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Disease Area Respiratory

Video of the Month

We previously highlighted the brilliant biomedical imagery of ex vivo lung perfusion (1) – circulating fluid through damaged lungs to stabilize them for subsequent use in a transplant. The main limitation of this earlier iteration was the approximate six-hour use of the apparatus, but a group of researchers from Columbia University have boosted that exponentially to 36-hour support of lungs.

The video below shows an accelerated time-lapse of a pair of lungs being perfused for approximately 36 hours. In the top right is the patient data, while the bottom right displays the perfusion machine statistics.

Credit: Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic/Columbia Engineering.

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  1. C Barker, W Aryitey, “The Art of Translation”, The Translational Scientist, 7, 36 (2016). Available at:
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