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Transplant Immunology

Our research is focused on improving preservation of DCD (donors after cardiac death) liver grafts with machine perfusion.  In addition, we are testing for the first time if gene silencing using si-RNAs during machine perfusion preservation could reduce ischemia reperfusion injury.  Machine perfusion preservation allows graft viability and may improve transplant logistics by extending the period for organ allocation and transport. It may also be able to “resuscitate” grafts that are initially deemed not transplantable.  Through this innovative translational approach our lab is performing experiments that could have a major clinical impact for a widespread and relevant problem. There is potential to increase the pool of livers for transplant, reduce the mortality on the waiting list and reduce morbidity and mortality of thousands patients after liver transplant.

 In the News 

Paulo Martins recognized as Rising Star by International Liver
Transplant Society
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Paulo Martins recognized as Rising Star by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
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Paulo Martins, MD, PhD, FAST, FACS
AST Member Spotlight

Andrew Gillooly (UMass Medical student) awarded the ASTS Sherilyn Gordon Memorial Travel Award
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International Liver Transplant
Society Awards Dr. Eliano
Bonaccorsi Riani, 
The 2018
International Travel Scholar Award
Dr. Paulo Martins, mentor (left) with
Dr. Eliano Bonaccorsi Riani (right)
awardee, Catolique Université,
Brussels, Belgium

Jessica Perry with Dean Flotte
Jessica Perry (UMass Medical student) receiving a research award, sponsored by the Alpha Omega Alpha Foundation from Dean Flotte.

Dr. Martins receives PACE award
Congratulations to Dr. Paulo Martins and the 2020 PACE Award team members.
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