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.
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