Organ Assist: The University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC have pub­lished their recent research with the Liver Assist

Groningen, The Netherlands, 27 jan­u­ary 2015 – The University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC have pub­lished their recent research with the Liver Assist. Dr. Paulo Fontes has per­fused liv­ers at sub­nor­moth­er­mia with an artif­i­cal oxy­gen car­ri­er solu­tion.
The results of the pre-clin­i­cal research Dr. Fontes with the Liver Assist has per­formed has been pub­lished in the American Journal of Transplantation (Volume 15, Issue 2, Article first pub­lished online: 22 jan­u­ari 2015). The project in Pittsburgh has been a coop­er­a­tion of Organ Assist with Dr. Fontes.
Paulo Fontes and his col­leagues at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC and Pitt’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine have devel­oped machine-per­fu­sion tech­nol­o­gy that pre­serves donor liv­ers by pump­ing them with a form of cold arti­fi­cial blood known as a “cell-free oxy­gen-car­ri­er solu­tion.”
“The data from the stud­ies have been shared with fed­er­al reg­u­la­tors”, Paulo Fontes says “with the aim of launch­ing a clin­i­cal tri­al to test the sys­tem at UPMC this year”.
“This sys­tem has great poten­tial to enhance our cur­rent stan­dards for organ preser­va­tion, which should trans­late into more patients get­ting a life-sav­ing pro­ce­dure with poten­tial­ly bet­ter out­comes,” Dr. Fontes said. “Not only that, we have hopes of a faster recov­ery because the liv­er could be less like­ly to become injured due to a lack of oxy­gen.”

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