018 - Challenging Cases Competition
Deadline: March 18, 2018
Are you involved in managing challenging transplant cases? If yes, the Scientific Program Committee of the TTS 2018 congress in Madrid is inviting you to submit the most challenging case you were involved with.
China tells Vatican it's fighting illegal organ transplants
March 14 - ROME - Associated Press - Chinese health authorities told a Vatican trafficking conference that Beijing's efforts to crack down on illegal "underground" organ transplants have resulted in 220 arrests and 100 victims being rescued over the past 10 years. Dr. Haibo Wang, deputy chief of China’s organ donation and transplant foundation, provided the data as part of China’s yearslong effort to convince the international medical community that it no longer harvests organs from executed prisoners.
Living Kidney Donation Among Men Declined
March 12 - From 2005 to 2015, there was a decrease in living kidney donation in men, while donation was stable for women, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Researchers find better ways to grow liver cells from stem cells: A*STAR
A research collaboration in Singapore has discovered methods to efficiently generate pure liver cells from human stem cells, potentially leading to more effective ways of treating liver failure.
A Stem Cell Patch Could Heal Hearts Damaged By Cardiac Arrest
March 9 - U.K. Researchers are using stem cells to develop a "patch" that could help mend diseased and damaged hearts, eliminating the need for a transplant.
Researchers create enhanced nanoscaffold for regenerative heart medicine
March 8 - Biophysicists in Russia have gained greater understanding about the structure of nanofibrous scaffolds – termed nanoscaffolds – in a study that is researching heart tissue regeneration.
Reduced device clotting, decreased strokes seen with novel heart pump
March 12 - At two years of follow-up, severely ill patients with advanced heart failure who received a novel heart pump fully implantable within the chest experienced no malfunctions requiring replacement or removal of the device for blood clotting
Osaka University OKs world’s first test of iPS-cell-based heart failure treatment
March 9 - A Japanese team of physicians won approval Friday from an Osaka University panel for its plan to carry out the world’s first clinical study for treating heart failure with sheets of cardiac muscle cells created from so-called iPS cells.
Martine Rothblatt's theory of evolution
It's a future that Martine Rothblatt, one of the region's most recognizable biotech CEOs, is working to make a reality at her company, Silver Spring's United Therapeutics Corp. — and she predicts this science fiction could start to become scientific fact in the next five years. Transforming organ transplantation ...