University of Birmingham

Improving liver transplants

Since the pioneering work of Sir Peter Medawar, who was awarded a Nobel Prize for his tissue grafting work, the University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of liver transplantation.

Around 20% of patients die whilst awaiting a transplant, while 400 livers donated each year are rejected as too high risk for transplantation. Researchers at the university are carrying out ground-breaking research using perfusion machines, which act like a life support machine for donor livers.

This technology allows medics to assess whether an organ, once deemed too high risk for transplant, would actually function if it were to be transplanted.

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