16 million for Xenotransplantation

The team around Prof. Dr. Eckhard Wolf and Prof. Dr. Bruno Reichart will make heart transplants with pig hearts possible in three years

The SFB-Transregio 127 “Xenotransplantation” was extended for four years by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in December 2020 in the third funding period. This is a great success and means approximately four million euros annually for the three locations Munich, Hanover and Dresden. The Munich faculty is in charge of the project with the spokesperson Prof. Dr. Eckhard Wolf from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the co-spokesperson Prof. Dr. Bruno Reichart from the Faculty of Medicine.

The Collaborative Research Center deals with the generation of genetically modified pig tissue and organs in non-human primates, ultimately in humans. The Munich team led by Prof. Dr. Jochen Seißler transplants genetically modified islet cells into diabetic recipient animals, the team led by Prof. Dr. Bruno Reichart transplants pig hearts. Prof. Wolf’s group provides both teams with donor animals.

(f.l.t.r.) Prof. Dr. Arne Skerra, PD Dr. Jan Abicht, Dr. Daniel Reichart, PD Dr. Elisabeth Kemter, Prof. Dr. Bruno Reichart, Dr. Matthias Längin, Dorothea Marquardt, Prof. Dr. Paolo Brenner, Prof. Dr. Eckhard Wolf

Speaker Xenotransplantation:

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Eckhard Wolf
Institute of Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology Gene Centre
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Feodor-Lynen-Str. 25
81377 München
+49 (0) 89 2180 76800