The medicine behind organ transplantation

The Project

In this pre-med project, you will have a unique experience facing current challenges and opportunities in kidney transplantation. Transplant science is a successfull model of translational medicine gathering basic and clinical researchers. In a very practical way, you will be first provided with the clues of transplant success by a team of experts. You will know about all critical steps in the transplant process, from organ procurement and robotic surgery to modern immunosuppression. Then, you will be introduced to the new concepts and methodologies we are working on in our laboratory. You will see new tools for monitoring the immune response and perform some experiments with renal progenitor cells. By this background, you will have some hints to generate your hypothesis to be tested in future studies.

During this project, you will feel like a real and passionate surgeon or physician in search of the holy grail of long-term transplant survival.

Do you accept the challenge?

Matching profiles

This project is addressed to students interested in Health sciences, Biomedicine, Biology or Chemistry.

Learning objectives
  • To understand the consequences of chronic kidney failure and why kidney transplantation is the best option.
  • To know about the importance of kidney donation and major surgical advances in kidney transplantation.
  • To learn on the mechanisms of rejection, management of immunosuppression, and kidney regeneration.
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Coordinators of the project

Josep Maria Cruzado

  • Chief of the Department of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation at Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge and Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Barcelona.
  • President of the Catalan Society of Nephrology and Associate Editor in the American Journal of Transplantation and Clinical Kidney Journal.
  • Awarded the Fundación Renal Ínigo Álvarez de Toledo Prize for Clinical Investigation in 2013 and 2017.
  • Research interests focus on renal transplantation, kidney regeneration and diabetic kidney disease.

Francesc Vigués

  • Chief of the Department of Urology at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge and Associate Professor of Urology at University of Barcelona.
  • Head of the surgical Kidney transplant program at the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge since 2016.
  • Work focused in the surgical aspects of transplantation, especially in the minimally invasive surgery field.
  • Initialization in the laparoscopic nephrectomy for the live donor transplantation at the Bellvitge Hospital and, recently, the robot kidney transplantation program.
  • Member of the European Association of Urology (EAU) Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) and the Robotic Assisted Kidney Transplantation Group.
Sergi Codina

Sergi Codina

  • Nephrologist
Associated researchers

Núria Lloberas

  • Researcher in the Nephrology and Renal Transplantation group at IDIBELL.
  • Broad background in pharmacology, with specific training and expertise in pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics and population pharmacokinetics studies to optimize the administration of immunosuppression in kidney transplant recipients.

Anna Solà

  • Associated Researcher in the Nephrology and Renal Transplantation Group (IDIBELL-Hospital de Bellvitge).
  • Co-foundator of a biotechnological spin-off, focused on cell therapy in regenerative medicine obtaining in 2017 the approval of the AEM for the Phase II Clinical Trial of the company's first product.
  • Different international and national collaborations and actively participate in the European Commission in evaluations associated with the Marie Curie system since 2011.

Nicolás Manito

  • Cardiologist
  • Head of Cardiac Insufficiency and Transplantation at the University Hospital of Bellvitge.

Gabriel Moreno

  • Transplant coordinator at Bellvitge University Hospital

Laura Anguela

  • Transplant Coordinator at Bellvitge University Hospital.

Eduardo Melilli

  • Nephrologist

Maria Quero

  • Nephrologist

Diego Sandoval

  • Nephrologist

Begoña Etcheverry

  • Urologist

Maria Fiol

  • Urologist

Anna Manonelles

  • Nephrologist

José Francisco Suárez

  • Urologist

Adrián Mallén

  • Lab scientist
The center

Bellivitge Hospital University (HUB) was opened in 1972 and is located in the city of Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) and belongs to the Catalan Health Institute (ICS). The HUB is one of the only five hospitals in all Catalonia certified as third level center, allowing to treat high level complexity cases, and is of reference to more than 2 million of people.