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Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation to meet Nov. 13-14.

The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) announced it will meet on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14 in Rockville, MD. The meeting will run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

The meeting agenda will include presentations on the Report on New York State Transplant Council's Committee on Quality Improvement in Living Kidney Donation; Organ Procurement Organization Quality Assessment/Performance; Status of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Living Donor Follow Up; Risks for Disease Transmission; Factors Affecting Future Donor Potential; Reimbursement and the Changing Nature of the Donor Pool; Projected Growth in End-Stage Renal Disease and Implications for Future Demand for Kidney Transplants; Economic Impact of Transplantation; and Briefing on OPTN White Paper on Charges for Pancreata Recovered for Islet Transplantation.

In addition, three ACOT work groups will update the full committee on their deliberations on living donor advocacy and post-donation complications, sources of funding for additional data collection, and reducing pediatric deaths on the waitlist.

A draft of the meeting agenda will be available on October 31 on the following Web site: www.organdonor.gov/acot.html.

The meetings are open to the public; however, seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Because of the full agenda, time for public comment will be limited. A registration form will be available on or about October 15. Registration can be completed electronically at: www.organdonor.gov/acot.html. The completed registration form should be submitted to Professional and Scientific Associates (PSA), the logical support contractor for the meeting, by FAX at (703) 234-1701.

Individuals without access to the Internet who wish to register are asked to call Sowjanya Kotakonda with PSA at (703) 234-1737. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact the ACOT Executive Secretary Remy Aronoff by telephone at (301) 443-3300, e-mail: remy.aronoff@hrsa.hhs.gov or by writing: the Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Parklawn Building, Room 12C-06, Rockville, MD 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-7577.
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