Transplantation & Immunology

Inside the UCLA voucher program that is overcoming chronological incompatibility and saving lives

The UCLA Kidney Transplant Program started a voucher program in 2014 which has already proven its utility and saved 25 lives. “The program works like this: The voucher donor gives a kidney to a stranger on dialysis. Often that recipient had a friend or family member who had wanted to be a donor but couldn’t due to incompatibility.

ASN Foundation for Kidney Research Grants opened October 11

The ASN Foundation for Kidney Research (ASN Foundation) has now opened applications for its Career Development Grants, Clinician Educator Grant, and Research Fellowship program. The ASN Foundation funds clinical and basic research and provides grant support to ASN members at various points in their careers.

The Undifferentiated Medical Student: 2 recent podcasts on Nephrology

The Undifferentiated Medical Student is a podcast started in November 2016 with the goal of “doing interviews with one physician from each of the 120+ specialties and subspecialties listed on the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website” in order to empower medical school students to think about choosing their specialty and planning their careers.

 

Dr. Meera Harhay – Transplant Nephrology

NKF releases results from patient-led survey on kidney disease research priorities

Yesterday, September 28, 2017, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) published findings from a “year-long outreach and engagement with patients and caregivers to identify patient-led kidney disease research priorities”. The findings “include the research topics that matter most to patients and family members affected by kidney disease; barriers that prevent patients from being active participants in kidney disease research or part of the research team; and what potential solutions may exist”.

KHI project fosters patient input into recently approved home hemo-dialysis device

During an August 2015 public workshop hosted by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a public-private partnership between the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), patients were asked for their thoughts on how best to contribute to future medical device development.  “Patient representatives argued that the care partner requirement effectively ruled out home treatment for those patients who lived alone or who could not afford to hire a care partner".1

Comments and advice on how to read a journal’s rejection letter

Stephen Heard, an evolutionary ecologist and entomologist at the University of New Brunswick and previously faculty at the University of Iowa, recently published a short blog detailing how best to read and react to a rejection letter after submitting your work to a journal.

Click here if you’d like to read the full blog.

New cloud-based imaging platform saves time in the kidney transplant process

“The new platform, operated by Ambra Health, uses the cloud to make all imaging such as X-rays, CT, MRI, etc. available to all 80 transplant centers across the country in real-time".

JAMA: "Risk factors for Melanoma in renal transplant recipients"

An original investigation published online by JAMA Dermatology on July 26, 2017 found that "renal transplant recipients had greater risk of developing melanoma compared with their non-renal transplant counterparts. Risk factors for developing melanoma included older, age, male sex, recipient white race, living donors, sirolimus therapy, and cyclosporine therapy".

Of 105,174 patients (64,151 or 60.7% male, mean age 49.5, standard deviation 15.3 years) "who received kidney transplants between 2004 and 2012, 488 or 0.4% had a record of melanoma after transplantation".

Collaborating for Positive Change: ASN, ERA-EDTA and ISN Celebrate One-Year Anniversary

Challenges associated with kidney care are complex. June 1, 2017 marks the one-year anniversary of the Declaration of Collaboration between ASN, ERA-EDTA and ISN, a formal acknowledgement of their ongoing efforts to improve the lives of millions of patients and the professionals who will advance treatment, research, education and policy.

Congress Passes Omnibus Bill, Heads to White House - Approves $2 billion to NIH

On Wednesday, May 3rd, the House passed a bipartisan $1 trillion omnibus spending bill by a vote of 309-118, and the Senate passed the bill 79-18 on Thursday, May 4th.  The spending package avoided a government shutdown and funds the government at updated levels through the end of September.  

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