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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE EDITION

The Transplantation Society (TTS) and our journal Transplantation have developed online resources to keep you informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We are also requesting contributions and news from the transplant community to be sent to covid-19@tts.org for inclusion on our resources page.

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In this dashboard, you will find links to TTS and other global and regional resources, as well as interactive maps, publications and webinars. We encourage you to explore this dashboard and share with your colleagues.

Website - www.tts.org/covid-19


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Editors and contributors to Transplantation have shared their thoughts on how they are dealing with the current crisis. While we understand that the information of today may be quite different tomorrow in this fast-moving pandemic, this report will open our forum of an international exchange on COVID for the transplant community.

Website - www.tts.org/txjcovid19

Please send your own contributions and news to covid-19@tts.org for inclusion on our resources page.

COVID-19: ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANT TOWN HALL

TTS 2020 CALL FOR AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT & NEW TTS STARZL INNOVATION AWARD

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THE MEDAWAR PRIZE

Application Deadline - May 1, 2020

Recognized as the world's highest dedicated award for the most outstanding contributions in the field of transplantation.

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TTS THOMAS STARZL INNOVATION AWARD

Application Deadline - May 1, 2020

The award recognizes individuals who, though advanced and original work, have contributed significantly to transplantation, thereby reflecting the spirit pioneered by Dr. Starzl.

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TTS RECOGNITION AWARDS

Application Deadline - May 1, 2020

These awards recognize individuals who have made a major international impact in the field of transplantation.

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WIT AWARDS

Application Deadline - May 1, 2020

The Woman Leader in Transplantation Award and Unsung Hero Award will be presented to women with extraordinary impact in the field.

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TTS2020 ABSTRACTS DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020

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As we are all aware, the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been the focus for the medical community throughout the world. This has prevented many of our colleagues to prepare and submit abstracts for our congress in September. We have therefore decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to April 6.

We are also aware that some individuals are concerned about committing to traveling to the congress in September as it is still six months away. We have therefore decided to extend the abstract presenter registration deadline to June 15, at which point much more will be known about the containment for the coronavirus disease.

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If you are a TTS Member, we have setup an account for you in the system. You can retrieve your login credentials in the TTS Members area of tts.org.

JOINT TTS-IPTA WEBINAR TODAY!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 - 12:00 PM EDT (MONTREAL TIME)

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TITLE: SOCIAL MEDIA USE IN PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANTATION
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 - 12:00 PM EDT (MONTREAL TIME)

TTS Education Committee and the International Society of Pediatric Transplantation (IPTA) Allied Health Professional Committee (AHPC) have joined together to host a webinar. The Allied Health Professional Committee (AHPC) aligns its mission with that of IPTA to advance the science and practice of pediatric transplantation and to improve the health of all children who require transplantation through the various subspecialties of this group, including nursing, nutrition, psycho-social health, developmental, physical and occupational therapies and pharmaceutical management. Under the auspices of IPTA, the AHPC is dedicated to promoting advances in these inter-professional specialties to improve outcomes for all children who receive transplants and their families and to advocate for their rights as transplant candidates and recipients.

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Objectives:

  1. Dr. Madigan will review the screen use guidelines. It will also provide attendees the opportunity to consider the potential benefits and consequences of digital media in the lives of children;
  2. Dr. Henderson will introduce the transplant issues, incorporating applications in transplantation and donation as well.

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TRANSPLANTATION DIRECT - HIGHLIGHTED ARTICLE

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Dr. Peri Husen, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation

Incidence and Outcomes of Significant Weight Changes After Pancreas Transplant Alone

Swanson KJ, Joachim E, Arunachalam A, et al.
Transplantation Direct: March 2020 - Volume 6 - Issue 3 - p e539

With weight gain being an emerging problem in the transplant population, Swanson and coworkers assessed the incidence of significant weight changes after successful pancreas transplantation and the effect on graft survival. The study was conducted as a single-center cohort study among pancreas transplant recipients transplanted between January 2005 and July 2017. Surprisingly, the authors found, that neither significant weight gain or weight loss was associated with graft failure. Dividing the cohort into tertile categories (the first tertile included weight change between −19% and −3.89%; second tertile with −3.54% to +4.35%; and third tertile of 4.42% and 23.48%) also showed no significant differences in graft failure among the groups. Multicenter studies, as well as randomized study designs are needed to further assess correlations between weight and weight changes in transplant recipients.

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TRANSPLANTATION - WEEK'S MOST DOWNLOADED PAPER

IN THE NEWS

ORGAN TRANSPLANT: 'ESSENTIAL' SURGERY IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC

March 26 - Recent guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recommended limiting all nonessential planned surgeries and procedures until further notice. Centers describe the tough choices, strategies, and outcomes they're seeing.

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CELLS GROWN IN ARTIFICIAL ORGANS MAY BE MOST VIABLE FOR LUNG DISEASE RESEARCH

March 26 - Growing cells in artificial tracheas or lungs is a better approach to model native organs than cells cultured in spheroids or in a plastic filter, according to a study, suggesting that these platforms may be more suitable to study cell-based therapies for lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

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MACHINE 'COULD QUADRUPLE' HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANTS

March 23 - The number of heart and lung transplants could quadruple thanks to a "reanimation" machine used in a pioneering operation, a hospital says. The device, developed at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, managed to pump oxygenated blood into both organs in a world-first procedure.

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MITOCHONDRIAL TRANSPLANTATION GIVES CELLS A SHORT-TERM BOOST OF ENERGY

March 24 - Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) say they have shown that they can give cells a short-term boost of energy through mitochondrial transplantation. According to the team, its study “Bioenergetics Consequences of Mitochondrial Transplantation in Cardiomyocytes,”published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that mitochondrial transplantation could one day be employed to cure various cardiovascular, metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders—and even offer a new approach to the treatment of cancer.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

3rd IPITA/JDRF/HSCI Conference on Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells

NEW DATES: November 2-3, 2020

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