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Audrey, age 15, transplanted in September of 2009
Six simple words, but hearing them is a large part of why your child’s transplant team gets up in the morning. After her transplant, we want to see your child go to school, ride bikes, do chores – to have a full and happy life.
But while a transplant can offer new hope and new opportunities, it also brings new obligations. To prevent rejection, your child will need to avoid certain situations, comply with restrictions and take medications for the rest of her life. That’s why our doctors sometimes describe getting a transplant as exchanging one disease for another.
It’s also what our dedicated teams of transplant researchers are working to change.
Research within the Lung Transplant Program at Boston Children’s Hospital is aimed at improving the outcomes of lung transplant surgery.
Here at Boston Children’s, we have the resources to conduct research in ways that other institutions can’t. For example, we are one of a handful of labs in the world capable of working with mice as models for lung transplant research, and we’re using mice to evaluate protocols with the goal of developing treatments that we can one day bring to our patients.
Globally, lung transplant research has been slow because there are comparatively few of them performed. Boston Children’s is hoping to help solve that problem by conducting research as a member of the International Pediatric Lung Transplantation Collaboration, an organization founded to give lung transplant researchers as much data to work with as possible.
The program at Boston Children's Hospital is also a research site for a NIH multi-center study to determine the role of viral infections and donor specific antibodies upon the outcome of lung transplant in pediatric patients.
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”