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University of Birmingham

Liver Transplant: the Ins and Outs

University of Birmingham via FutureLearn


Learn about the fascinating field of liver transplantation

This course covers the history of liver transplantation, from early experiments in the late 1960s to exciting new technological advances in organ preservation happening today. You will find out why there is such an increasing global need for liver transplants, and look at the science behind the operation and the drugs used to prevent organ rejection. We will look at the unique biology of the liver, explaining how one donor organ can help two patients in need, and how some people can eventually manage without any anti-rejection medication.

The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions or respond to individual comments in this course run, but the course encourages a strong learning community. Discussion is an important part of this course – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

The course will be of interest to anyone who is captivated by human biology, transplantation, surgery or your immune system.


  • When livers go bad
    • Introduction
    • Start-up quiz
    • What happens when your liver fails?
    • Liver transplantation ethics and allocation
    • Summary and review
  • The operation
    • Introduction
    • Pre-op
    • The operation
    • Post-Op
    • Summary and review
  • The future of liver transplantation
    • Introduction
    • Future challenges
    • Future solutions
    • Summary and final test

Taught by

Patricia Lalor and Zania Stamataki


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4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 13 ratings

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  • Very interesting for anybody who would like to know more about why people need liver transplants and what the process involves with a lot of useful input from people who have had transplants or are waiting for one.
    Some previous knowledge of basic human biology would be a help to those taking this course.
  • Renny Jelsma

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