Egan receives grant for transplant research

Egan receives grant for transplant research click to enlarge Thomas M. Egan, M.D.

Thomas M. Egan, M.D., of the UNC Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has received a $100,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his project "Is there NO solution to IRI? Nitric oxide to improve and expand lung transplant."  The one-year project will explore whether ventilation of lungs after death with nitric oxide reduces ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and results in sustained improvement in function of lungs after transplant.

Dr. Egan, a thoracic surgeon, is exploring whether lungs from non-heart-beating donors (NHBDs) - people who have died of sudden circulatory arrest, away from a hospital - can be used safely for transplant. Using NHBD lungs could increase the number and quality of lungs available for transplant.

Read more about Dr. Egan's research here.