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Twenty-two studies relating to OPTN topics were presented at the 2021 American Transplant Congress, which is the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. The meeting was held virtually June 4-9.

NOTE: These studies were supported wholly or in part by Health Resources and Services Administration contract HHSH250-2019-00001C. However, the content of each study is the responsibility of the authors alone and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Below is a list of studies, with a link to the abstract of each. 

An Early Look at the OPTN Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program’s New Priority Points Policy
Authors: S. E. Booker, R. Leishman, D. E. Stewart, T. Sandholm, J. Dickerson, M. Pavlakis, V. Casingal
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Centers Avoided 67% of Kidney Offers by Participating in the OPTN’s Multifactorial Offer Filter Pilot Project
Authors: A. Toll, H. McGehee, D. Stewart, R. McTier
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Changes to Adult Heart Allocation Improve Candidate Stratification
Authors: K. Bradbrook, K. Lindblad, R. R. Goff, R. Daly, S. Hall
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Changes to Allocation of En Bloc Deceased Donor Kidneys to Low EPTS Patients
Authors: A. Robinson, M. Pavlakis, V. Casingal
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COVID-19 Potential Donor Derived Transmission Events Investigations: Early DTAC Experience
Authors: R. La Hoz, A. Agarwal, S. Aslam, K. Dunn, J. Goldman, D. Levine, C. Marboe, G. F. Marklin, S. M. Pouch, M. Rana, R. Razonable, H. L. Stevenson, H. Te, A. E. Woolley, M. Michaels, L. Danziger-Isakov
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DCD Heart Donation: Impact on Organ Yield
Authors: K. Gauntt, B. Carrico, D. Klassen
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Disparities in Living Donor Follow-up During the COVID-19 Emergency Suspension of OPTN Follow-up Reporting Requirements
Authors: S. E. Booker, A. Henderson, L. A. Cartwright, S. Taranto, D. Klassen, J. L. Wainright
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Donor Derived Transmissions 2019: Analysis of the OPTN Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee (DTAC)
Authors: L. Danziger-Isakov, M. G. Michaels, A. Agarwal, S. Aslam, K. Dunn, J. Goldman, D. Levine, C. Marboe, G. Marklin, S. Pouch, M. Rana, R. Razonable, H. L. Stevenson, H. S. Te, A. Woolley, E. Ward, C. Jett, L. Cartwright, R. La Hoz
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Early Review of Liver Acuity Circles Allocation
Authors: S. Noreen, J. Heimbach, J. Pomposelli, M. Cafarella, J. Trotter
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Equity in Access to Kidney Transplants by Race/ethnicity in the Covid-19 Era
Authors: D. Stewart, A. Robinson, K. Bradbrook, A. Wilk, D. Klassen
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The Evolution of the National Liver Review Board
Authors: S. Noreen, J. Trotter, J. Pomposelli, M. Cafarella, J. Heimbach
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Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Disparities in Living Kidney Donation in the US
Authors: J. Wainright, S. Booker, J. Foutz, A. Henderson, R. Goff, L. Cartwright, D. Klassen
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Impact of Pre-Screening on OPTN Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program Transplant and Refusal Rates
Authors: S. E. Booker, R. Leishman, J. Musick, M. Oley, T. Sandholm, J. Dickerson, M. Pavlakis, V. Casingal
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Improving Policy-constrained Kidney Exchange via Pre-screening
Authors: D. C. McElfresh, M. Curry, S. Booker, M. Stuart, D. Stewart, R. Leishman, T. Sandholm, J. Dickerson
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Kidney Programs Can Filter Off A Majority Of Their Unwanted Organ Offers Without Harming Transplant Volumes
Authors: A. Toll, H. McGehee, R. McTier, D. Stewart
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One-Year Monitoring of Changes to Kidney-Pancreas Waiting Time Criteria: An OPTN Analysis
Authors: R. C. Forbes, B. Plucinski, J. White, N. T. Kyaw, R. Kandaswamy, S. V. Niederhaus
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The Pediatric National Liver Review Board: What Happens to Waitlist Registrations with Denied Exception Forms?
Authors: J. Foutz, C. Martinez, A. Henderson, E. K. Hsu, E. R. Perito, J. Heimbach
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Sensitized Lung Candidates Experience Reduced Access to Donor Organs
Authors: K. Lindblad, R. Goff, D. Stewart
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Summary of the OPTN’s Policy and System Modifications in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: A. Wilk, S. Taranto, C. Jett, L. Cartwright
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Transplant Center Provisional Yes Practices for Deceased Donor Kidneys
Authors: A. M. Placona, C. Martinez, H. McGehee, C. Van De Walker, J. Rosendale
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Trends in Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) Waiting List and Transplant Activity in the U.S.
Authors: J. Wainright, K. Swanner, W. Cherikh, D. Klassen
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Who Can Be Matched via Kidney Exchange?
Authors: D. C. McElfresh, M. Curry, S. E. Booker, D. Stewart, M. Stuart, R. Leishman, T. Sandholm, J. Dickerson
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