American Society of Transplantation
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The American Society of Transplantation (AST) is an international organization of over 3,500 transplant professionals, dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation through the promotion of research, education, advocacy, and organ donation. It is the largest professional transplantation society in North America. 
The history of the AST begins in 1981, when the charter members of the society met at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). It was at this meeting where a new society, known as The American Society of Transplant Physicians (ASTP), was created to meet the professional needs of a burgeoning group of transplant physicians. The ASTP was thus founded on May 10, 1982, and membership was open to physicians and certain other health professionals who shared an interest in transplantation medicine and biology. In 1998, ASTP changed its name to the American Society of Transplantation.