Just Released - Transplantation Direct - August 2023 Issue

We are pleased to announce that Transplantation Direct has received its first Impact Factor of 2.3. As a relative newcomer journal in the field, this is a very encouraging initial evaluation that we will continue to build on, and a milestone step forward for the journal.

The August issue of Transplantation Direct is available online. This issue contains a variety of articles, including a useful review on portopulmonary hypertension. In kidney transplantation, we have articles on the effects of different tacrolimus formulations on brain function, and on how normothermic machine perfusion affects the glycocalyx. On kidney donation, outcomes from single vs. dual transplants from small pediatric donors is analyzed, cancer risk is assessed in HLA compatible vs. incompatible living donor transplants, and the consequences of donor-derived hepatitis A transmission is explored. Another study looks at how a liver transplant can protect a simultaneous kidney transplant from preformed DSA. Included also is a review and meta-analysis on CMV preventive therapy, especially in high-risk patients. In vascularized composite allotransplantation, psychosocial and other factors influencing upper extremity transplants are examined. Please visit this newest Transplantation Direct issue in open-access to get all the details.

Spotlighted News

U.S. Congress authorizes overhaul of organ transplant system

July 28 - The United States Congress approved a thorough revamp of the U.S. organ transplant system, providing health officials with the authority to break monopoly control of the way kidneys, livers, lungs and other organs are delivered to sick patients. For 37 years, one nonprofit organization, the United Network for Organ Sharing, has held the federal contract to run the system, relying on a 1984 law that blocked almost all competition. With a unanimous vote, the Senate rewrote the law to let the federal Health Resources and Services Administration break that stranglehold and solicit bids from other for-profit and nonprofit groups.
UNOS did not oppose the legislation. “UNOS is committed to modernizing and reforming the nation’s organ donation and transplant system and working with Congress to achieve measurable results for patients,” the organization said in a statement released Thursday evening.
"IPTA enthusiastically welcomes the release of the new, highly valuable guidance provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for pediatricians involved in caring for children and their families who require life-saving organ donation or transplantation. These guidelines can serve as an essential framework for physicians worldwide, enabling them to better manage and support children awaiting transplants, and should be effectively adapted to diverse allocation systems, health infrastructures, and cultural contexts in medical centers around the globe."
- Lars Pape, IPTA President

American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidance for organ donation and transplantation

August 1 - The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidance on pediatric organ donations and transplantations for pediatricians who work directly with families of children waiting for a potentially life-saving organ transplant, according to a recent press release from the organization.

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Transplantation Journal - August Issue
In this month's issue there is an important dissection of the diagnosis of death in the context of in-situ normothermic thoracic perfusion, which together with analysis of pre-mortem donor interventions provides much food for thought. Elsewhere in the issue lung transplants, tracheal transplantation, pulmonary complications in liver transplantation and ddcfDNA in kidney transplantation are well reviewed.
Temporary Mechanical Circulatory Support Use and Clinical Outcomes of Simultaneous Heart/Kidney Transplant Recipients in the Pre– and Post–heart Allocation Policy Change Eras
The use of temporary mechanical circulatory support (tMCS) devices (intra-aortic balloon pump; Impella 2.5, CP, 5.0; venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) increased significantly across the United States for heart transplant candidates after the allocation policy change. Whether this practice change also affected simultaneous heart-kidney (SHK) candidates and recipient survival is understudied.

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Impact of Perioperative Prophylaxis with Enterococcus Activity on Risk of Surgical-Site Infection After Pancreas Transplantation
Surgical-site infection (SSI) is the most common early infectious complication after pancreas transplantation (PT). Although SSI has been shown to worsen outcomes, little data exist to guide optimal choices in perioperative prophylaxis.
Deceased Donor Kidney Nonuse: A Systematic Approach to Improvement
A large number of procured kidneys continue not to be transplanted, while the waiting list remains high.

Reminder 2023 Proposed TTS By-law Changes

Deadline to submit your ballot is October 21, 2023

TTS Council is pleased to present eight proposed By-law amendments to aid in shaping the future of the Society.

Among the changes proposed are expansion of Council to increase diversity, ensuring female, early career and Middle East AND Africa countries representation.

TTS encourages all full members to actively participate by voting before the ballot closes September 21.

To review the proposed by-law amendments and the rationale statements please click the link below.

If you are a TTS full member you should have received an e-mail with your personalized voting link today. Alternatively you may use the link above to submit your ballot.

SPLIT 2023 - Submit Your Abstract!

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 15

We welcome leading experts and opinion leaders from all over the world to present their latest data and address important needs in clinical pediatric liver transplant and hosting sessions devoted to emerging research in the field.

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