Using new technology to meet the organ shortage

May 25, 2017 Shelby Soke

Freed and Nagendran's ex-vivo organ perfusion device. Photo credit Darren Freed

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Technology developed and being commercialized by University of Alberta medical researchers may solve two of the biggest issues in organ transplantation—the number of healthy organs available and the limited window of time to get a donated organ to a patient.

Surgery professors Darren Freed and Jayan Nagendran developed a device that uses negative pressure ventilation to replicate the way our chest cavity expands and contracts with each breath, to ventilate donated lungs.

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