McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member, George Mazariegos, MD, director, pediatric transplantation, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, received one of four Hillman Innovation Development Awards for his application entitled “International Organ Transplantation Tolerance Registry.” The Hillman Innovation Development Award is intended for those with promising ideas, to help them get off and running in previously unexplored areas of research. All grants are funded for two years. Children’s is recognized as a leader in transplantation-related research.
Children’s established the nation’s first pediatric transplant center in 1981 under the guidance of transplant pioneer Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD. The hospital has performed more pediatric transplants than any other pediatric center. The pediatric transplant program, which achieves patient survival rates that are among the highest in the world, includes:
- Pediatric liver transplant
- Pediatric intestine transplant and pediatric liver-intestine transplant
- Pediatric kidney transplant
- Pediatric heart transplant
- Pediatric lung transplant and pediatric heart-lung transplant
- Pediatric bone marrow transplant (blood and bone marrow transplant)
“These programs hold great potential, and with continued support from the Hillman Foundation, they will continue to grow and lead to bigger and better things,” said George K. Gittes, MD, surgeon-in-chief and chief of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at Children’s. “These Hillman grants raise the bar for transplant research here at Children’s and lend even more credibility to our program.”
Congratulations, Dr. Mazariegos!