The Hume-Lee Transplant Center’s transplant program relies on all disciplines and departments within the VCU Medical Center. The administrative and laboratory support services are paramount to the successes of the transplant center.
Human Leukocyte Antigen Laboratory
The Human Leukocyte Antigen Laboratory opened in 1965 as one of the first of its kind in the world. Under the direction of Pamela Kimball, Ph.D., the lab specializes in antibody detection and compatibility testing to match organ donors with waiting recipients for both the solid organ and bone marrow transplant programs. The HLA Laboratory is located in a recently rebuilt 10,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park.
The center has a laboratory dedicated to the patients under the care of the transplant team. The laboratory staff performs testing for immunosuppressant drug levels, stat laboratory tests and a host of other tests.
Hume-Lee Cell Transplant Facility
Located in the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park, this research facility was the first in the world to successfully treat a patient using cryopreserved hepatocyte cells for human cell transplant therapy in 1993. It is cGMP-certified and IRB- and FDA-approved for treatments utilizing human liver cells and islet cells.
Transplant Surgery Research Laboratory
Located in Sanger Hall, this research facility explores aspects of physiology and immunobiology as they relate to the transplantation of both cells and solid organs. Studies here utilize small-animal models such as rats and mice.