Lung Transplantation Research

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“I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life.” Eleven 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. We focus primarily on three things:

  • preventing both short- and long-term lung transplant injury
  • developing transplant tolerance
  • creating therapies for long-term acceptance of transplanted lungs

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.

Boston Children’s is so much more than a hospital—it’s a community of researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, teachers, patients and families, all working together to make the impossible possible. ”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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