Translational research fuels discovery at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) is well known for its diverse research portfolio. The program actively maintains nearly 2,000 active and enrolling projects across more than 50 medical specialties each year, including initiatives supported by its translational research program. The program is focused on driving innovation by working with clinical teams across the Baylor Scott & White Health System to develop new medicines and diagnostic tests. The translational research team’s approach to discovery of “bench-to-bedside- and- back-to-bench” allows BSWRI to continue to be a major contributor to advancements in medical science.

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Kidney Transplant Updates – Allocation, Internal Paired Exchange and Transplants in Patients Over Age 70

In March, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) launched a new policy for matching kidney transplant candidates with organs from deceased donors. Donated kidneys are now offered first to candidates listed at transplant hospitals within 250 nautical miles of the donor hospital. A kidney that is not accepted for any of these candidates will then be offered to candidates beyond the 250 nautical mile distance.

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Research team looks to establish new dementia caregiver support solutions

Caring for family members with dementia and other forms of Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult task, and it is common for caregivers to feel overwhelmed due to the physical and emotional demands of the role. Researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute’s (BSWRI) Center for Applied Health Research (CAHR) are engaged in groundbreaking studies to understand how to improve the quality of life for these caregivers. This work has taken on even greater implications now as COVID-19 creates greater isolation for caregivers making their role even more challenging.

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Next generation total artificial heart as bridge to transplant in landmark trial at BSW

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute was recently selected as one of only seven sites in the nation to participate in the landmark feasibility study of the Carmat Total Artificial Heart (TAH) for transplant-eligible patients in severe, end-stage heart failure. It is also the only site to offer the FDA-approved TAH in the region.

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