Improving donated livers made possible with $2 million grant
August 29, 2013
At some point, many people suffering from various ailments need to be placed on a donor list to wait for an available organ. Once a person reaches the top of the list, he or she tends to be given the first viable appendage. However, recently, a number of medical professionals have noted the declining quality of organs donated to patients over the last few years.
With this in mind, the W.M. Keck Foundation recently gave a $2 million, three-year grant to the University of California Los Angeles' Departments of Surgery and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to find ways to improve the quality of donated livers.
"Our project has the potential to result in a significant paradigm shift, opening up the possibility of developing new ways to improve donor organ quality and allow use of otherwise unusable and discarded marginal livers," stated Dr. Jerzy Kupiec-Weglinski, director of the Dumont-UCLA Transplantation Research Center.
The Keck Foundation has been dedicated to finding new discoveries in the science, engineering and medical fields since its inception in 1954. The organization has a history of donating its funds to nonprofits that operate in Southern California, but has extended its generosity to other American projects.
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