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THE IMPORTANCE OF ROLE MODELS IN TRANSPLANTATION

By Arzu Oezcelik, MD

The field of transplantation is challenging and highly specialized. However, sometimes it can be very frustrating for young trainees. The training is mentally and physically very hard and stressful, and role models are therefore very important for young trainees in the field. Role models range from the the founders of today's transplant surgery to inspiring senior colleagues. Their professional life was and is an inspiration for young professionals and their success can give new energy in difficult times. However, the accessibility to these "giants of the field" as role models for new generations is decreasing. The international societies can take over the function of these role models, often providing some of the mentorship and training for the younger generations. These societies help create international connections, create opportunities to meet important personalities in your field, and facilitate the development of new ideas. Participation in international projects to achieve improvements in the field of transplantation can renew energy and enthusiasm. All these factors are the basis for a successful career, especially in less developed countries. The Young Member group of TTS is designed for transplant professionals at the beginning of their career, creating a possibility to be part of an active group from all over the world with the goal of improving the education and training of young transplant professionals. Over the following months, representatives from the TTS Young Members Committee will be highlighting their role models in the field in each issue of Pulse. 

TTS 2018 Youg Member Activities

TTS has invested in our young attendess at TTS 2018 with a wide variety of activities and opportunities.

Post-Graduate Courses, Lunch & Learn Session, Orientation Session, Poster Tours, Networking Events, Attendance Justification Tool Kit, Volunteer Opportunities, Young Investigator Awards

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Is volunteering for a future TTS initiative or committee project of interest to you?

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Transplantation - Featured Article

Submitted by r Joel Thomas Adler, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation.

Quality metrics in solid organ transplantation: a systematic review. [published online March 8, 2018].  Brett KE, Ritchie LJ, Ertel E, Bennett A, Knoll GA.
Transplantation. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000002149.

Measuring the quality of healthcare is challenging; transplantation represents its own unique set of challenges in accurately measuring quality in a way that is useful to transplant providers and meaningful to patients. Brett et al performed a systematic review of over 300 quality metrics with most focusing on safety and effectiveness, while few addressed other important quality domains such as equity and patient-centeredness. This study provides a roadmap for future quality metrics and directions in transplantation.

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Transplantation Nursing 101 @ TTS 2018

We would like to highlight our one-day symposium that is designed for nurses, transplant coordinators, and members of allied health groups to become familiar with and update their knowledge about the principles of organ transplantation. Topics include transplant immunology, different aspects and new developments on heart, lung, kidney, pancreas, liver, and intestinal transplantation, infectious disease, and comprehensive care of transplant patients.

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In Memoriam - Hans BAlner, TTS Past-President

With great sadness, I inform you that Prof. Hans Balner from the Netherlands died on April 29. Hans was president of The Transplantation Society from 1980 to 1982. He was director of the Primate Center in Rijswijk in the Netherlands and has done important research on the unraveling of histocompatibility antigens in primates. Hans worked with the recently deceased (2017) Prof. dr. Jon van Rood, also from the Netherlands. This fruitful collaboration has substantially contributed to improving the results of organ transplantation. Hans was 92 years old.

Sincerely,

Dr. Richard Marquet (Former colleague of Hans)

CALL TO ACTION - WIT and WHCOP are joining together in solidarity at ATC 2018!

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Current events and personal experiences remind us daily of how important it is to improve representation of women in transplant leadership and research, and promote gender equality in transplant careers and clinical care. Please join us to hear from AST President-Elect, Dr. Dianne McKay and panelist representatives from WIT and WHCOP on the topic of gender equity in transplantation. We hope that our combined memberships will benefit from the opportunity to network and learn more about what we can do to promote careers and improve patient care for women in transplantation. Refreshments and light fare will be served.

Event Theme:
Empowering Women in Transplant: Achieving Equality in Leadership, Career, Research and Patient Care

Feautured Speaker:
Dr. Dianne McKay, AST President-ElectMedical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Program, Professor, University of California San Diego

Tuesday, June 5 • 6:00–7:30pm
The Washington State Convention Center705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

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BBC documentary tonight shows life-saving work of heart transplant unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

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May 11 - Transplant: A Chance to Live will feature seven patients awaiting transplants and reveal a pioneering new technology.

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Xenotransplantation Research Center to transplant pig's cornea into man

May 15 - Researchers at the Xenotransplantation Research Center (XRC) are planning to transplant a pig's cornea into a person this December. If successful, it will mark the world's first pig-to-human cornea xenotransplantation completed in step with guidelines by the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA).

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In the News

Scientists successfully graft neural precursor cells into spinal cords of syngeneic pigs with no immunosuppression

May 10 - A major hurdle to using neural stem cells derived from genetically different donors to replace damaged or destroyed tissues, such as in a spinal cord injury, has been the persistent rejection of the introduced material (cells), necessitating the use of complex drugs and techniques to suppress the host's immune response.

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Researchers achieve new type 1 stem cell therapy breakthrough

May 9 - A scientific breakthrough which could improve the success of islet cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes has been developed by researchers from Cincinnati.

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Russian Scientists Reveal Prospects of Human Organs' Full Restoration

May 13 - Russian scientists, after successfully implanting and achieving full functionality of a frozen frog heart after 45 days of cryogenic preservation, have now fully restored a frozen rat heart after 24 hours of hypothermic storage.

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Dr. Shaf Keshavjee judges on Masterchef Canada

May 15 - Order of Canada Recipient and TTS Heart and Lung Committee member, Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, judges on Masterchef Canada.

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Kidney Transplant Ups Survival in GPA 'Dramatic' decreases in cardiovascular and all-cause death

May 15 - Patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) who develop end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and undergo a kidney transplant have a significantly reduced risk of death, a national study found.

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Multiple Myeloma: A Bold Study to Make Allografting Safer and More Efficient

May 11 - In a 10-patient cohort study led by Dr. Jean Roy (hematologist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Université de Montréal) that aims to understand how to mitigate the risks associated with the treatment of multiple myeloma, a malignant cancer, researchers have adopted an innovative approach based on the unique immunological properties of umbilical cord blood in an effort to improve the safety and efficiency of allografting, the preferred treatment for this disease.

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New! Transplantation - Vol. 102, No. 5, May 2018

Livers, kidneys and frail patients for lung transplantation provide some themes for your reading this month. A series of papers consider risk factors in liver transplantation. The ILTS consensus guideline for immunosuppression after liver transplantation provide important reading, and there is also news in xenotransplantation, kidney transplantation and management of PTLD and renal cell cancer.

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TTS EDUCATION COMMITTEE WEBINAR SERIES
"TRENDS AND CHALLENGES IN LIVER TRANSPLANTATION"

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TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 - 2:00 PM EDT (MONTREAL TIME)
KIDNEY PROBLEMS IN LIVER TRANSPLANTATION

sukru Moderator: Marcelo Cantarovich, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
Montréal, QC, Canada
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Discussant: Annmarie Huysman Liapakis, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Digestive Diseases), Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT, USA

  • Management of hepatorenal syndrome
  • Outcomes of hepatorenal syndrome, organ access
  • Indications for combined liver/kidney transplant
  • Learn how to optimize care of the cirrhotic patient to prevent hepatorenal syndrome
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Discussant: Clifford D. Miles, MD, MS, FAST
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE, USA

  • Review the etiologies of kidney injury in the setting of liver disease
  • Discuss pathophysiology of hepatorenal syndrome
  • Know how to establish the diagnosis of hepatorenal syndrome

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STATEMENT ON THE GLOBAL KIDNEY EXCHANGE CONCEPT

CoE Statement on GKE

The Council of Europe’s Committee on Organ Transplantation has rejected a US-backed organ-swapping plan as “human organ trafficking” over concerns that donors will be abused. According to the committee, organ-swapping, as proposed by the Global Kidney Exchange (GKE), goes against the fundamental rule of organ donation – that “the human body and its parts shall not give rise to financial gain or comparable advantage.”

Rafael Matesanz, founder of the National Transplant Organisation (ONT) of Spain and TTS 2018 Plenary speaker commented that "GKE can be considered a disguised form of commercialization, which can be included into the trend of the rich countries to seek the easiest formula to satisfy their demands for transplant organs at the expense of the citizens of poor countries."

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Don't miss Rafael Matesanz's plenary talk @ TTS 2018 on Challenges to improving deceased organ donation - past, present and future!


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CALL FOR HOSTING FOR THE 16TH MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ORGAN DONATION AND PROCUREMENT (2021)

The International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement aims to foster, promote and develop all aspects of organ and tissue donation and procurement. The ultimate aim is to increase the supply of high quality organs and tissue to match patients' need and to promote countries increasing performance towards self-sufficiency and improved opportunity for transplantation.

Every two years, the ISODP Congress brings together clinicians and scientists from all parts of the world in the fields of organ procurement and donation.

The most recent Congress was hosted in Geneva, Switzerland from September 5-9, 2017. The Congress welcomed 429 participants from 28 countries.

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2018 

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In the News

Study Explains How Newborn Mice Can Regrow Damaged Hearts

Newborn mice are able to repair damaged heart tissue better than animals injured just a few days later in their lives. What accounts for this regenerative capacity, and exactly when and why it disappears, have been unanswered questions. A report in Science Advances (May 2) posits that the extracellular matrix gets in the way of heart tissue renewal.

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NIH clinical trial to track outcomes of kidney transplantation from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients

The first large-scale clinical trial to study kidney transplantations between people with HIV has begun at clinical centers across the United States. The HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study will determine the safety of this practice by evaluating kidney recipients for potential transplant-related and HIV-related complications following surgery. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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American Society of Transplantation: PATIENTS Act would limit access to transplantation

The American Society of Transplantation opposes the Dialysis Patient Access to Integrated-care, Empowerment, Nephrologists and Treatment Services Demonstration Act, also known as the PATIENTS Demonstration Act, saying it would limit patient access to transplantation. The group joins dialysis provider Dialysis Clinic Inc., the American Association of Kidney Patients and the Kidney Care Alliance, which note the act would limit patient choice and favors the country's two largest for-profit dialysis organizations.

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Transplanted Human Islets Grow Blood Vessels and Secrete Insulin to Treat Diabetic Mice

Researchers in Japan and the U.S. have developed a laboratory technique for generating vascularized pancreatic islet tissue that when transplanted into diabetic mice grows a system of mature blood vessels and secretes insulin to control the animals' blood sugar.

The team, led by Hideki Taniguchi, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues at the Yokahama City University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, developed a tissue engineering method, known as self-condensation cell culture, which can generate endothelialized 3D tissue oganoids from multiple types of cells and diverse tissue fragments derived from a variety of organs. They say results from in vivo studies in which bioengineered human and mouse islets were transplanted into diabetic mice indicate that the technology could be used to create vascularized, functional islet tissue transplants for treating type 1 diabetes in humans.

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Survey study for transplant surgeons

Dr. Nancy Ascher and Dr. Chris Freise from the University of California, San Francisco, invite you to participate in a short survey study (5 minutes) on kidney transplantation in women with breast cancer. A diagnosis of breast cancer in a patient awaiting kidney transplantation might affect candidacy for receiving a transplant. Understanding how transplant surgeons make decisions in these situations could improve management recommendations and inform future trials. All participants will have the option of receiving the survey results. We appreciate your time!

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Liver Cells Switch Identities to Grow New Tissue

May 2 - By studying a rare liver disease called Alagille syndrome, scientists from UC San Francisco and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have discovered the mechanism behind an unusual form of tissue regeneration that may someday reduce the need for expensive and difficult-to-obtain organ transplants.

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Lung Transplants in Scleroderma Patients As Safe, Effective As in Other Lung Disease Patients, Study Shows

May 3 - Patients with scleroderma who undergo lung transplants have similar survival rates to patients who get lung transplants due to other diseases, according to a new study.

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A transplant of CRISPR-edited liver cells could replace lifelong injections for hemophilia B patients

May 3 - A Salk Institute team transplanted liver cells into mouse models of hemophilia B, finding that the treatment restored their ability to form blood clots for a year. The hope is that this one-and-done treatment could replace the frequent injections of clotting factors that are currently used to treat the inherited blood disorder.

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Almost 100,000 Canadians registered to donate organs after Humboldt Broncos crash

May 8 - The crash killed 16 team members and staff, including 21-year-old Logan Boulet of Lethbridge, who signed his organ donor card just weeks earlier and wound up saving six lives. The “Logan Boulet effect” has snowballed across the country, too. Nearly 100,000 Canadians have signed up to become organ donors since the April 6 crash.

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