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AATB Award Winners

AATB is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Abstract Awards, and the 2018 Communications & Education Awards. ​​

Abstract Awards

Outstanding Non-Scientific Abstract

In-House Donor Transportation - More Than Just A Cost Saving

Michael R. Couch, CTBS, CPTC, Indiana Donor Network ​
 

Outstanding Scientific Abstract

Growth Factor and Bioactive Stability of Amniotic Fluid Stored at Ambient Temperature

Connie Chung, PhD, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.

Renaud Sicard, PhD, Vivex Biomedical, Inc. 

Silvia Daniela Gonzales, PhD, MBA, CTBS, Vivex Biomedical, Inc. 

Shabnam Namin, PhD, MBA, CTBS, CSSBB, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.

Tim Ganey, PhD, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.​
 

Outstanding Scientific Abstract by a CTBS

Preservation of Growth Factors and Structure of Dual Layer Amnion Grafts After Hypothermal Dehydration and Electron-Beam Irradiation

Hanna Kaliada, CTBS, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.

Silvia Daniela Gonzales, PhD, MBA, CTBS, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.

Connie Chung, PhD, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.

Shabnam Namin, PhD, MBA, CTBS, CSSBB, Vivex Biomedical, Inc.

 

Communication & Education Awards

Outstanding Professional Education Award

Guide To Medical Examiner and Coroner Cases for the Donation Community

            Kim A. Collins, MD, Sharing Hope South Carolina

            Jonathan Boyd, CTBS, AATB

            Louis Jares, CTBS, MTF Biologics

            Korinna Kellerstrass, CTBS, Lions VisionGift

            Samantha Wetzler, MD, LifeNet Health

            Melanie Berry, CTBS, United Tissue Resources

            Michael Becker, CTBS, United Tissue Resources​
 

Outstanding Public Education Award

Leaving a CodeR Legacy

Tonnie BostonBloodCenter of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Tissue Bank

Gretchen Budde, CTBS, BloodCenter of Wisconsin/Wisconsin Tissue Bank​
 

Groundbreaker Award

Bridge2Life App

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates & Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life​

The winners will be presenting their projects at the 2018 AATB Annual Meeting next week, so be sure to attend those sessions if you are joining us in Dallas.​

You can read a brief overview of each winning submission below. 

 

Outstanding Non-Scientific Abstract

In-House Donor Transportation - More Than Just A Cost Saving

It’s becoming common practice for more Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) to bring tissue donors in-house for recovery. Relying on vendors to handle the transportation of donors is not a benefit for OPOs. Bringing this service in-house will reduce costs, better utilize recovery teams, improve professionalism and expedite the return of that donor to the funeral home.
 

Outstanding Scientific Abstract

Growth Factor and Bioactive Stability of Amniotic Fluid Stored at Ambient Temperature

Amniotic fluid therapy (AFT) has been safely and efficaciously administered for over a century as a non-invasive treatment option for pain, wound healing, swelling, and inflammation. The abundant growth factors and cytokines present in amniotic fluid are known to play a pivotal role in regulating cell growth and regeneration that promotes the tissue repair process. Whether these growth factors remain stable and bioactive when amniotic fluid is stored at ambient temperatures over time is unknown. Providing clinicians with alternative and more accessible storage options would eliminate the time and costs associated with the handling of a frozen AFT product. 
 

Outstanding Scientific Abstract by a CTBS

Preservation of Growth Factors and Structure of Dual Layer Amnion Grafts After Hypothermal Dehydration and Electron-Beam Irradiation

For more than a century, amniotic membrane (AM) has been utilized in the treatment of wounds due to its ability to promote accelerated healing. AM is composed primarily of collagen, laminin, fibronectin and contains multiple growth factors (GFs) and cytokines. AM is extremely thin, which in some applications may be a disadvantage. Dual layer amnion (DLA) grafts that are a thicker version consist of two or more sections of AM laminated to each other with multiple different methods. For the purpose of evaluation, hypothermal dehydration (HD) was chosen as the method of lamination in processing DLA grafts. To reduce the potential risk of contamination during transplantation, DLA grafts can be subjected to terminal sterilization via Electron-Beam (E-Beam) irradiation. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the final DLA grafts retain their regenerative properties and structural integrity after HD and E-Beam irradiation. In this study, the expression of GFs and the presence of intact epithelial layer (IEL) in the in-process and final DLA grafts were examined. 

 

Groundbreaker Award

Bridge2Life App

Americans register as a donor while obtaining a driver’s license or ID. In today’s environment of Uber, Lyft and urban living, we see fewer 16-19 year olds obtaining a license. Using grant funding, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates & Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life met the challenge to educate this important demographic and offer them the option of registering and learning about organ donation in a different way. Using what is known about this audience, a “paperless binder” cell phone app was developed for quick facts and registry options. The app was utilized by implementing it in Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates & Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life annual High School Challenge. 
 

Outstanding Professional Education Award

Guide To Medical Examiner and Coroner Cases for the Donation Community

As has been published in medical and scientific literature, the majority of potential donors of both organs and tissues is from medicolegal cases. Although many medical examiners and coroners support donation, too much is at stake when evaluating a medicolegal case. Unfortunately, too often the medical examiner/coroner do not have a positive relationship with the donation community and refuse donation on these cases. To overcome this “disconnect”, education and communication are necessary on both sides. ​

The authors developed a training and guidance document to address these issues, educate the donation community, and improve communications between the two groups. Information and education are powerful; however, if they cannot be communicated, then the knowledge is lost. The authors’ goal is that this document will work to solve many of the aforementioned problems and increase the number of organ and tissue donors that fall under medical examiner/coroner jurisdictions.
 

Outstanding Public Education Award

Leaving a CodeR Legacy

BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW), Wisconsin Donor Network/ Wisconsin Tissue Bank, is helping diverse communities in Milwaukee become active advocates of donation and transplantation with its newly-launched program, CodeR (Churches for Organ Donation Education and Registration). Wisconsin is a very generous state in support of organ and tissue donation with only 5 of 72 counties falling below the fifty percent mark of residents registered as donors. Milwaukee County, however, has struggled over the past several years with only 44.5 percent of its drivers and ID holders identified as registered donors. With only a quarter percent (respectively) of the city’s African Americans and Hispanics as registered donors, both communities present a major opportunity to increase the overall registration rate. CodeR was designed to elevate a casual conversation about donation in Milwaukee’s African American and Hispanic communities by serving as a formal way to track the quantity and type of tissue information that was infused into the community.

 

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