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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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TRANSPLANTATION - WEEK'S MOST DOWNLOADED PAPER

TTS EDUCATION COMMITTEE: JOINT TTS-IPTA WEBINAR SERIES ON PEDIATRIC TRANSPLANTATION

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

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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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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 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.

YOUNG MEMBERS' SCIENTIFIC AWARDS

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In order to help young members offset expenses to attend our Congress in Seoul, TTS 2020 will be offering Young Investigator Awards and International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Awards. Award recipients will be selected on scientific merits.

Young Investigator Awards

To be eligible for the Young Investigator Awards, you need to apply by March 23, 2020, submit an abstract to the Congress, be a trainee (within 2 years of completion of their training and/or fellowship) and be a member of TTS.

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International Transplantation Science Mentee-Mentor Awards

TTS in collaboration with National and International Societies acknowledges the contribution of basic science to the field of transplantation by offering Mentee-Mentor awards.

To be eligible, you need to apply by March 23, 2020, submit an abstract to the Congress, be a graduate student or trainee (within 5 years of receiving PhD, MD), both Mentee and Mentor must attend TTS 2020 and be member of both TTS and confirmed supporting Societies.

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JUST RELEASED - TRANSPLANTATION DIRECT - MARCH ISSUE

The March issue of Transplantation Direct now available. This issue covers a wide-variety of topics, including both clinical and experimental studies.  In kidney transplantation, we publish a prospective analysis of recipient cognitive outcomes after transplantation, effects of complement pathway genetics on DSA development, and use of robotic-assisted transplantation in athletes. In lung transplantation, the effects of immune cells in perfusates during ex vivo organ perfusion are explored, and a clinical trial protocol is detailed regarding the use of telephone-delivered coping skills and aerobic exercise to improve psychological outcomes following transplantation. The impact of weight changes on outcomes after pancreas transplantation is evaluated and in islet transplantation, the effects of dual TNF and IL-1 blockade on engraftment are tested in a pilot study. Another study examines how chronic kidney disease relates to predicting bone mineral density loss or osteoporosis after heart transplantation. We also have interesting articles on ethics and organ donation. The Fiqh Council of North America provides guidance to assist Muslims in making informed choices regarding organ donation and transplantation. Australian and New Zealand researchers use "data linkage" methods to explore the question of donor survival. This March issue is available for viewing now – please visit our website for complete details.

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TRANSPLANTATION DIRECT - HIGHLIGHTED ARTICLE

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Dr. Peri Husen, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation

Whole Body CT Imaging in Deceased Donor Screening for Malignancies

Mensink JW, Pol RA, Nijboer WN, et al.
Transplantation Direct: December 2019 - Volume 5 - Issue 12 - p e509. doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000000953

Increasing donor age can consequently be paralleled by an increase in malignancies found accidentally in older donors. In this retrospective analysis, Mensink et al. analyze the efficacy of CT-imaging prior to organ procurement. Chest and abdominal CT scans were performed in 17 and 18% of 1644 potential donors, respectively. Overall, performing perioperative imaging resulted in a relative risk reduction of 30% for perioperative detection of malignancies. The authors conclude, that implementing CT-scans in the standard donor screening protocol could prevent about 7 unnecessary procurements within 5 years in the Netherlands. Another potential benefit of imaging could be the detection of anatomic variants, organ size and quality prior to procurement. While this study focuses on retrospective data, prospective studies with possibly randomization would be helpful in determining exact benefits of extensive CT imaging prior to organ procurement, its efficacy, as well as its benefits in terms of recipient safety and health-economic implications.

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World Kidney Day

MARCH 12, 2020

IN THE NEWS

PET IMAGING OFFERS NEW INSIGHTS INTO POST-TRANSPLANT CARE FOR HEART PATIENTS

March 5 - Myocardial blood flow (MBF) and myocardial flow reserve (MFR) have been identified as accurate indicators for graft failure after cardiac transplantation, according to a new study published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Utilizing positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging to quantify MBF and MRF, researchers were able to successfully detect patients with cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), the most serious condition facing transplant patients late after their surgery. In addition, researchers found that MFR had a significantly higher accuracy when predicting the overall prognosis for cardiac transplant patients.

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STUDY REVEALS IMPROVING SURVIVAL RATES AFTER LIVER TRANSPLANTATION IN THE UK

March 4 - In the past two decades, death rates after liver transplantation have dropped by more than half in the UK, according to a recent analysis of almost 10,000 liver transplant recipients published in BJS (British Journal of Surgery).

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DURATION OF REMISSION PREDICTIVE OF SECOND HSCT IN PEDIATRIC LEUKEMIA, MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROME

March 5 - Duration of remission prior to post-transplant relapse, as well as survival after relapse, appeared to be strong independent predictors of whether pediatric patients with high-risk leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome can receive a second allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant, according to results of a retrospective study presented at TCT | Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings.

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RELAPSE PREVENTION IN ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA FOLLOWING ALLOGENEIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION

March 4 - Although many patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can be cured with stem cell transplantation (SCT), approximately 30% to 40% will experience relapse of their cancer after the transplantation. Relapsed AML is much more difficult to treat and cure, particularly if relapse occurs within the first 6 months after transplantation, and post-transplant relapse is a leading cause of death in this patient population. Prevention of relapse is critical for improving outcomes in AML.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

DECEASED ORGAN DONATION AND RELIGION SYMPOSIUM - MARCH 12-13, 2020 - ANKARA, TURKEY

Registration is free for Students and Members of TTS, TOND, TDTD, MESOT, ISODP or ITF (Non-Members rate - $200 USD).

Hotel rates start at $35 USD per night for single accommodation at the Symposium Hotel.

18th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN)

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE - MARCH 31, 2020

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