ITA President’s Message

Fellow ITA Members,

It is my pleasure to introduce the first ITA Newsletter. As many of you know, this was conceptualized several years ago. I am proud to inform you all that, thanks to the hard work of our ITA Council and the Education and Regulation Committee, this concept has now become a reality. Our goal with this Newsletter is to periodically keep the membership informed of ongoing projects within the Association and Council, as well as provide updates on information important to our community.

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ISBTS 2015 Update

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee and the Council of the ITA we wish to invite you to the XIV INTERNATIONAL SMALL BOWEL TRANSPLANT SYMPOSIUM – (ISBTS 2015) that will be held on June 10-13, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Intestinal Transplant Registry Update

The next Intestinal Transplant Registry Summary will be presented at the 14th ISBTS Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June 2015. The ITA would like to encourage every center to submit their data to Max Marquez, ITR Manager by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31st, 2015.

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Allied Health Professional Outstanding Achievement Award

The Allied Health Professionals Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2015 Allied Health Professional Outstanding Achievement Award. As the field of intestinal rehabilitation and transplantation continues to develop, the ITA would like to recognize outstanding Allied Health members who contribute to the success of our clinical care and our patients.

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Changes in the Adult Liver-Intestine Allocation Policy

The new OPTN policy for allocation of combined liver-intestine candidates was implemented on June 18th 2013. Based on the new rules all the candidates listed for liver-intestine may be offered nationally after local liver candidates with a MELD/PELD scores of 29 or higher (table 1). The real impact of these changes is not clear yet, but we expect to have some preliminary data soon. Continuous improvements in the allocation system for combined liver-intestine are fundamental to achieve better results and to decrease mortality on the waiting list. The main challenge for UNOS, intestinal transplant centers and for the Intestinal Transplant Association remains to provide excellent organs in a reasonable time without unduly compromising access to organs for liver only candidates.

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