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Release No: 184-97
August 04, 1997

Navy Organ Transplant Breakthrough Briefing

U.S. Navy physicians Capt. David Harlan and Lt. Cmdr. Allan Kirk, medical researchers at U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Md. (NMRI), will provide a summary of their breakthrough in organ transplant research on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, immediately following the 1:30 p.m. Department of Defense brief in the Pentagon briefing studio, Room 2E781. In collaboration with other Navy and civilian partners, Harlan and Kirk have discovered a method to prevent "mismatched" transplanted organs from being rejected, thanks to a new therapy that appears to re-educate the immune system. Both will be available to discuss transplant research and the Navy's immune suppression program.

Media covering the briefing who do not have Pentagon access should contact Lt. Paula Dunn at (703) 697-5342.

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