Tribune Pulse - February 22, 2018 - Volume II - Issue 08

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The 2018 results of the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program are out !

This year, a total of 13 center pairs were supported by the partnership between The Transplantation Society (TTS) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) in their efforts to develop transplantation medicine in regions like Nepal, Myanmar, India, Guatemala, Palestine, Philippines, Colombia and Armenia.

We welcome and congratulate our new freshman applicants Tanzania-UK and Vietnam-Australia to the program. The ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program is proud to help create successful and sustained collaborations between centers that continue for many years. The Malaysia-Australia and the India-Italy sister centers cooperation are good examples of lasting commitments to bring transplantation services to regions in need of professional support. To find out more about the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program, Click here.

At the end of 2018, two centers will have successfully completed the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program and will graduate after six years. The Guatemala-US and Palestine-UK sister pairs have demonstrated that continuous joined efforts result in fantastic examples of what can be achieved through professional and human collaborations across the globe. Congratulations to our two level A graduates.

At the upcoming TTS meeting in Madrid a show case of the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program will be available at the TTS boot. Delegates can visit the interactive presentations of the ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program and some of the participating sister centers will share their experience on site. 

Trainee Tracks Webinar - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11 AM EST (Montreal Time)



Topic: Making CME Matter: Innovative Solutions to Maximize the Impact of Medical Education

Speaker: Alexander S. Niven
Internal Medicine Program Director, Director of Medical Education and Research, and Designated Institutional Official at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, USA

The goal of continuing medical education (CME) is to speed dissemination and adoption of best practices by physicians and their healthcare teams. Increasing focus on healthcare team performance and growing demands on their time and resources underlines the importance of efficient, effective CME opportunities. This webinar will discuss innovative CME solutions using current education design and active learning strategies, with practical examples using the collaborative experience of volunteer members and staff from the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

TTS-IRTA WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018 - 12 Noon EST (Montreal Time)




Speaker: Matthew Everly, PharmD, BCPS, FAST, Director, Terasaki Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Moderator: Robert Venick, MD
, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery; Medical Director, Intestinal Transplantation David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA USA


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.

CLICK HERE to submit your case!

In the News

Refurbished Organs Could Save Millions on the Transplant List
February 20 - A Harvard lab can strip animal organs of their cells and refurbish them with human stem cells. These organs function when transplanted, meaning they could one day be a healthy replacement for patients waiting on the transplant list.


With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear
February 20 - Some 31 Venezuelans have seen their bodies start to reject their transplanted organs in the last month due to lack of medicine, according to umbrella health group Codevida, a non-governmental organization.

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Scientists Grow Sheep Embryos With Human Cells To Revolutionize Organ Transplant
February 18 - Researchers have successfully grown sheep embryos that contain human cells, a breakthrough that may someday save the lives of many patients who need an organ transplant.

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New Dutch organ donation law will apply to everyone officially registered in NL
February 14 - The Dutch senate on Tuesday narrowly voted in favour of a new law to change the Dutch organ donation system to a ‘yes unless’ register.

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Scientists produce human intestinal lining that re-creates living tissue inside organ-chip
February 16 - Investigators have demonstrated how cells of a human intestinal lining created outside an individual's body mirror living tissue when placed inside microengineered Intestine-Chips, opening the door to personalized testing of drug treatments.

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'A second chance in life': Organ transplants reach 10,000 Aussies
February 20 - The number of Australians receiving an organ transplant under a 2009 program to boost donations surpassed 10,000 last year.

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Gene therapy could hold key to improving Aids treatment and beating devastating virus
Febraury 13 - For more than a decade, the strongest Aids drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell's HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and researchers are trying to perfect the gene editing that made this possible.

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UPMC, Pitt to invest $200 million in immunotherapy research facility in Pittsburgh
February 13 - The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are teaming up in a $200 million venture to bolster immunotherapy research and potentially spur economic development throughout Western Pennsylvania.

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2nd Opinion Leaders Meeting on Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells | May 7-8, 2018 | Boston, MA, USA


Click here for more information and program details

Symposium in Organ Transplantation in Children

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Our Corporate Sponsors

TTS gratefully acknowledges the Corporate Partners whose generous support makes the work of the Society possible:

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