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Welcome! Congratulations on deciding to learn more about kidney transplant and living donation. Whether you are a patient, family member, friend, potential donor, or healthcare provider, we are here to help.

Explore Transplant is a national consortium of leading experts in transplant, health literacy, and research. Our commitment is to provide you with the best education and decision-making tools available.

Latest news

4 days ago

Dr. Paul Terasaki is spotlighted this month in a multiscreen digital revolving installation in the Switzer Plaza lobby of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The installation features images and quotes highlighting the many ways Dr. Terasaki advanced kidney transplantation, from tissue typing to the transportation of organs. We are proud to carry on his work in partnership with the institute he founded, the Terasaki Research Institute. #kidneytransplant #leadersinmedicine ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago

Are doctors initiating dialysis too early for some patients? JASN article looks at financial incentives for medical providers to forego complex, tailored treatments. https://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2018/10/10/ASN.2018040438 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Barriers to kidney transplant persist for veterans of the U.S. armed forces. A study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found "there remain only seven VA kidney transplant programs nationally, with lower than expected rates of transplantation overall." #kidneytransplant #veterans https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30006419 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

So proud of our partner in science Dr. Vadim Jucaud of the Terasaki Research Institute, on having been awarded his doctorate! From left: Jucaud, Minarni Hardy, and Dr. Steven Hardy, president of TRI. #kidneytransplant ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

We are proud to be celebrating 10 years of partnership between UCLA and NKR. Garet Hil, founder of the National Kidney Registry and a partner of TREC gave a "state of paired-donation" presentation to doctors, healthcare workers, and patients at UCLA's Transplant Center on Thursday. Below, Matthew Everly, director of TREC partner Terasaki Research Institute, Garet Hil, and Jennifer Beaumont, Principal Biostatistician of the Terasaki Research Institute. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

So happy to be speaking at the annual Quality Insights Renal Network 3 Conference. Such a great audience and event space filled with my fellow renal professionals. Thank you for the invitation and all of the positive feedback! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Thank you to Laurie Hines and the Missouri Kidney Program for hosting such as amazing event. Art of the scar is a beautiful tribute to transplantation by UNOS ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

The costs of transplant can include housing, transportation, and medication. UNOS can help steer patients toward assistance in meeting these burdens. #helpisavailable #transplant #kidney
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Transplant news


  • My Transplant Coach – A decision aid for patients with kidney failure

    My Transplant Coach – A decision aid for patients with kidney failure

    Patients with kidney failure have different options when choosing the treatment they feel is best for them, and it’s not always an easy choice to make. According to Dr. Amy Waterman, Professor in the Division of Nephrology at UCLA, and Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at the Terasaki Research Institute, “Patients want to choose the treatment options for kidney failure that help them live the longest. To do that, they have to learn a lot of information about different treatments that can vary based on their health and where they live.” A new resource is available …Learn more
  • Putting Explore Transplant into action

    Putting Explore Transplant into action

    One of the ways we at the Transplant Research and Education Center serve kidney patients is through Explore Transplant, a multi-level consortium of the leading experts in transplant, and a key partner in this endeavor is Health Literacy Media (HLM). In order to get the educational tools we have developed to the people who need it most – the patients – HLM does in-person trainings and workshops with dialysis providers and other professionals caring for people with end stage renal disease (ESRD). To date, HLM has done 125 training sessions. Trainings support discussions about kidney transplant and living donation, to …Learn more
  • Andrea Spraggins, LMSW: kidney recipient

    Andrea Spraggins, LMSW: kidney recipient

    Pontiac, MI – Andrea Spraggins was only nine when she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Her kidneys failed when she was 19, and she was on peritoneal dialysis for two-and-a-half years before she decided to consider kidney transplant as a treatment option. “I was blessed to have supportive family members who offered to be living donors for me when I began dialysis,” said Andrea. “However, I decided to remain strong and do daily peritoneal exchanges because I feared for their safety,” In 1994, at age 22, Andrea finally decided to allow her parents and sister to be tested.Learn more