Transplant Research Program

At Boston Children's Hospital, our ultimate goal is to optimize success and improve outcomes following solid organ transplantation. This goal is achieved through the use of innovative new research tools and techniques, and new immunosuppressive medications that preserve organ function while allowing children to grow and develop as healthy adolescents and adults following transplantation. The Pediatric Transplant Center is home to world-class transplant teams who perform cutting-edge clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of new approaches to care.

To maximize our potential to accelerate discovery and ultimately to improve care, the Department of Medicine at Children's launched a Transplant Research Program. The focus of the program is to perform basic research to further understand the molecular basis for chronic allograft rejection in children, the leading cause of graft failure following transplantation.

Members of the Transplant Research Program interact with clinical programs, both locally and nationally, which allow the development of candidate biomarkers as a new tool to monitor patients following transplantation. Faculty within the Program are also assessing new avenues of research and have discovered roles for new cells and molecules that have potential to change our approaches to therapy.

To learn about the research each of faculty within the program are doing, see our Faculty Research page.