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U celebrates 50th anniversary of solid organ transplantation with gala, patient conference

October 18 & 19

The University of Minnesota recently performed its 8,000th kidney transplant-which coincided with the 50-year anniversary of Minnesota’s first-ever kidney transplant, also performed at the U of M. In the past half century, the University has established its place as a world leader in solid organ transplant.

“As the field has evolved, so has our program, says Timothy Pruett, M.D., chief of the Medical School’s Division of Transplantation. “We have pushed and refined transplant treatment.”

He cites cell-based therapy, steroid-avoidance therapy, and allo-islet cell transplants (in which islet cells from a donor pancreas are infused into a patient with severe diabetes) as just a few of Minnesota’s pioneering advances.

U physicians and patients are gearing up to celebrate the anniversary with a gala on Oct. 18 and a patient education conference Oct. 19 on the University of Minnesota campus. To register or learn more about the event, visit

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