The IPTA Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that applications for the 2020 Outreach Program are open. The program supports emerging centres that seek to develop or expand/enhance care in existing transplant programs.
Usually, an emerging centre will have identified a suitable supporting centre to assist them with this program; however it is possible the Outreach Committee can assist in this process.
The application package, guidelines and useful reference documents are available on the Outreach Program section of the IPTA website.
With many thanks,
Chair, IPTA Outreach Committee
The TTS-ILTS Paired Transplant Centers Program is a collaboration between The Transplantation Society (TTS) and the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) supporting new liver transplant programs in emerging countries.
In order to help young members offset expenses to attend our Congress in Seoul, TTS 2020 will be offering Young Investigator Awards and International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Awards. Award recipients will be selected on scientific merits (abstract submission deadline February 18, 2020).
To be eligible for the Young Investigator Awards, you need to apply by March 23, 2020, submit an abstract to the Congress, be a trainee (within 2 years of completion of their training and/or fellowship) and be a member of TTS.
TTS in collaboration with National and International Societies acknowledges the contribution of basic science to the field of transplantation by offering Mentee-Mentor awards.
To be eligible, you need to apply by March 23, 2020, submit an abstract to the Congress, be a graduate student or trainee (within 5 years of receiving PhD, MD), both Mentee and Mentor must attend TTS 2020 and be member of both TTS and confirmed supporting Societies.
Dr. Karen Keung, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation
Schmid-Mohler G, Zala P, Graf N, Witschi P, Mueller TF, Peter Wüthrich R, Huber L, Fehr T, Spirig R
Transplantation: December 2019 - Volume 5 - Issue 12 - p e507
Weight gain in the first year post-transplant, particularly if rapid, is associated with poor clinical outcomes. Schmid-Mohler and colleagues conducted a single centre, randomised controlled trial involving 123 kidney or kidney-pancreas recipients, to assess the efficacy of an 8-month behavioural intervention (usual care plus 7-8 counselling sessions) compared with usual care (single education session and weight self- monitoring). The outcomes examined were body mass index (BMI) change and physical activity. In the intervention group, 88.5% of patients attended 7 or more counselling sessions. Mean weight gain (in patients with a BMI at baseline of >18.5) was unexpectedly low in both groups at 8 months, with no significant difference seen between the intervention and control groups (+0.04 kg/m2 and +0.14 kg/m2 respectively, p=0.59), nor was a difference observed at 12 months. The average daily number of steps as a measure of physical activity, was also not statistically significantly different between the two groups. Nevertheless, further research is needed to assess patient risk profiles for weight gain, and to evaluate if certain patients may benefit from more intensive interventions.
In 2020, three Officer positions will be vacated and 7 of the 12 Councilors-at-large representing the Regions will be changing. The elections will take place early in 2020 and those elected will assume their new roles starting at the 2020 TTS Congress in Seoul.
Members can access the online nominating form at www.tts.org/nominations. Since each nominee must have his or her form signed by three supporting members (including him/herself), the online process allows for efficient and rapid circulation.
For more information on elections, visit the TTS website and consult the By-Laws in the “About” section.
To provide an overview on similarities and differences identified in VCA vs solid organ transplants.
Jan. 20 - The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have "enormous potential."
Jan. 15 - Oncologic stem cells have been identified in many malignancies, and targeting these cells could help in the fight against cancer. Here are five of the most recent findings regarding cancer stem cells.
Jan. 16 - This month in BMC Nephrology, a study by Lee et al. found that the survival rates of dual kidney transplant grafts, from deceased donors over the age of 70, were similar to those of single kidney transplant grafts. This study questioned whether this practice could in the future expand the donor pool.
Jan. 16 - Alzheimer's disease has long been characterized by the buildup of two distinct proteins in the brain: first beta-amyloid, which accumulates in clumps, or plaques, and then tau, which forms toxic tangles that lead to cell death. But how beta-amyloid leads to the devastation of tau has never been precisely clear. Now a new study at the University of Alabama at Birmingham appears to describe that missing mechanism.
We are excited to announce that the planning for the Chauvet 2020 meeting is well underway. This meeting is of interest to all health care providers who care for individuals with upper extremity amputations, severe facial disfigurement, absolute uterine factor infertility and those with loss of laryngeal function and all VCA candidates and recipients. If you are in any discipline with an interest in the psychosocial aspects of these patients, this meeting will interest you.
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