2021 Workgroup for Transplantation-focused Advancement Learning Series Announced by The Alliance

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Collaborative Team of 10 Transplant Professionals to Create Online Learning Program for All in the Donation and Transplantation Community to Benefit

As the coming year introduces new challenges, a collaborative team of 10 transplant professionals from across the nation have been identified to launch the 2021 instructional year. The workgroup has identified critical topics impacting the donation and transplantation community and appointed leading national experts to share critical insight throughout the coming year Continue Reading →

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The Alliance Announces 2021 Donation-focused Advancement Learning Series Workgroup

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The Webinar-based Advancement Learning Series, focused on organ donation, will help equip the modern profession of lifesavers.

The Alliance is launching the 2021 instructional year with a new collaborative team dedicated to developing donation-focused learning opportunities. Collaboratively, the group has identified critical topics impacting the donation and transplantation community and appointed leading national experts to share critical insight throughout the coming year.

The Alliance Advancement Learning Series, previously referred to ...

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The Alliance appoints Karri Hobson-Pape as new Executive Director

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ATLANTA, Ga. ­– The Board of Directors of The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (commonly known as The Alliance) is pleased to announce the appointment of Karri Hobson-Pape to the role of Executive Director, effective July 6, 2020. Hobson-Pape brings a wealth of cross-industry experience in executive leadership, education and business development to the position.

“Karri is a seasoned strategic executive with a strong track record in building unique brands that produce results,” says Paul Myoung, Chair of the ...

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Special Edition Town Hall: Creating Stability Amid Crisis

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Our presenters have recapped their discussion for you here:

Tips:

  1. Remember the importance of focusing on what you can control: YOURSELF (see C.A.L.M. acronym below for details on how to do that). Focusing on your own locust/sphere of control helps to keep you physiologically and emotionally healthy.
  2. There are no emotional events. Your thoughts about an event dictate your ...
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COVID-19 Resources for the Donation and Transplantation Community

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Please note: These resources have been shared by the planning committee of the COVID-19 Organ Donation and Transplant Town Hall. Resources are reported and updated as information changes. These resources are current as of 4/13/2020.

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NYU Langone Performs First U.S. Heart Transplant Using Novel Organ Revitalization Technique

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From PRNewswire – The NYU Langone Transplant Institute on Monday became the first center in the United States to transplant a heart using a novel method in which, after the heart has stopped beating and death has been declared, surgeons place the organ donor on cardiopulmonary bypass and blood is circulated through the body.

This enables transplant surgeons to assess a heart for transplant while mitigating potential injury to all organs. It also holds the promise of significantly increasing ...

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Doctors at Duke University Hospital Perform First DCD Heart Transplant

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From DukeHealth: A heart transplant team at Duke University Hospital became the first in the U.S. to transplant an adult heart into a recipient through a process known as Donation after Circulatory Death, or DCD.

Duke is one of five centers in the United States that has been approved to perform DCD heart transplants as part of a recently launched clinical trial of a device to circulate warm, oxygenated blood through organs.

Traditionally, heart donations have depended on a declaration of brain ...

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Yale Pursues Innovative Research, Potential Solutions to the Organ Transplant Problem

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From Yale Medicine: With around 113,000 people waiting for an organ transplant, every donated organ is a potentially lifesaving gift.

“The disparity between the number of people waiting for an organ and the number of organs available is significant,” says transplant surgeon Dani Haakinson, MD.

Despite the great need, some donated organs are considered unsuitable for transplantation. “Compared to 20 years ago, deceased organs now come from donors who are older, who have more comorbidities or other diseases,” says  Continue Reading →

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Donate Life America and the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation Announce Groundbreaking National, Universal Living Donor Kidney Registry

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PRNewswire: Donate Life America and the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation announced a unique partnership this week, launching a groundbreaking national, universal living donor kidney registry and at-home testing kit to improve access to living donation for the 95,000 people on the national transplant wait list currently waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

The Foundation, a separately operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit of Fresenius Medical Care North ...

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Tears part of the job for organ recovery specialist, but donations ‘something beautiful’

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From Chicago Sun-Times: Just because she cries at work doesn’t mean that Cara Moulesong is unhappy with her job.

As an organ recovery coordinator for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network, she regularly faces the emotionally fraught task of guiding families through the process of letting go of loved ones — and allowing their vital organs and tissues to be donated to people waiting for transplants.

Tears come with the territory.

“You’re dealing with death, and there’s no sugarcoating that it can ...

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