New Strategy for Preventing Organ Transplant Rejection Shows Promise

March 12, 2015

(University of Michigan) – In order to protect the donated organ, many transplant patients spend the rest of their lives on drugs to suppress their immune systems — and still their body’s efforts to fight the outsider can slowly damage the transplanted tissue, leading to chronic rejection. Researchers at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute and U-M Health System Department of Surgery, however, see promise in a new approach to increasing long-term survival — one that’s showing encouraging results in animal models.