Transplantation Updates

Just Released - Transplantation Direct - February 2023 Issue

The February issue of Transplantation Direct is now online. You might be interested to find review articles on the fundamentals of corneal transplantation and on pharmacotherapeutic management of HIV+ organ transplant recipients. We have original articles on the association of coronary artery calcium scores with cardiac events in liver transplant recipients, and with living liver donation - assessment of donor BMI effects on donor and recipient outcomes is examined. In kidney transplantation, a meta-analysis is performed on DGF in relation to short and long -term outcomes and the influence of aortoiliac atherosclerosis on intrarenal vascular resistance is assessed; related to the latter, the influence of cardiologists on rejecting patients for transplant eligibility is appraised. The effects of various combinations of standard immunosuppressants with belatcept on kidney rejection rates is tested, and another study reports on the influence of anti-LG3 and angiotensin II receptor autoantibodies on acute rejection and vascular injury. Also with kidney transplantation, there is an assessment of the US Affordable Care Act on waitlisting and outcomes, and an evaluation of various techniques used to determine urinary microbial inhabitants. In sensitized ESRD patients, the effects of Obinutuzumab (anti-CD20 antibody) on compartmental B cell populations is studied in detail. Full access to all these articles is available on our Transplantation Direct website – we hope you will find time to visit the site soon!

Table of Contents


Kidney Transplantation

Liver Transplantation

Infectious Disease


Transplantation - Highlighted Tweets

Early in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, limited testing availability and knowledge about disease transmission raised concern about the safety of using organ donors with positive severe acute respiratory distress coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) testing. Recent registry reports suggest the safety of this approach, but granular data on such transplants remain limited. We report our single-center experience of 36 nonlung solid organ transplant (SOT) allografts from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) SARS-CoV-2+ donors.

Living kidney donors (LKDs) are at increased risk of chronic kidney disease, whereas transplant recipients experience progressive reduction of graft function. We examined the predictive value of quantitative stereology on renal function in LKDs and recipients of living donor kidneys, based on perioperative biopsies from the donated kidney.

Transplantation Direct - Highlighted Tweet

Islet transplantation is a promising treatment for type 1 diabetes. It has the potential to improve glycemic control, particularly in patients suffering from hypoglycemic unawareness and glycemic instability. As most islet grafts do not function permanently, efforts are needed to create an accessible and replaceable site, for islet grafts or for insulin-producing cells obtained from replenishable sources. To this end, we designed and tested an artificial, polymeric subcutaneous transplantation site that allows repeated transplantation of islets.

ITS 2023

Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake from April 30 to May 3, 2023 for the 3rd International Transplantation Science Meeting!

Highlights Include:
  • 3 Keynote Speakers
  • 8 Scientific Sessions
  • Pre-Workshop on "Emerging 'Omics' and Machine Learning Techniques: The Next Frontier in Transplant Research"
  • Numerous opportunities to network

2023 Organ Donation Congress - Abstracts and Awards

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 12, 2023
Award Application Deadline: May 5, 2023

Women in Transplantation

Asian WIT Joint Webinar - February 23, 2023

2023-2025 WIT Fellowship Grants and
Inaugural LMIC Fellowship Grant for Research in Gender and Sex in Transplantation

Request for Applications Now Open!
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2023

The Women in Transplantation executive is very excited to announce the 2023 WIT funding opportunities. This year, we are thrilled to be able to support THREE 2-year Fellowships. This will be the third year that we are offering these fellowships.

In addition, for the first time, we are also offering ONE grant open to faculty working in low or middle income countries. This very special new grant will allow transplant professionals working in low and middle income countries to work with an experienced mentor from among the WIT membership to address an important question within their own unique context. We hope that this award will spur exciting international collaborations and build more research capacity in lower resource settings.

Research Fellowship Grant

Research Fellowship Grant for LMIC

If you have any further questions and for information on how to apply, please contact Katie Tait (WIT Manager) at to request more information.

We welcome all applications and look forward to an exciting competition!

Highlighted Meeting - 2023 World Congress of Nephrology

The World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) is the annual scientific, educational, and networking meeting of the International Society of Nephrology. The WCN features regionally-relevant symposia, presentations, training programs, and courses, offering the latest science and state-of-the-art education in nephrology.
Registration Deadline: March 1

Highlighted Meeting - 2023 World Congress of Nephrology

The British Transplantation Society’s and NHSBT joint annual Congress will be held at the EICC, Edinburgh from March 1-3, 2023. The British Transplantation Society is an affiliated society of TTS and many TTS and Section members will be presenting at this meeting. Please visit their congress website for full program details as well as registration information.

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