Steroid therapies can be eliminated after transplantationUse of modern immunosuppressive drugs eliminates the need for steroid therapy as early as one week following a transplant surgery besides maintaining kidney function.

Steve Woodle, MD, chief of UC’s transplant surgery division, principal investigator and designer of the study, said that elimination of a daily dose of steroids after transplant reduces chronic health conditions common to kidney transplant recipients.

This study also involved researchers from the University of Wisconsin; the University of Utah; the Methodist Hospital, Houston; and Weill Cornell Medical College and was funded by Astellas Pharma U.S., Inc.