Tribune Pulse - October 25, 2017 - Volume I - Issue 31
Call for Nominations
In accordance with the By-Laws of The Transplantation Society, this letter is to notify you of the impending elections of Officers and Councilors-at-large and to seek nominations to fill the positions being vacated at the 27th International Congress of The Transplantation Society in Madrid, Spain in July 2018. The Council and its Officers are important to TTS’ fulfillment of its strategy and mission. We are therefore seeking nominations of highly qualified and dedicated individuals to ensure the continued success of TTS.
All nominations must be received at the TTS International Headquarters in Montreal no later than January 31, 2018.
TTS OFFICERS AND COUNCILORS-AT-LARGE
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.
As the By-Laws of The Transplantation Society specify that “Each region shall be represented by at least one Councilor-at-large, but the number from any one region shall not exceed the proportion of members in good standing from that region in the Society”, the number of Councilors-at-large for each region from 2018 to 2020 will be as follows:
Asia: 2 | Europe: 2 | Latin America: 2 | Middle-East and Africa: 1 | North America: 3 | Oceania: 2
The number of current Councilors-at-large remaining to 2020 are:
Asia: 2 | Europe: 1 | Latin America: 1 | Middle-East and Africa: 0 | North America: 2 | Oceania: 1
Therefore, nominations are being sought for Councilors-at-large for the 2018–2022 term in the following regions:
Europe: 1 | Latin America: 1 | Middle-East and Africa: 1 | North America: 1 | Oceania: 1
TTS-ISODP WEBINAR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017
CHALLENGES OF ABDOMINAL ORGAN RETRIEVAL
CHALLENGES OF ABDOMINAL ORGAN RETRIEVAL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 - 10AM MONTREAL TIME / 3PM LEIDEN / 3PM FRANKFURT
|Speaker: Andrzej Grzegorz Baranski, MD. PhD, FEBS
Senior Consultant in Transplant Surgery Abdominal Organ Procurement, General and Gastrointerstinal Surgery, Fellow of European Board of Surgery in the field of Multi-organ Retrieval, Kidney, Pancreas and Liver transplantation, Member of Education Committee of ESOT, Chairman of the ESOT - EDSM&BCSL Courses Department of Surgery Leiden University Medical Centre
Leiden, The Netherlands
|Moderator: Prof. Dr. med. Günter Kirste, MD
Professor of surgery at the Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg
retired Director of the German Procurement Organisation DSO
The webinar will cover the following topics:
FEATURED ARTICLE - Transplantation
Submitted by Dr Joel Thomas Adler, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation.
Before or After Transplantation? A Review of the Cost Effectiveness of Treating Waitlisted Patients With Hepatitis C
Tapper EB, Afdhal NH, Curry MP.
Transplantation. 2017 ;101(5):933-937.
Direct acting antiviral therapies have dramatically changed the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. For patients awaiting a liver transplant, the timing of treatment can be important: treating HCV usually decreases the risk of death and transplantation; conversely, cured patients with decompensated cirrhosis may be “stuck” at a stable MELD with nonprogressive liver disease and an overall poor quality of life. Tapper et al review the current literature, focusing on cost-effectiveness analyses, regarding HCV therapy before or after liver transplant, and discuss what is needed to make patient-centered decisions in the future.
IN THE NEWS
Innovations in QEII pathology lab have worldwide impact
October 20 - Minutes and seconds equal precious moments in organ transplantation, so when Dr. Robert Liwski and his team found a way to trim the time it takes to confirm an organ match by 70 per cent, the world listened. Dubbed the Halifax Protocol, Dr. Liwski, pathologist and director of the Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) lab at the QEII Health Sciences Centre was motivated to innovate when he realized the original crossmatch protocol had last been updated in 1989.
Nurses share lessons learned about face transplant surgery
October 18 - Contributing to the evolution of NYU Langone Health’s (previously known as New York University Langone Medical Center) face transplant care protocol has been a remarkable journey for four nurses, who published a detailed article on nursing care at all stages of the procedure.
New ECMO recommendations for lung transplant candidates
October 16 - Recently, physicians at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center reviewed available data and research to provide a perspective on the use of ECMO on patients on the lung transplantation list. Their report appears in the Journal of Thoracic Disease.
USA - Is the Transplant Network Undercapturing Post-Transplant Skin Cancers?
October 17 - The Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) registry collects data on posttransplant malignancies in solid organ transplant recipients. Complete and accurate registry data on skin cancer is critical for research on epidemiology and interventions. MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Thuzar M.Shin MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
How A University of Hawaii Scientist Hopes To Improve Early Kidney Disease Detection
October 20 - A University of Hawaii Manoa researcher is developing ways to make earlier detection of kidney disease possible. Kevin Bennett, associate professor and associate chair of UH Manoa’s biology department, is focused on preclinical, technology-based research and developing new detection methods.
Increased use of split liver transplantation could decrease pediatric waitlist deaths
October 20 - A new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® -; held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases - found that increased utilization of split liver transplantation (sharing a donor liver between one pediatric and one adult patient) could decrease the number of children who die awaiting liver transplantation without decreasing liver transplantation access for adult patients.