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10-Year Experience of Face Transplantation: From Bench to Bedside and then Back

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Diagnostics Grand Rounds

Diagnostics Grand Rounds brings clinicians with unmet needs to the Wyss Institute. The goal of these sessions is to inform technology developers about important clinical problems that can help them direct their technology development efforts. Presenters are asked to identify diagnostic needs that will have an impact on the quality of care they deliver.

In this session, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, Director of Plastic Surgery Transplantation at BWH, and Dr. Leonardo V. Riella, Director of Kidney Transplantation at MGH, will review the clinical and research aspect of face transplantation ranging from clinical application, challenges, and research opportunities. The BWH was the site of the first transplant in the world in 1954, and 60 years later, have established the largest face transplant program. This program was built as an experimental clinical program with strong basic/translational research better to understand the immune response in vascularized composite tissue transplantation, identifying potential earlier biomarkers of injury and novel treatment strategies to reduce the rejection rate.

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