Summary of the proposed work:
This interdisciplinary research and teaching project has several clearly-defined goals. The overarching theme is to increase understanding of transplant tolerance in a large cohort of patients undergoing kidney transplantation. Specifically, to evaluate and analyze the nature of achieving clinical tolerance in living renal transplantation using co-transplantation of donor adipose-tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells with clonal deletion, associated with generation of peripheral T-regulatory cells. The second goal is to give seminars on the principles and practice of organ transplantation. The emphasis of these lectures will be on transplant tolerance. The third goal is to establish long-term collaboration with the host institute.
Host Institute: HL Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences, Ahmedabad, India. This institute performs about 400 kidney transplants a year and has developed innovative transplant tolerance models. Link: http://www.ikdrc-its.org/
About the The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is administered by CIES, a division of IIE. The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program comprises approximately forty distinguished lecturing, distinguished research and distinguished lecturing/research awards ranging from three to 12 months. Awards in the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
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Rahul M. Jindal, MD, PhD, MBA
Transplant Surgeon, Walter Reed NMMC
Professor, Department of Surgery & Division of Global Health, Uniformed Services University
Clinical Professor, Departments of Surgery & Medicine, The George Washington University
Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair, 2015-6
Commissioner, Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (http://gosv.maryland.gov/commission.html)
Commissioner, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/humanrights/about/commission.html)
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