Successful organ transplantation depends on an array of medical factors. Patients must have frequent care visits with their specialists, follow a customized regimen of anti-rejection medications and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
More research must be done to ensure these patients with complex needs have long, healthy lives. After undergoing a transplant, a patient must take a number of immunosuppressant drugs to prevent their body's defenses from attacking and rejecting their new organ. While these drugs help a transplanted organ thrive, they are also taxing on the body. For a transplant patient to survive, it is essential to understand the appropriate regimen of anti-rejection medications.
Mayo doctors performed their first clinical transplant in 1963. Since then, our efforts to continually improve and expand organ transplantation have placed Mayo at the leading edge of clinical and basic transplant research worldwide.
Mayo Clinic has preeminent adult and pediatric transplant programs, offering heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lung, hand, face, and blood and bone marrow transplant services. Each year, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center performs an unparalleled number of solid organ transplants and blood and bone marrow transplants. Building on this success, Mayo Clinic researchers are committed to advancing transplantation science from discovery to translational studies to collaborative clinical trials to address unmet patient needs.
Transplant patients face life-threatening challenges, and Mayo Clinic is positioned to increase survival rates by providing the most effective care strategies tailored to our patients. Research activities in the Transplant Center at Mayo Clinic contribute significantly to the successful outcomes.
Investigators in the Mayo Clinic Transplant Center study improve surgical procedures, develop new anti-rejection medications, study how to improve outcomes, and care for people who need transplants. In addition, research focuses on finding alternative therapies for people who may not need a transplant. This research is performed in coordination with other major Mayo Clinic centers, including the Center for Regenerative Medicine, the Center for Individualized Medicine, and the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.
The health care landscape is changing, and Mayo Clinic is leading the way because visionary benefactors recognize their power to make a difference. Mayo Clinic is advancing medicine by putting patient needs at the center of medical education, research, innovation and care.
With your support, we will accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new, life-altering treatments and technologies to benefit transplant patients as soon as possible. This opportunity is an investment that yields hope and healing for countless patients and their families. Give today.