The research, published in the journal Nature, is the first multinational randomized study of its kind comparing conventional cold storage in an ice box with a technique called normothermic machine perfusion in 220 liver transplant patients. The device used for normothermic machine preservation was developed by OrganOx Ltd, a MedTech business spun-out from the University of Oxford as a result of a collaboration between Professor Peter Friend (Nuffield Deparmtent of Surgical Sciences) and Professor Constantin Coussios (Institute of Biomedical Engineering).
Dr David Nasralla, lead author of the study, said: ‘This research has the potential to profoundly improve liver transplants globally.'
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