Organ 'biological age' could predict transplant success

Medical Xpress

Factors regulating the biological age of a transplanted kidney (miles on the clock ) as opposed to the chronological age (calendar years) are key to determining how well it will work after transplantation, a new study has revealed.

Researchers from the Glasgow Ageing Research Network (GARNER), based at the University of Glasgow's Institute of Cancer Sciences and the NHS GG&C Renal Unit, have found that these factors can provide doctors with a more accurate advanced indication of post-transplant outcomes and thus better patient management.

The study, which was published in Plos One, examined kidney transplant data to create a pre-transplant performance scoring system called the Glasgow Renal Prognostic Scoring System (GRPSS). Continue reading