Many thanks to Ed Horn for coordinating the content for this month's issue.

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This will be my last newsletter as your Editor-in-Chief. Since I was unanimously chosen as such beginning June 2011, we have transcended from Volume 3 to Volume 9 providing monthly issues without fail with hundreds of writers. Some may little note nor long remember that each Volume had a theme. This year's theme explored the evolution of science focusing on the 17th Century. In this issue, I leave you with the origin of scientific societies and reflect on how they can influence the transformation of the ISHLT. Tara Fallah deals with the hazy outcomes of marijuana "Hashing it Out: The Use of Marijuana in Solid Organ Transplant," while Kevin Chilber, Jennifer Day and Teena Sam gives us a transformative insight about hepatitis C in their article "Use of Hepatitis C Positive Donors in Thoracic Transplant." In the end, Rebecca Holt modernizes medical ethics in her article, "A Panacea for the Modern Medicine Machine."

In keeping with a laissez-faire tradition, the new Editor-in-chief David Weill is a competent, well read and experienced transplant pulmonologist who happens to be from my home city, New Orleans. Just think another Louisiana native as Editor-in-Chief of the Links, just what it needs. Through the Links, we will continue to recapitulate and interact on the scientific ideals and evolutionary research linking art and medicine. Les bon temps roule.

Vincent Valentine, MD
Links Editor-in-Chief


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Hashing it Out: The Use of Marijuana in Solid Organ Transplant

Tara Fallah, PharmD

links imageMarijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States with nearly 40% of Americans admitting they have inhaled or ingested marijuana in their lifetime of which 3.5% adults are current users [1]. The prevalence of marijuana use in Europe varies from country to country, more frequently reported in France, Spain, Italy and England (4.8%, 7.6%, 6.9% and 3.9%, respectively). While all EU member states treat the possession of cannabis for personal use as an offense, over 1/3 do not allow for incarceration for such minor offenses [2]. With all the buzz around rapidly expanding marijuana legalization across the United States, the need for managing transplant candidates who actively use marijuana is becoming more prevalent. Hazy guidance from the medical literature and professional organizations as well as a panoply of marijuana laws from state to state, has led to significant variability in clinical practices in the United States. Read more →

Use of Hepatitis C Positive Donors in Thoracic Transplant

Kevin Chilbert, PharmD
Jennifer Day, PharmD, BCPS
Teena Sam, PharmD, BCPS

Historically, positive hepatitis C virus (HCV) donors have been avoided in patients undergoing heart and lung transplant due to previously reported poor post-transplant outcomes. Drug therapy prior to the approval of direct acting antivirals was limited to interferon-based regimens, which were associated with higher risk of rejection, poor tolerability and suboptimal viral outcomes in the post-transplant setting [1-3]. Thankfully, the emergence of highly effective and safe, direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has not only changed the landscape of hepatitis C treatment, but is also proving to be a game changer in transplant by opening up the donor pool to the use of HCV positive donors in HCV negative recipients. Read more →



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A Panacea for the Modern Medicine Machine

Rebecca Holt, BA

Where is the Wisdom we have lost in Knowledge?
Where is the Knowledge we have lost in Information?
- T.S. Eliot

Following World War I, the modernist period was a radical movement from past ideals to the search for new forms of expression. Writers, artists and scientists broke from traditional ways of interacting and viewing the world to explore new constitutions of truth and reality. Through experimentation, reasoning and individualism, the previously marginalized- women, minorities and the impoverished - were no longer silent, and various voices started to be heard. Read more →



(adjective) - Having great power or influence.


The Origin of Scientific Societies

Vincent Valentine, MD

links imageThis past year, the Links focused on the transformation of works of philosophical inquiry known to us today as science. Here, we peer into the nature and function of scientific societies and the roles they play. As the ISHLT improves as an academic and professional society, we continue to network and link new ideologies of science and medicine with a clear vision on humanism. Remnants of two 17th-century societies - The Royal Society of London and the Parisian Academy of Sciences - still remain alive today. The contributions of these scientific academies before us sharpen our view on their importance to the practice and discovery of medicine. Today, our very own ISHLT is a byproduct of these international societies, with our 2018 meeting near where these societies originated. As the ISHLT continues to transform as an academic society, we will continue to network and link new ideologies of science. Read more →


Vincent G Valentine, MD

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"The moment of greatest vulnerability is the instant immediately after victory."
— Napoleon

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