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Butler receives Duke Transplant Center pilot project funding

Monday, May 23, 2016

Megan Butler, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition), is part of a team that recently received Duke Transplant Center pilot project funding, which is designed to provide funding for high impact pilot studies while simultaneously supporting junior investigators.

Butler’s collaborators include William Steinbach, MD, professor of pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and molecular genetics and microbiology, and Deborah Sudan, professor of surgery and pediatrics. Their project is entitled, "Donor specific HLA antibodies in pediatric liver recipients."
 
This grant will allow Butler’s team to form the basis of a registry, but also includes funding to allow Duke to join the Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplantation (SPLIT) registry group.  This marks an important milestone for the pediatric liver transplant program--joining SPLIT allows for research and clinical collaboration among major pediatric liver transplant programs in the country.  

“This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication that Megan and her team have to making the pediatric liver transplant program a nationally recognized program,” says Ann M. Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief, Duke Children’s.