Shuji Miyagawa

Osaka University

Dr. Shuji Miyagawa is an associate professor of Surgery at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. After graduating at Hokkaido University Medical School, he finished clinical training in the first Department of Surgery, Osaka University Medical School. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in transplantation immunology from the same university in 1989. Dr. Shuji Miyagawa worked at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston as a research associate from 1988 to 1990. He became an assistant professor in 1995 and associate professor at Osaka University in 1998. His works have been presented in numerous international meetings, especially the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA), and he held the IXA-2013 in Osaka as the president. He was a councilor of IXA, 2013 to 2017, and now the president of Japanese Society for Xenotransplantation (JSX).

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Recently, remarkable progress has been made in the area of preclinical xenotransplantation experiments. Surprisingly, a heterotopic heart from the gene-editing pig continued to beat for almost 2.5 years, when implanted in the monkey abdomen, and a pig life-supporting kidney could also function for over 1.3 years in monkeys. Concerning islets, islets from gene-editing pigs could work for more than one year in monkeys. It is noteworthy that one group reported a survival of adult wild-type pig islets of over 600 days. On the other hand, the progress in these preclinical trials strongly affected not only the xenotransplantation study itself but regeneration studies to use pigs as a scaffold to foster human induced pluripotent stem cells.

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