Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were on the road this week. Our weekly In The News update first takes us to sunny Orlando, Fla., where the 19th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease began Feb. 24.
A recent grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will fund a new study of advanced transplantation techniques. The study, which is being led by Children’s Hospital’s Wayne Hancock, MBBS, PhD, FRCPA, will focus on vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA), a type of transplantation in which multiple tissues — such as an entire hand — are transplanted “as a functional unit,” according to the American Society of Transplantation (AST). In particular, Dr. Hancock and his team will be working to develop “new approaches to immunosuppression,” he said.