Transplant Explosion Predicted
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16-A Sat., March 29. 1980 SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER The Times Transplant explosion predicted By SALLY REESE Times Medical Writer The surgeon who did the first hu-man liver transplant said here Fri-day the '80s promise to be the decade of "an organ transplant explosion." Medicine in the '80s will be enormously involved with trans-plantation, said Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, a pioneer in the biology and clinical science of transplantation. He predicted advance on a broad front, to be spearheaded by the kidney but also including bone mar-row, heart, liver, pancreas and other organ transplants. The focus will be on treatment and how to do it better, said the chairman and professor of surgery at the Uni-versity of Colorado, Denver, a man reputed to have literally standard-ized renal transplantation. In both an interview and a lecture at LSU Medical Center, Starzl said the prospects of eliminating rejec-tion are most promising, and medi-cine, by exploiting new techniques, should conquer that problem in this decade. Attention will be riveted on im-munology, where all depends, he said, but "things that have happened in the past 24 months" are most encouraging. Three new methods dealing with immunization are being evaluated in this country and Europe, he re-ported. To him, the most promising is a new immunosuppressive drug which could "open a cascade of events." This is Cycosporin A, "a really revolutionary drug" which be-came available for clinical trials late last year. Starzl said Cycosporin A, an ex-tract from two fungi discovered by biochemists in an industrial lab, has been used in four liver and 25 kidney transplants at the University of Colo-rado, "and we're fantastically en-couraged by results." This "very superior suppressant agent" pro-duced "stunning results" in bone marrow transplant in Sussex, Eng-land, he said. Starzl is internationally known for his work in transplantation, in which he has been engaged for 20 years. He was the latest lecturer in LSU Medi-cal Center's visiting scientist series and staff and student filled the auditorium to hear him speak.
|Title||Transplant Explosion Predicted|
Starzl, Thomas E.
Louisiana State University Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
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