AADP photo collage for blog

News Roundup #15: Conference buzz, cyborg organs, immunological breakthroughs

Conference Fabulous! Here at TransplantInformers we’re all about sharing ways to re-think donor outreach and education. One of the best ways to do this is attending a conference. Not only is this a congregation of people united by their common interests, which can be very motivating, but it can jolt you out of old routines. … Continue reading

Pieta in Brazil

Lost in transit: Central Station seeks a moral compass for bodies in motion

The film Central Station touches on the dark side of organ transplantation and emerges on the side of redemption. Though I occasionally suffer from transplantation issue fatigue, Walter Salles’ breakthrough 1998 feature reinvigorated me to more deeply consider the limits of lifesaving and the transmutability of bodies. In exploring those limits via this viewing experience … Continue reading

AADP photoframe with shades

Shades of Swag: More than meets the eye

Editor’s note: Whether it’s Tom Cruise in Risky Business, LeBron and the NBA even adopting geek chic, or half the Warby Parker catalog, there’s no doubt that the RayBan style wayfarer frames are a must-have item for any bright young thing. Taking a page out of the book of eternal cool is actually a stylish … Continue reading

Child organ diagram

Consider the child: Minor donation is a major issue

By Marion Siebelink University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. m.j.siebelink@umcg.nl Pediatric organ donation: The basics Children on the waiting list for transplantation die because of a shortage in size-matched organs. These organs and tissues generally come from other children. Organ donation in pediatrics is a very sensitive process. A deeper understanding … Continue reading

Talking Heads

From The Walking Dead to Talking Heads: Re-live our zombie-transplant discussion

It’s finally here!!!!! The zombie brain trust you’ve all been waiting for. Recently we had an online panel discussion, Unsaid of the Undead, an assemblage of top notch scholars discussing zombie-transplant connections. Many of you were dying to see it, and couldn’t for various reasons. Or you missed the boat the first time around. In … Continue reading

Pig Heart surgery

On the cutting edge: Pig hearts, pregnancy, and the frontiers of transplant immunology

We just participated in a wonderful little hour long live online chat at Science. Two experts were on hand to answer questions on the science of organ transplantation. The discussion centered a lot around xenotransplantation and immune responses to transplantation, as these were the main areas of research for the experts involved. While the answers … Continue reading

AADP Laugh for Lives 2012 photo booth

AADP FUNdraising

Editors Note: A couple of months ago, we shared  a series of retrospective posts chronicling the development of Laugh for Lives,  one of the Asian American Donor Program’s (AADP) top fundraisers  which also serves to increase awareness of the need for bone marrow donors.  Did you ever wonder how the whole thing was pulled off? … Continue reading

May Day Immigration March in Los Angeles

Docking the undocumented: (im)migrant transplants and treatment

Once again, the news dispenses a bevy of stories about undocumented immigrants facing bleak circumstances in their fight for transplantation and treatment. In a cross-post with Access Denied, I’ve discussed at length questions of equitable organ allocation and the added challenges undocumented immigrants like Jesus Navarro face in financing a transplant and post-operative treatment. That … Continue reading

Zanele and her mother

Cords that bind: Umbilical transplantation and transnationalism

Sarah Ping Nie Jones’s new film Umbilical Cords explores the fraught transnational relationships between six women–three mother-daughter pairs. They criss-cross all over the globe, but their stories all intersect in South Africa. The title alludes to the cord that biologically links us to our mothers, but also more broadly asks how we intertwine inextricably, how we … Continue reading

Ryan and his friends at first drive

Meet Ryan Manansala

We are pleased to introduce TransplantInformers readers to an outstanding focus patient: Ryan Manasala.  The purpose of patient bios is to provide our patients with a voice, an outlet to share their story. This is very important with bone marrow/stem cell donor recruitment – the general public responds to our mission if they can put … Continue reading


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