An eligible person waits a median of 3.6 years for a kidney transplant, with some waiting 8 years or more. As the national transplant waiting list continues to grow, pioneering scientists at UPMC are developing novel approaches to help more patients live longer, fuller lives. If health systems and access to them do not improve, it will be almost impossible to meet global transplant needs. string(0) "" string(10) "Technology" string(0) "" It’s an exciting field to be a part of and it’s gratifying, from both a patient standpoint and an academic standpoint,” says Abhinav Humar, MD, chief of transplantation at UPMC. ["trigger-send"]=> UPMC is among a small group of high-volume centers nationally to offer living-donor liver transplants to patients with end-stage liver disease. The Future of Transplantation. Anticipated pretransplant advances include ongoing improvements in medical management, broadening of candidate eligibility, widening of the donor pool through innovative management, and the use of alternative lung sources. array(1) { string(7) "#ffffff" Industries such as finance and retail sales routinely make extensive use of data mining and predictive algorithms to leverage the information they have on their customers. However, the breakthroughs in long-term outcome have seen stagnation in the past decade. How Technology is Changing The Future Of Organ Transplants Creating Organs From Stem Cells. A Stanford team is developing a bioscaffold that helps insulin-producing cells get enough oxygen when transplanted for diabetes treatment. The future of lung transplantation. Given the significant Hispanic population in the Chicago area, our Comprehensive Transplant Center has built a first-of-its-kind comprehensive Hispanic Transplant program led by Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo that replicates the English language education and orientation in a culturally competent and congruent manner. The next phase of this work includes merging it with our research efforts in tolerance, biomarkers, outcomes, and tissue engineering to make it easier on the recipients and achieve even better outcomes. The steadily growing program includes more than 20 bilingual and bi-cultural faculty and staff members, and has significantly increased the transplant rate in our Hispanic patients. Living donor transplants are key to eliminating needless deaths by reducing waiting times for available organs. ["subscription2"]=> In Pittsburgh, where living-donor liver transplants now outpace deceased-donor liver transplants, researchers are developing new immunosuppression techniques to prevent the body from rejecting the new organ. “The world is composed of 10% wealthy people and 90% poverty. string(0) "" The liver regenerates, or grows back, in both the donor and the recipient. Identifying adverse outcomes in transplant recipients at the time that these occur leads to a delay in treatment and lowered efficacy. PDF | On Jan 1, 2000, JJ Fung and others published Future of transplantation (including xenografting) | Find, read and cite all the research you need on ResearchGate It’s important for every patient being evaluated for a liver transplant to learn about this option as part of the care journey. ["form_id"]=> Biopsies of transplanted organs can help identify issues earlier, but are expensive, invasive, and carry risks. This progress in liver transplantation has occurred in only 45 years, since the preliminary work of Dr. Starzl, 1 and provides a basis for future advances. Through advances in genomics and transcriptomics, there is hope that an era of personalized transplant therapy lies in the future. While researchers have made amazing progress, this day cannot be predicted or relied upon. Footnotes Address for reprints: Christine A. O'Mahony, MD, Division of Abdominal Transplantation, Baylor College of Medicine, 6620 Main St., Suite 1425, Houston, TX 77030 “Transplantation has always been on the cutting edge. Below, we have detailed six examples of ongoing work that leverage at least two of the MATRIX pillars of investigation. In both 2017 and 2018, the number of living-donor liver transplants performed at UPMC exceeded the number of deceased-donor liver transplants.