Kidneys from pigs can help remedy organ shortages among kidney patients
Associate Professor Lin Lin from Aarhus University receives DKK 2.8 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to study whether kidneys from genetic modified pigs can be used for organ transplantation and thereby help rectify a shortage of organs.
Kidney transplantation is the only treatment option for patients who suffer from chronic renal failure, but a lack of organs limits their chances of receiving life-prolonging treatment. Associate Professor Lin Lin from the Department of Biomedicine conducts research into the use of organs from pigs, and she has now received a grant of DKK 2.8 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation to fund her research project.
She will use the grant to investigate what is required to reduce rejections in patients after transplantation of pig kidneys (xenotransplantation). At cellular level, she aims to shed light on how human immune systems interact with pig organs, and to utilise this knowledge to develop better pig organs as xenotransplantation resources.