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5/21/2015Additional information, draft agenda available for June 22 liver distribution forum
 The OPTN Liver Committee is seeking input on concepts intended to increase equity in access to liver transplantation.
5/19/2015Transplant Network Reaches Milestone of 500,000 Deceased Donor Organ Transplants
 Richmond, Va. - As of May 19, 2015, the national transplant allocation system developed by United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) has coordinated 500,000 organ transplants from deceased donors in the United States since its beginning in October 1987. More than 250,000 recipients of these transplants are estimated to be surviving.
5/8/2015Richmond Times-Dispatch profiles UNOS as a Top Workplace; cites benefits as a strength
 Workplace Dynamics LLC, a workplace surveying and consulting firm, cited UNOS for a special award in its Top Workplaces in the Richmond area for its benefits package.
5/7/2015HOPE Act to Facilitate Organ Recovery from HIV-Positive Donors
 In a notice published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will amend the OPTN Final Rule (42 CFR Part 121) to allow the recovery of transplantable organs from HIV-positive donors.
5/1/2015UNOS Researchers Present Studies at American Transplant Congress
 UNOS staff members authored and will present several studies at the American Transplant Congress (ATC), held May 2-6 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. UNOS staff members are primary authors of a total of 15 abstracts and are coauthors of an additional six abstracts.
4/30/2015UNOS Transplant Management Forum 2016 Call for Abstracts
 The UNOS Transplant Management Forum is accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 forum, scheduled for April 4-6 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel.
4/27/2015Registration available for educational forum on liver distribution concepts
 The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee is sponsoring an educational forum to seek additional input on concepts intended to increase equity in access to liver transplantation.
4/1/2015UNOS unveils new logo
 To coincide with National Donate Life Month, today UNOS unveiled its new logo.
3/25/2015Educational forum to be held June 22 on liver distribution concepts
 The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee is planning an educational forum June 22, 2015, to present the findings and recommendations of ad hoc subcommittees studying various aspects of potential improvements to liver distribution.
3/24/2015In Memoriam: Elizabeth Sleeman
 UNOS commemorates the life and contributions of former staff member Elizabeth F. Sleeman, M.H.A., who passed away March 4 at the age of 32.
3/23/2015UNOS named a Top Workplace in Richmond area
 UNOS has been named a Top Workplace program in the Richmond, Va. region.
3/4/2015Officers and board members elected - 2015
 First living kidney donor, non-clinician to become president.
2/20/2015Register today for the United for UNOS 5K and Fun Run
 United for UNOS 5k and Fun Run is a family friendly walk/run to honor organ donors, celebrate organ recipients and offer hope to those who continue to wait for a lifesaving organ transplant.
2/19/2015Changes to the lung allocation system
 Modifications to the Lung Allocation Score (LAS) system were implemented on February 19, 2015. Among the revisions are policy changes that have occurred over the course of many years, resulting from numerous proposals.
2/11/2015UNOS refreshes brand and plans to unveil new logo April 1
 As UNOS wraps up 30 years of service to the transplant community in March and embarks upon its latest strategic initiatives, we have the unique opportunity to reflect, review and identify ways to best develop our organizational brand.
2/9/2015Journal article describes importance of communications in addressing potential donor-transmitted infections
 While the overall risk of significant donor-transmitted infectious disease remains low, timely and effective communication of potential transmission events can help avert or minimize infection in recipients.
2/5/2015In Memoriam: Debi Surlas
 UNOS was saddened to learn of the death of kidney–pancreas recipient and former OPTN/UNOS board member Debi Surlas, who died February 5 after a valiant struggle with breast cancer.
2/2/2015Liver and intestinal organ transplantation committee update regarding liver distribution discussion
 Three ad hoc subcommittees are meeting to refine metrics of access and disparity and are exploring ways to optimize distribution, among other issues.
1/28/2015Public comment features new, blog-style format
 Ten proposals are currently open for public comment, and a new format is available for submitting and viewing comments on the OPTN website.
1/26/2015Early data suggest kidney allocation system meeting key expectations
 Kidney transplant data from the first four weeks after implementation of the new kidney allocation system (KAS) suggest that a number of key outcomes are meeting expectations, while other trends merit continued close monitoring.
1/22/2015Bradley Frohman Named UNOS Director of Portfolio Management
 UNOS hired Bradley Frohman as director of portfolio management.
1/7/2015UNOS forms Department of Member Quality
 UNOS has established a Department of Member Quality, combining the previously separate departments of Evaluation & Quality and Membership.
12/12/2014Register Now for the 2015 UNOS Transplant Management Forum
 Whether you are new to the field or have years of experience, the UNOS Transplant Management Forum, scheduled for April 22-23 in San Diego, CA, provides transplant managers with strategies they need to improve operations of their transplant program.
12/4/2014Revised national kidney transplant allocation system is now in place
 Effective December 4, 2014, the national system that matches kidneys from deceased donors with patients needing transplantation will be revised significantly.
12/3/2014Status of discussion regarding liver distribution
 Liver Committee Chairman David C. Mulligan, M.D., provides an update on recent efforts.
12/1/2014New training module available to educate professionals and patients about kidney allocation changes
 The national kidney allocation system (KAS) will be changing effective December 4, 2014.