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.