Transplantation and Regeneration in the Heart of the Mediterranean

Fabio Triolo, Giada Pietrosi, Cesare Scardulla, Bruno Gridelli

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The second half of the 20th century witnessed the birth of organ transplantation, and failing organs can now be replaced with healthy ones procured from living or cadaveric donors, allowing their recipient to start, or return to, an active life. Major milestones in the field were set in the eighties and nineties at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), an institution that made it a mission to spread its expertise internationally. A successful partnership between UPMC and the Region of Sicily gave rise to the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Highly Specialized Therapies (ISMETT), the only Italian facility entirely dedicated to transplantation of all solid organs and therapies for the treatment of end-stage organ failure. In its first seven years of activity, ISMETT has become a major referral center for patients from the entire Mediterranean Basin and the Middle East. Despite the fact that organ transplantation is the current gold standard for end-stage organ failure, the field is facing a worldwide emergency represented by the chronic shortage of organ donors. Research aimed at understanding the molecular networks involved in organ-specific ageing and their relationship with maintenance networks and organ failure should be actively encouraged and supported as it could ultimately allow to control organ performance and lifespan, increasing the number of organs available for transplant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalMechanisms of Ageing and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007


  • ageing
  • maintenance medicine
  • Organ failure
  • regeneration
  • regenerative medicine
  • transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental Biology
  • Developmental Neuroscience


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