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A team of researchers from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra University Hospital Center, and with the collaboration of the University Buffalo, from the United States, is developing a project to avoid so many failures in kidney transplants. 

The project was motivated by the fact that about 50% of kidneys “from deceased donors” are rejected for transplant “because current methods of grading kidney biopsies, an essential way for the doctor to decide whether the donated organ can be used or not, are subjective and prone to evaluation errors” explained the University of Coimbra. This research predicts that between 10 and 25% of organs will be used.

Portugal has one of the highest incidence rates of terminal disease in Europe, and the waiting list for transplants is extensive.

In practice, the research is working on an intelligent algorithm to help doctors evaluate kidney biopsies from deceased donors at the time of harvesting. In this way, they can overcome the error of the current methods, which are “visual, semi-quantitative, and sometimes inaccurate.”

At the moment, the team is collecting information from patients, which will be applied to learning and training the algorithm.

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