State parliament support xenotransplantation

03/2022 | News

The health politicians of the CSU in the state parliament support xenotransplantation with 400,000 euros

The health politicians of the Bavarian CSU parliamentary group are pushing cardiac xenotransplantation. With 400,000 euros from the so-called “coalition reserve” of the government factions of the CSU (Christlich-Soziale Union) and Freie Wähler, they support the research team led by the Munich heart surgeon Professor Bruno Reichart and thus enable a medical breakthrough for terminally ill patients: In 2024 pig hearts are to be transplanted into eight patients at the Großhadern Clinic of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).

"With the so-called xenotransplantation, we can combat organ shortage and give hope to many critically ill people and their families," explained Bernhard Seidenath, Chairman of the parliamentary working group Health of the CSU and Chairman of the Health Commitee of the Bavarian State Parliament. The working group, which also includes members Dr. Beate Merk, Barbara Becker, Alfons Brandl, Karl Freller, Andreas Lorenz, Martin Mittag and Helmut Radlmeier visited Professor Reichart and his team in Großhadern during its retreat in September 2021 and was immediately enthusiastically supportive.

"If hopes are fulfilled, this will be THE breakthrough in transplantation medicine - and a salvation for thousands of families in Bavaria. In this budget year, the government factions will once again fund a total of 16 groundbreaking projects in medicine and health research. But this is the most promising project,” emphasized Seidenath.