next ANZAAS Science Talk, Melbourne

Wednesday 17th July 2024, 6:30 pm

All welcome, free, tell your friends!

Free refreshments after the talk

At Bio21 Institute, 30 Flemington Rd, near corner with Park Drive, Parkville

Professor Peter Cowan

St Vincent’s Hospital

“Xenotransplantation: Custom-Designing Pig Parts for People”

Organ transplantation is a life-saving and life-changing medical solution for many human diseases. However, not everyone who would benefit from a transplant will receive one, because the availability of suitable human organs is limited. The use of pig organs (xenotransplantation) offers a solution to this problem, but only if the powerful human immune response to porcine tissue can be controlled. This presentation will describe how gene editing has transformed xenotransplantation by making pig organs more human-like and therefore less susceptible to rejection, leading to the first pig-to-human heart and kidney transplants in 2022 and 2024 respectively.

Professor Peter Cowan is Scientist Director of the Immunology Research Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and a Past President of the International Xenotransplantation Association. He is a leader of a long-standing national collaborative group that generates knockout and transgenic pigs and uses them in a large animal model of pancreatic islet xenotransplantation.


Following talk:     Wednesday 21st August  TBA 

We are pleased to acknowledge the support by CSL and Bio21 for the ANZAAS Melbourne science talks series
Further Info: David Vaux


Click HERE to see past ANZAAS Science Talks

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