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We are working on improving preservation and reconditioning strategies for kidney and liver organs procured for transplantation.

The COPE Consortium members.
The COPE Consortium members.

The COPE Consortium is funded by a European Commission FP7 Award, and is the official organ preservation task force of the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT). The Consortium brings together academic institutions, clinical and scientific experts and SMEs from across Europe to work together on advancing organ preservation techniques.

The COPE consortium aims to advance and develop organ preservation technologies by performing clinical and translational studies with on-going experimental refinement. Through testing the quality and safety, increasing the efficiency and refining preservation strategies we aim to bring technologies from the bench to the bedside.

Focusing on four clinical trials across Europe the Consortium will be working on improving preservation and reconditioning strategies for kidney and liver organs procured for transplantation. By exploiting collaborations between industry and academic institutions we aim to introduce organ preservation technologies that will increase the number and quality of grafts used for transplantation.

The four strategic objectives of the programme are:

  1. To test in clinical trials a number of novel clinical approaches to repairing and preserving high-risk donor organs
  2. To investigate in experimental models a number of novel scientific approaches to organ repair and regeneration. 
  3. To develop new objective methods to measure and predict the viability and outcome of donated organs.
  4. To develop an integrated network of academic clinicians and scientists in Europe that, in collaboration with SMEs and ESOT, will develop and implement new medical therapies and devices in organ transplantation.

Our team

Selected publications


Liver study completes its trial recruitment

The Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences is delighted to announce that the COPE Consortium has completed its trial recruitment in its European liver study.

Professor of transplantation wins inaugural clinical science award

Professor Peter Friend, professor of transplantation at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, has been selected the inaugural recipient of the American Journal of Transplantation (AJT) Award for Clinical Science.

Blog posts

Dying For a Transplant

Dr Zeeshan Akhtar has written a post for the Oxford Science Blog about his research into how we could ensure more organs are suitable for transplant.

Related research themes