Doctors at UAB are developing new ways to increase the number of living donors via the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program.
Award given annually to top young professionals in Birmingham based on their contribution to their company, impact on the business world and role in their community.
Immune system cells and a drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis will be studied in an effort to reduce inflammation in kidney transplants and improve long-term function.
Since December, 21 living donor kidney transplants that have taken place at UAB are connected as donors “pay it forward” for a recipient to keep the chain going, and more transplants are scheduled for July.
Physicians and staff spent three days and nights in-hospital during the recent winter storm to ensure success of a kidney transplant chain that stands at 13 and counting.
The annual award is the highest for research in the Department of Medicine.