Dr. Christopher Wigfield, the newest member of our lung transplant team, talks about the complexities of lung transplantation and what’s in store to improve patient outcomes.
Donald Rowley, MD, a pioneer in discovering how the immune system functions and the inventor of the gel electrode, a crucial tool that monitors cardiac activity, died at his home early Sunday, Feb. 24, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 90 years old.
MacLean Fellows Conference to focus on ethics of organ transplant, global health and pediatric immunization
The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics will host its 24th annual conference on ethical issues this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, at the University of Chicago Law School. This year’s conference will also feature the presentation of the second annual $50,000 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics to Peter Singer, MD, MPH, senior scientist […]
Organ transplants are a lifesaving procedure for thousands of people each year. But transplant recipients have to take medications the rest of their lives to suppress their immune system enough so that it doesn’t attack the organ. This is similar to the way the body fights off infection, by attacking the viruses and bacteria it […]
Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the world wide web. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, link to news stories about our faculty and studies, and briefly summarize a handful of recent publications by our researchers. This […]
Each year approximately 11,000 people receive kidney transplants from deceased donors, but nearly 100,000 people are on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. This means that people with end-stage renal disease who desperately need a new kidney can spend years on dialysis, waiting for a transplant. For the past seven years, the United […]
The phone call came in early October, 2011. “You could sense the tone of it right away,” recalls pulmonologist Imre Noth, MD, who runs one of the country’s largest practices for patients with pulmonary fibrosis. “There was just something about the voice on the line.” The conference call came from the data and safety monitoring […]
Few people realize the important role that math plays in organ transplants. Complex formulas convert medical information about each patient, including diagnosis, age, and test results, into a single “allocation score” that determines who has priority when an organ becomes available. One factor not included in these calculators is proximity of the organ to a […]