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A Stent to Save Organs for Transplant

In the United States, only a quarter of the 120,000 patients who need an organ transplant ultimately receive one. Meanwhile, thousands of organs are discarded each year as a result of injury from inadequate blood flow (ischemic injury) as the donor is dying. 2010 Wylie Scholar Dr. Bryan Tillman, MD, PhD, and his team at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, have just received $1.3 million from the NIH to address this critical shortage.  The project, entitled “An Organ Perfusion Stent as an Alternative to Surgery in Donor Organ Recovery”, will test a novel stent which has the potential to protect organs eligible for transplant against injury.  The hope is this stent will increase both the number and quality of donor organs for transplant.

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