Prof. Peter MacDonald
Cardiac Transplantation Laboratory
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Head, Cardiac Transplantation Laboratory
Heart transplantation is far and away the most effective treatment for patients with advanced heart disease. Its application is currently limited to only a small percentage of people who could benefit, due to the scarcity of suitable donor organs. Our research group is working on novel methods of donor management and donor heart preservation with the aim of being able to extend this life-saving treatment to a larger number of Australians.
1. Donor management
2. Ischaemia reperfusion injury
3. Heart Failure
4. Heart Transplantation
5. Pulmonary hypertension
Professor Peter Macdonald and his team are leading a new era in heart transplantation, responsible for the most significant advance in this field in the last three decades.
In a world first, doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital have managed to transplant a heart that had stopped beating.
The donor heart wasn’t beating for up to 20 minutes before it was resuscitated and successfully transplanted.
The heart was brought back to life, then placed on a machine, before it was injected with a ground breaking preservation solution – developed by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital.
The preservation solution extends the time a donor heart can spend in transit, from the previous four to five hour limit, up to as many as 14 hours.
It’s believed 30 percent more lives will be saved using this new technique.
Read more here.
See Prof. Macdonald’s Publication Highlights
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