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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.
11/24/2014Guidance regarding Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
 The OPTN/UNOS Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee (DTAC), after careful review of information available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), offers the following information to transplant centers and OPOs in light of the first case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) identified in the United States.
11/21/2014Nominees chosen for 2015 board of directors election
 At its November meeting, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors approved the following slate of nominees for Board appointments beginning in June 2015. The OPTN Board of Directors also functions as the UNOS Board of Directors.
11/15/2014UNOS annual giving campaign features living kidney donors and recipients
 Support UNOS and help us say thanks to organ donors for their selfless gift of life.
11/13/2014Board approves policies on living donor evaluation and consent, donor disease risk assessment
 St. Louis – The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors, at its meeting November 12-13, approved policies to ensure thorough and consistent processes are used in the medical evaluation and informed consent process for living organ donors.
11/13/2014Board places two member institutions on probation
 Action was taken at the November 12-13 board meeting.
10/31/2014New pancreas transplant policies take effect
 As of October 30, 2014, new policies are in place to allocate pancreas and kidney-pancreas transplants.
10/30/2014Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola
 Hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other government agencies on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.       
10/19/2014National Organ Transplant Act enacted 30 years ago
 On October 19, 1984, the Congress of the United States approved the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA). It not only established the framework for the U.S. organ transplant system but has served as a model for development of other transplant networks worldwide.
10/17/2014Alexion Pharmaceuticals to sponsor 2015 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence
 Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening rare diseases, will be a lead sponsor of the 2015 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence.
10/17/2014Brian Sullivan named UNOS Director of Technology Operations
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) hired Brian Sullivan as Director of Technology Operations. UNOS manages the nation’s transplant system, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Services and Resources Administration.
10/3/2014OPTN/UNOS Board Places Baptist Memorial Hospital on Probation
 At its meeting today, the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors placed Baptist Memorial Hospital on probation. Baptist Memorial Hospital is a member transplant hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
10/1/2014UNOS Transplant Management Forum Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Transplant Management Forum is calling for sponsors and exhibitors to participate. These opportunities increase your organization's presence at the conference and can be tailored to meet your needs.
9/30/2014Liver forum provides key feedback for additional committee discussion
 Nearly 500 people participated, either in person or via webinar, in a public forum held Sept. 16 to discuss concepts related to liver distribution equity.
9/30/2014Mike Pressendo named UNOS Director of Communications
 United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) hired Mike Pressendo as Director of Communications.
9/26/2014Redesigned OPTN website launches September 26
 Site is mobile-friendly, for viewing on smart phones and tablets
9/24/2014OPTN/UNOS Nominating Committee Seeks Board Nominations
 Do you know experienced and innovative members of the transplant community who are committed to continuously improving our nation’s transplant system?
9/17/2014Public forum addresses equity in liver distribution
 Rosemont, Ill. – Approximately 400 people attended a public forum held on Sept. 16 to discuss various concepts to reduce geographic variation in access to liver transplantation.
9/17/2014Support UNOS now during The Amazing Raise
 UNOS is participating in The Amazing Raise, a 36-hour online fundraising campaign hosted by the GiveRichmond.org. Make an online gift to UNOS below anytime between 6am Wednesday September 17th and 6 pm Thursday, September 18th. 
9/12/2014Liver concept forum to be held Sept. 16
 As of September 12, nearly 350 participants have registered for the public forum sponsored by the OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee to discuss concepts intended to increase equity in access to liver transplantation.
9/9/2014Summary of liver concept questionnaire results available
 The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee has made available a summary of results to the questionnaire distributed June 16 regarding alternative concepts for liver distribution. Results of the questionnaire will be further discussed, and additional public input sought, at a public forum on September 16.