If the family doesn’t agree, the surgery won’t go ahead.
A parliamentary committee report recommends the Australian government investigate whether an opt-out system could help increase donation rates. But the evidence suggests it wouldn't.
Fundamental questions of ethics are involved in donor transplant decisions.
Doctors in South Africa performed a liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor to a HIV-negative recipient. Major ethical questions came into play.
I joined a Facebook group about organ donation. Within two days an Indian man offered to sell me his kidney.
Running on a transplanted liver.
Sport can provide organ recipients with motivation and a chance to celebrate.
3D bioprinted channel, representing a blood vessel within a hydrogel that mimics human tissue.
Forget, Heiny, Derme, Mitterberger, Shastri
3D bioprinting of living cells and materials may contribute to faster and cheaper ways to create effective new drugs - and even reduce animal testing.
Growing human organs in pigs mean they’re doing our dirty work for us.
We're living longer and more ill lives – could we use animals to grow human organs for transplants?
A ready source of hearts…one day.
A baboon survived nearly three years with a pigs heart, so does that mean cross-species transplantation is imminent?
The cultivation of pig organs for human transplantation carries great risk and promise.
Public attention is focused on whether we should use gene editing technology on embryos, but it could potentially have a bigger and more immediate impact on human health via animal organ donation.
Despite having a higher than average rate of viable donors, Australia’s organ donation rate is lower than much of the developed world.
Australia was once a world leader in organ donations, but today it lags much of the developed world. William Isdale speaks with Aric Bendorf about how to improve Australia's organ donation rates.
It’s time to go beyond improving the mechanisms for implementing existing laws.
Australia’s organ donation levels are low by international standards. At least twenty countries achieve better donation rates than Australia's 16.1 donors per million population (DPM).
He who shoots first gets frozen longest.
If frogs can freeze and live to tell the tale, why can't humans?
Why do some people fare worse after heart transplants than others?
Heart anatomy image via www.shutterstock.com
New research shows that black patients are more likely to have heart transplants at the worst-performing centers. So how do patients choose where to go for surgery?
More Australians may be able to donate or receive organs if proposed NHMRC guidelines are adopted.
Australia has never had a great deceased organ donor rate – and it fell last year. But proposed guidelines from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) could change how donor organs are…
Trust in doctors to do the right thing.
Organ by Shutterstock
The recent inquest into a case in Wales where two patients died following kidney transplants has focused fresh attention on the risks associated with transplantation. No transplant is risk-free, but the…
Pig cells could be used to deliver insulin to Type 1 diabetes patients via an implant under the skin, potentially freeing…
We love the NHS but maybe we love life more.
Giving priority for transplants to people who have joined the organ donor register (ODR) isn’t a new idea and is already happening in countries such as Israel and Singapore. In Israel, where a points-based…
The hidden scars of the organ trade.
Organ trafficking and illicit transplant surgeries have infiltrated global medical practice. But despite the evidence of widespread criminal networks and several limited prosecutions in countries including…
Immune system cells, called T-cells, fight foreign tissue which often results in the rejection of transplanted organs, researchers…
Many women believe that experiencing pregnancy is a key component of motherhood.
Dhini van Heeren
On a weekend in mid-September 2012, a team of gynaecologists and transplant specialists at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, performed two uterus transplants with living donors. In both cases…
A non-invasive imaging technique may help determine whether children who have had heart transplants are showing early signs…