From left to right: Stefania Di Battista, Myriam Harvie, and Gio Mrakade begin their research internship in the Ex Vivo laboratory at the CRCHUM.
The Ex Vivo Lung Transplant Perfusion Program, directed by Dr. Pasquale Ferraro, was created by the Thoracic Surgery Research Foundation of Montreal. In 2014, the CHUM, the only hospital in Quebec where lung transplants are performed, acquired two cutting-edge Ex Vivo lung perfusion devices. One of the devices is used for research at the CRCHUM and the other is used for clinical purposes at the CHUM.
This pioneering acquisition makes it possible to study and verify lung function and better preserve the lungs prior to transplantation. These devices allow the organs to be kept in body-like conditions and ensure that the lungs are supplied with blood and oxygen. This advanced technology also has the potential to recondition grafts deemed marginal, thus making them suitable for transplantation.
This program not only helps to optimize outcomes and increase the number of transplants performed annually at the CHUM, but also ensures the development, success, and sustainability of the lung transplant program.
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