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Organ Transplant Pioneers Celebrate Baylor Regional Transplant Institute's 25th Anniversary
Date:11/27/2009

plantation; William Bennett, M.D., a leader in the use of cyclosporine; and Doris Taylor, Ph.D., a lead researcher of the use of stem cells, genes and devices to develop cardiac and vascular technologies.

Many of BRTI's former fellows also came from countries including Israel and Japan to celebrate their alma mater's anniversary. Attendees also took part in a historic symposium commemorating BRTI's milestone.

"The gathering of these great minds is an immense honor to the team at Baylor that has strived for excellence in transplantation. We plan to maintain our status as a recognized world leader in both transplant science and patient care," added Dr. Klintmalm. "One way we will do this is not only by focusing on innovations in transplantation surgery, but also by researching alternative treatments."

Despite transplantation medical advancements, roughly 18 people die each day due to a shortage of donated organs. BRTI's efforts to fight the shortage include research into the use of stem cells to repair and create organs, "personalized" gene-based diagnosis and therapy of organs, and immune system treatment to reduce organ rejection.

About Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Baylor Health Care System Foundation, a separately incorporated not-for-profit organization, raises and manages charitable funds to support Baylor Health Care System's mission of providing exemplary health care, education, research and community service. Since the foundation was established in 1978, it has distributed more than $325 million to Baylor Health Care System. Support comes from more than 10,000 active donors, including individuals, corporations and other private foundations. For more information about Baylor Health Care System Foundation, visit www.baylorhealth.com/WaysToGive.

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