David Rodríguez-Arias, researcher at FiloLab, is taking part in the TTV GUIDE project (Torque Teno Virus Immune Monitoring), an initiative aimed at creating an innovative tool to quantify the immune system activity in kidney transplant recipients: the Torque Teno Virus (TTV). The research group consists of a consortium of kidney transplant practitioners, clinical virologists, clinical trial and project managers, ethicists and health industry professionals financed by the European Union. This project aims to improve kidney transplant effectiveness, individually adjusting medication that transplanted individuals receive to avoid two severe problems: infection (caused by over-immunosuppression) and transplant rejection (caused by a lack of immunosuppressive medication). It is a five-year-long project which has been funded by Horizon 2020. It is estimated that it has the potential to reduce the risk of transplant rejection by 20%. This would not only greatly improve the quality of life and increase the life expectancy of many people, but would also reduce annual health spending in the European Union by €50 million. The University of Granada will be in charge of monitoring and advising on the ethical aspects of the project which concern risk-benefit estimates, quality of information and consent of participants/patients as well as their security and data protection.

TTV Guide from Coordinator TTV Guide on Vimeo.

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