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The Tulane Kidney Living Donor program says there is a shortage of organs.

"It's rare that somebody finds somebody on social media that's not directly related to them, but I do expect that to go up a little bit. Our job as a transplant center is to make sure this happens safely, the donor and the recipient both understand the risks of this," explained Dr. Anil Paramesh, a Professor of Surgery, Urology, and pediatrics and the Surgical Director for the Kidney, Pancreas and Living Donor program at Tulane. Hear more about the amazing story of 2 moms who found living donors on Facebook from WWL-TV's Meg Farris.

April 28 - May 1, 2018   |   New Orleans, LA

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We are pleased to announce that we are officially a LITES network study site.  The Linking Investigations in Trauma and Emergency Services (LITES) is a research network of US trauma systems and centers with the capability to conduct prospective, multi-center, injury care and outcomes research of relevance to the Department of Defense (DOD).



New Orleans Kidney Walk Hits Home for Mom of 3

"A lot of people in Louisiana have kidney disease because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes," she says. "But I never got the gravity of it until I had my transplant." - Gina MacLaren

Tulane's Dr. Anil Paramesh, a transplant surgeon helped Gina MacLaren find a matching donor.

Read more in the Times Picayune story by Sheila Stroup


Dr. Mimi Sammarco, PhD, faculty in the Department of Surgery, is a participant in an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant that mentors junior faculty to become competitive independent researchers in the field of aging research. Sammarco investigates ways to promote regeneration of soft tissue and bone in the context of aging. Dr. Sammarco uses the mouse digit regeneration model to gain a more thorough understanding of how the role of oxygen and cellular metabolism affect regeneration in an aged model in order to delineate between regeneration-competent and incompetent tissue environments. This five year NIH grant is in its Phase II and is administered through the Tulane University Center of Aging under the directorship of Dr. S. Michal Jazwinski who developed the COBRE project to expand faculty expertise in aging-related topics.

Sammarco was also awarded a Tulane Equipment Grant towards the purchase of an ex vivo microCT scanner. This equipment will leverage the research of many labs here at the Tulane School of Medicine.

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