January 2015 | VOL. 14, NO. 1 | www.McGowan.pitt.edu
New Machine-Perfusion Organ Preservation System Keeps Livers Healthier for Transplant
A new preservation system has been developed that pumps cooled, oxygen-rich fluid into donor livers not only keeps the organs in excellent condition for as long as 9 hours before transplantation, but also leads to dramatically better liver function. This system offers the potential to increase the survival of liver transplant recipients, according to a series of preclinical studies by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC, and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The system could be tested with transplant patients at UPMC later this year.