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Congratulations to Sunjae Bae, KMD MPH!

For presenting your thesis proposal, today on December 1st at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research

This week, ERGOT Faculty Dr. Tanjala Purnell-Idowu and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Dr. Lisa Angeline Cooper launched a new course in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research.” The course involved an amazing team of faculty members, including ERGOT Faculty Dr. Macey Henderson and several faculty members from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. Students (from all over the world) were very enthusiastic and actively engaged in the course and learned about novel methods, practical tools, and skills required to conduct health equity research and to translate evidence-based strategies into practice and policy.

We are proud to support Dr. Purnell and her ongoing work addressing health equity.

Hopkins Surgery Research Day

We were excited for the opportunity to present our work at the first ever Hopkins Surgery Research Day (May 24, 2017)! We brought 12 posters and gave 2 talks.

 Congrats to our Research Data Analyst Mary Grace Bowring for her award winning poster on Sex and Size Disparity in Liver Transplant!

 Core Faculty member and 2015 Rothman Early Career Development Award for Surgical Science award winner Dr. Tanjala Purnell gave an update on her ongoing research titled, “Patient Centered Research to Improve Equity in Access to Kidney Transplantation.”

Another highlight was our Halsted resident and PhD candidate Dr. Sandra DiBrito sharing her research in general surgery and transplantation, titled, “Outcomes Following General Surgery in Kidney Transplant Recipients.”

Thank you to the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery for facilitating a great day of sharing engaging surgical science!

Tanjala Purnell Selected for the OPTN/UNOS Minority Affairs Committee

Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH, was recently appointed to a 3-year term as the new Region 2 Representative to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) / United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Minority Affairs Committee. The OPTN/UNOS is a public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system to develop national organ transplantation policy. In this role, she will provide insights from her research findings to inform policy development, research and data analysis, and educational and informational projects to promote equity in access to transplantation in the United States. She will also communicate her committee’s activities to medical professionals, transplant recipients, and donor families in Region 2 (including MD, DE, NJ, PA, WV, and D.C.) and gather input to make certain that members of this region have an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions.​ Congratulations, Tanjala!​

Emory Transplant Center Joins HOPE in Action

Emory Transplant Center performs its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from HIV-positive deceased donor

In a time of greatest tragedy, this donor family made a powerful decision to save the lives people waiting on a transplant. That decision was generous and compassionate. Registered organ donors, and their families, are the people who make organ donation and transplantation possible. With the hard work of our colleagues at Emory and Lifelink, the HOPE Act will save hundreds–even thousands–of lives over the next decade through safe HIV-HIV kidney and liver transplantation.

We hope that other people living with HIV will be inspired by the compassion of this organ donor and donor family, and register their decision to save lives at registerme.org.

Christine Durand, MD

Patterns of End-Stage Renal Disease Caused by Diabetes, Hypertension, and Glomerulonephritis in Live Kidney Donors

Completing the trilogy of papers published in the December issue of the American Journal of Transplantation that was dedicated to living donors, our lab looks for Patterns of End-Stage Renal Disease Caused by Diabetes, Hypertension, and Glomerulonephritis in Live Kidney Donors.

We looked at studies averaging less than 10 years of follow-up to better understand postdonation ESRD.

Transplant Titan. Renaissance Man.

The Fall 2016 issue of Hopkins Medicine calls him the “Transplant Titan.” We just call him Dorry, and he’s leading a dynamic and life-saving campaign to make organs available to those who need them.

A Virtual Space for Children with Liver Disease and Their Families

ERGOT’s Douglas Mogul, MD MPH led a team to create the new Facebook application: Liver Space. Mogul wanted to create a community that connected pediatric liver disease patients and their families and provided them with useful information.

“It’s designed to strengthen online communities, serving as a bridge to health care providers and a portal for conducting research,” Mogul told Sarah Richards at Johns Hopkins.

Mogul is currently in talks about creating a similar site for patients with kidney disease.

First HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplant in the US

After six years of starting the campaign in Washington D.C. and after three years of passing the HOPE Act, Johns Hopkins performs the first HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplant in the US. ERGOT’s own Dr. Dorry Segev took part in front-running for the change in legislation that now allows the once illegal practice of donating and transplanting HIV-positive organs.

Photo credit to KRISTOPHER RADDER/U.S. Navy

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