Organ Transplantation in the open-access era
Juan S Danobeitia*
600 Highland Avenue, H5/301, Department of Surgery -Division of Transplantation, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health – Madison Hospital & Clinics, Madison, WI
- *Corresponding Author:
- Juan S Danobeitia
600 Highland Avenue, H5/301
Department of Surgery -Division of Transplantation
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
– Madison Hospital & Clinics Madison, WI, 53792
E- mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 20, 2011; Accepted Date: July 26, 2011; Published Date: September 26, 2011
Citation: Danobeitia JS (2011) Organ Transplantation in the Open-access Era. J Transplant Technol Res 1: 102e. doi: 10.4172/2161-0991.1000102e
Copyright: © 2011 Danobeitia JS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The field of organ transplantation has evolved significantly since the first report of a successful kidney transplant performed by Joseph Murray at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1954. However, this relatively rapid evolution has not been without great difficulties and both clinicians and researchers have devoted significant amounts of time, dedication and resources to overcome the barriers that prevented organ transplants from becoming a widely accepted medical therapy. Throughout this process, the field has relied heavily on technological improvement for the refinement of the technical processes involved in each type of transplant. Today, transplantation is entering a new era characterized by a growing interest in novel methods for the treatment of disease that do not necessarily require transferring solid organs between patients. Areas such as islet transplantation, organ preservation, bioengineering of artificial organs, and stem cell therapies, to name a few, constitute magnificent examples of scenarios where the fusion of technology with cell transplantation biology takes place. However, this rapid expansion in research related to transplantation technology and the growing number of centers and investigators dedicated to this field has led to an increasing requirement for proper channels for the dissemination of information.