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

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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

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

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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

Unsaid of the undead: A panel discussion exploring zombi(e)-transplant connections

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It started with a throwaway line in The Walking Dead. But for the TransplantInformers team, things blew up from there. Not only did Steven Yeun’s retweet (Big ups Mr. Yeun!) bring a slew of readers our way, it showed us that there is an audience rabid to explore the connections between zombies and transplantation. Zombies … Continue reading

News Roundup #12: Living donor safety, Portland piñata, transplant tobacco test, Donate Life Month

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We’ve reached a dozen news roundups! Living donors need protection This report from CNN actually fairly evenhandedly reports about a recent living organ donor death. The articles sidebar actually shows positive success rates for transplantation, and points out that death from living organ donation is an exception, not a rule. However, it also points out … Continue reading

TransplantInformers Book Club: Medicine In Translation

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Well, half the work is done for me in our latest literary treat. Medicine In Translation: Journeys with my Patients is a fantastic memoir from Dr. Danielle Ofri, a physician at Bellevue Hospital in New York. And it already has a book club guide. I became interested in Dr. Ofri’s work after reading her recent … Continue reading

News Roundup #4: Disability and transplant outcomes, the military and bone marrow drives, tracheal transplant triumph

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Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at UPenn weighs in on the controversial case of a girl with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome  and transplant outcomes in relation to disability in an MSNBC article. While the issue is indeed a very emotional one, Caplan’s response is more measured.  He goes beyond the specific case and places … Continue reading

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