Tribune Pulse - January 25, 2018 - Volume II - Issue 04
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.
The invitation is open to TTS and non-TTS members who are studying/training in any transplant related discipline (students, interns, residents, fellows or post-doctoral fellows). The submitters of the top three ranked cases will be invited to present these cases in a clinical crowdsourcing session at the post-graduate course (PGC) that will precede the TTS 2018 Congress. The winners will receive a complementary registration to the PGC and a Young Investigator Award of US $1000. Description of the case should not exceed 300 words.
Educational Library Latest Postings
Trends and challenges in liver transplantation:
Antibody Mediated Rejection in Liver Transplantation Part I - Role of DSA's and Treatment Options.
Discussants: Laura J. Wozniak, Jacqueline O'Leary; Moderator Udeme D Ekong
Quality Assessment of Kidneys for Transplantation – Truth or Dare
Speaker: Professor Sandy Feng; Moderator: Eduardo Rocha
Member Poll on 2022 Congress Venue
TTS is seeking your opinion on your preferred location for the 29th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in 2022 to help the Congress Selection Committee decide between the three potential locations: Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Montreal. The final selection will be based on several factors, one of which is members' preference.
TTS 2018 is now considering abstracts in the late-breaker and poster categories until FEBRUARY 15.
It is anticipated that the compilation of late breaker abstracts is made possible by studies completed after the initial November 15, 2017 abstract submission deadline. They are intended to represent the very latest development in transplantation science. These abstracts will be reviewed in a very finite period by a special review board, and accepted with the same stringent criteria as the Nov 2017 abstract submissions. The review criteria will be at par with the original call for abstracts in Nov 2017, but for late-breaking abstracts there will be a stronger focus on the criteria of "very latest development in the field of transplantation".
FEATURED ARTICLE - Transplantation
Submitted by Dr Karen Keung, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation.
Hospitalization Among Individuals Waitlisted For Kidney Transplant.
Newman KL, Lynch RJ, Adams AB, Zhang R, Pastan SO, Patzer RE.
Transplantation. 2017 ;101(12):2913-2923.
Hospitalization whilst waitlisted for kidney transplantation is associated with a reduced likelihood of transplantation and worse posttransplant outcomes. Few studies however, have scrutinized demographic, medical and geographical factors or the causes of hospitalization whilst waitlisted.
In this observational study, the authors mined United States Renal Data System (USRDS) Medicare-linked data of 53810 adult patients waitlisted between 2005-2013; multi-level, multivariable ordinal logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios. Factors identified to be associated with increased hospitalization rates included older age, tobacco use, time on dialysis before waitlisting, insurance coverage when end-stage renal disease had been diagnosed, living in a health service area with more than the median number of acute care hospital beds per 1000 residents, and urban residence. Detailed causes of hospitalization were also described, with 'other complications due to renal dialysis device, implant, and graft' identified as the most common ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases, ninth revision) diagnosis.
In summary, the authors identified both modifiable and nonmodifiable factors associated with hospitalization, however further studies are required to determine whether targeting modifiable factors translates to a reduction in hospitalization for waitlisted individuals.
Last Chance! Deadline Reminders
TTS Officer / Council Nominations - January 31, 2018
TTS is seeking nominations for three Officer positions that will be vacated in 2018: President-Elect, Vice President and Treasurer. In addition, five of the 12 Councilors-at-large will be changing.
Medawar Prize Nominations - January 31, 2018
The Medawar Prize, named after Society co-founder Sir Peter Medawar, is recognized as the world's highest dedicated award for the most outstanding contributions in the field of transplantation.
Recognition Award Nominations - January 31, 2018
The Transplantation Society bestows Honours and Awards to recognize individuals contributing to the field of transplantation through outstanding achievement (for basic scientists, clinicians and in developing countries), and mentorship and training. All members of TTS in good standing are eligible to make nominations and to be nominated for these Awards.
Women in Transplantation Awards - January 31, 2018
The Women in Transplantation (WIT) Steering Committee have created the Woman Leader in Transplantation Award to recognize a woman who has helped further the field of transplantation through research, policies, leadership, initiatives or other regarded contributions. Also created by the WIT Steering Committee, the Unsung Hero Award will be presented to one woman who has had an extraordinary impact in transplantation through community service, volunteering, mentorship or other community based activity.
Transplantation Science Awards - Deadline May 31, 2018
The Transplantation Science Committee together with The Transplantation Society and Transplantation are pleased to announce the best manuscripts published by the journal in 2017. Named after two pioneering giants, a selection committee that included editors of Transplantation, The Transplantation Society, in addition to members and chairs of the Transplantation Science Committee will select two winners amongst a very competitive group of publications.
IN THE NEWS
First monkey clones created in Chinese laboratory
January 24 - Two monkeys have been cloned using the technique that produced Dolly the sheep.
Switzerland - Presumed Consent - Organ donation: direct democracy and the law
January 19 - Every adult who dies should automatically become an organ donor: that’s the idea behind a Swiss people’s initiative. However, two doctors who have increased the number of donations in canton Ticino describe the scheme as a dangerous shortcut.
France Gets Ready to Test CAR-Treg Cells to Avoid Transplant Rejection
January 18 - French biotech TxCell is finalizing the preparations to take its first cell therapy to clinical trials.
Robotic Kidney Transplantation Safe, Feasible
January 16 - Robot-assisted kidney transplantation (RAKT) is associated with low complication rates, rapid recovery, and excellent graft function when performed by surgeons with robotic and kidney transplantation experience, according to a European study.
Surgeons in France Just Performed the First-Ever Double Face Transplant
January 21 - Twelve years ago in France, a team of surgeons successfully completed the first-ever face transplant procedure. Since then, fewer than 40 face transplants have occurred around the world. When one patient’s body rejected his transplant two months ago, surgeons decided to attempt a second face transplant.
Transplant device may cut chemotherapy side effects
January 22 - A chinese liver transplantation physician has suggested a new device meant to increase the success rate of such procedures could also be used to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients.
Kidney transplant using 3D printing marks a medical first in Belfast
January 22 - A 3D printed replica kidney, from UK-based 3D printed medical model company axial3D, has facilitated a crucial transplant operation and simultaneously improved the life of the organ donor.
Should California Voters OK $5 Billion More for Stem Cell Research?
January 16 - Stem cell research proponents — including the same advocacy group that backed Proposition 71 — want to ask voters in the November 2020 election for $5 billion in bond money to continue the work of CIRM.
Printing Human Body Parts: Bio-Ink Drops Showing Promise for Regenerative Medicine
January 18 - Printing of human body parts may seem like it’s science fiction to some individuals, but it is rapidly becoming a technology of science reality.