Today’s Generation of Scientists Innovating Approaches to the Donor Organ Shortage for Transplantation and Repair.
With more than 119,000 adults and children hoping for a life-saving organ on the national transplant waiting list and only 15,000 organ donors in a given year, the US suffers from a donor organ shortage. Those fortunate enough to receive an organ transplant may have to fight against their own bodies, which often reject the new organ as a foreign object. Now, breakthroughs in gene-editing, 3D bioprinting, xenotransplantation, and de- & re-cellularizing “bioartificial” organs offer a glimpse of a future in which a steady and reliable supply of immune-matched organs may be possible. See and hear from Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientists on the cutting edge of this research.
HSCI Speakers (confirmed):
George Church, Harvard University and MIT
Harald Ott, Massachusetts General Hospital
Kevin Kit Parker, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering
David Kolesky, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering