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The first Maltese patient, Maria (name changed for journalistic purposes), has received a lung transplant in Italy. The transplant operation is not available in Malta, so Maria and her family traveled to UPMC ISMETT in Italy to receive treatment and transplantation services for Maria's severe pulmonary fibrosis condition, which had progressed to end-stage respiratory failure.

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Singapore-based and Australia-listed Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT), announced today it has formalized an agreement with UPMC, a $10-billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, to develop a Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) in Singapore to treat liver, kidney, stem cell, and bone marrow diseases.

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In a major milestone for a project that will expand scientific research in Italy, architectural firm HOK has been selected as lead architect for a new biomedical research center to be built in Sicily. The Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC), to be managed by UPMC and funded by the Italian government, is expected to open in 2016 and will eventually employ more than 600 scientists and other staff.

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