Prestigious award for Leicester researcher’s paper on kidney transplants
Each year at its annual congress, the British Transplantation Society awards two medals in memory of Sir Peter Medawar, founding chairman of the BTS and regarded as ‘the father of transplantation immunology.’ Considered the most prestigious awards in transplantation field, one medal is for the best scientific paper presented at the congress and one for the best clinical paper.
We are delighted to report that Sarah Hosgood, currently studying for her PhD in our Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, was awarded the clinical Medawar Medal for her paper on ‘The first clinical series of normothermic perfusion in marginal donor kidney transplantation‘.
Sarah has been working with Dr Mike Nicholson on the development of the groundbreaking normothermic perfusion technique, which involves flushing the kidney with oxygenated blood and anti-rejection drugs before it is implanted. Early trials show that this greatly reduces the likelihood of rejection, especially when using kidneys from dead donors.
For her paper on the research, Sarah was presented with a silver medal and a cheque for £500.