8/17/22 Speaking of Research It is estimated that 20 Americans die each day because of the unavailability of organs for transplant. Now, scientists are hoping to solve the organ crisis by researching the question: Can death be reversed? The thought-provoking study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine begins to question the inevitability of death. … Continue reading Study revives cell function in the body of dead pigs
October 22nd 2021 Those of you who read the SR blog will be familiar with the #TimeScales that are often involved in bringing cures from bench to bedside and that often these cures were made possible by animal research #MPAR. A recent news story highlighting a successful pig kidney transplant in a human patient is … Continue reading #Timescales #MPAR: Proof of principle pig kidney transplant to a deceased human performed
Look on your driver’s license. Does it have that little symbol indicating you are an organ donor? If so, then thank animal research for making that possible! April is National Donate Life Month, and many people choose to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Perhaps you know someone who has received an organ transplant … Continue reading It’s National Donate Life Month – Thanks to Animal Research!
Kathryn Henley is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She studies pain in animals, currently pigs, trying to understand the different and often subtle signs that animals may be in pain. In this post, she explains why her research is important – both to the development of good animal welfare and … Continue reading Found in Translation: Using a Personal Tragedy to Drive Innovative Research
Yesterday a team led by Consultant Surgeon Stephen Large at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in the UK announced the successful transplant of a non-beating donor heart to heart failure patient Huseyin Ulucan, the first time such an operation has been performed in Europe. Current practice is for donor hearts are obtained when the donor has … Continue reading Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!
Heart failure is a deadly condition that affects about two out of every hundred adults in the USA, and occurs when the heart is unable to provide sufficient pump action to maintain blood flow to meet the needs of the body. Among the more common causes are heart attacks and hypertension, but less frequently it … Continue reading Trial of gene therapy in heart failure launches following success in rats and pigs.
On Friday the BBC reported that Ian Christie, a man who developed cirrhosis of the liver after being infected with hepatitis C during a blood transfusion 25 years ago, had become the first person in the world to receive a transplanted liver that had been preserved at room temperature rather than being cooled after being … Continue reading Liver transplant breakthrough set to save thousands of lives: Thank the pigs!
On Friday I discussed some recent developments in use of stem cells to repair spinal cord damage, but central nervous system damage is not the only cause of paralysis; every year many thousands of people become paralysed in a limb due to peripheral nerve damage. A difference between peripheral nerve damage and central nervous system damage is … Continue reading Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep