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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.

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1 week ago

Were you part of a kidney swap or kidney chain? Would you like to help us improve educational resources for future donors and recipients? Take the survey above to learn about how you can get involved in our research, or DM us for details. 👩‍🔬💚 ... See MoreSee Less

Were you part of a kidney swap or kidney chain? Would you like to help us improve educational resources for future donors and recipients? Take the survey above to learn about how you can get involved in our research, or DM us for details. 👩‍🔬💚

1 week ago

The TREC Team had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday with our partner and Terasaki Research CEO, Dr. Hardy, at the annual summer BBQ potluck last week ... See MoreSee Less

The TREC Team had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday with our partner and Terasaki Research CEO, Dr. Hardy, at the annual summer BBQ potluck last week

2 weeks ago

Do you think this is a myth or a fact? Watch to find out! #kidneymythmonday 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Hundreds of thousands of patients are in need of a kidney here in the United States. Living donation can solve the organ donor shortage. Visit explorelivingdonation.org to learn more about living donation! 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

As researchers of kidney disease, kidney donation, and kidney transplant, we are continuously in awe of the human body! Listen to Christina's full donation story at http://explorelivingdonation.org/videos/christina/ 💚🔗😊 ... See MoreSee Less

As researchers of kidney disease, kidney donation, and kidney transplant, we are continuously in awe of the human body! Listen to Christinas full donation story at http://explorelivingdonation.org/videos/christina/ 💚🔗😊

3 weeks ago

Kidney paired exchange allows you to not only help your intended recipient but someone else in the process! Learn more about paired exchange on our website, exploretransplant.org 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Want to hear more advice from people impacted by living kidney donation? Visit our storytelling library at explorelivingdonation.org/videos/amanda 😊💚 ... See MoreSee Less

Want to hear more advice from people impacted by living kidney donation? Visit our storytelling library at explorelivingdonation.org/videos/amanda 😊💚

3 weeks ago

Yesterday we presented our Quality Improvement project on Modular Education Redesign in collaboration with the UCLA Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Center as part of the LEAN Poster Session hosted by UCLA Health ... See MoreSee Less

Yesterday we presented our Quality Improvement project on Modular Education Redesign in collaboration with the UCLA Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Center as part of the LEAN Poster Session hosted by UCLA HealthImage attachmentImage attachment

3 weeks ago

Asking someone for a kidney can be scary! Why not get some advice from our Living Donation Storytellers? Visit explorelivingdonation.org to hear more stories! 🔗💚📖 ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Is kidney disease easy to diagnose? Watch this #kidneymythmonday to find out if this is a myth or a fact! 😊💚🔗 ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Our founder and director was featured on the cover of Indiana University's Alumni Magazine for her work in kidney transplant and donation education! 💚📷 ... See MoreSee Less

Our founder and director was featured on the cover of Indiana Universitys Alumni Magazine for her work in kidney transplant and donation education! 💚📷

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Congrats Amy! You have worked tirelessly trying to help others. So very grateful for your work and dedication to saving lives

awesome job! you are amazing!

Congratulations!! You are super awesome!

Congratulations!

Congratulations on making the cover Amy! Better than Vogue!

Awesome Amy!

Awesome and Wow. Congrats to you coming in from KY

Way to go Amy!!!!

Congrats Amy!!

Congratulations 🎉 Amy Waterman 👍

Awesome!

I love this Cover girl !

Yay Amy Waterman!

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4 weeks ago

What's life like post-kidney transplant? Hear from Ken and hundreds of other transplant recipients on our Living Donation Storytelling Library! 🔗😀explorelivingdonation.org/videos/ken/ ... See MoreSee Less

Whats life like post-kidney transplant? Hear from Ken and hundreds of other transplant recipients on our Living Donation Storytelling Library! 🔗😀explorelivingdonation.org/videos/ken/

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As the recipient of 3 kidney transplants, over 30 years, most recently 2016, I've always remarked at how crazy it is to go under, as a 3-4 on the quality of life scale and within, literally 3-4 hours, get your life back, as if someone flipped a switch and, viola, it's as if you were NEVER sick!!!! Like the miracle of birth, actually re-birth!! BOOM!!! I got my life back!! I will NEVER, EVER stop being in awe of kidney donors. You are God's very special angels, heroes each and every one of you. As my dear friend Dr. David Serur says, " yeah, how about these donors".

1 month ago

One of the best parts of research is sharing your findings with others! Thank you David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for putting on a fantastic research symposium! 😀👨‍🔬💚 ... See MoreSee Less

One of the best parts of research is sharing your findings with others! Thank you David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for putting on a fantastic research symposium! 😀👨‍🔬💚Image attachmentImage attachment

1 month ago

Did you know you can do dialysis at home? Check out this week's #kidneymythmonday to learn more! 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Wishing all of the amazing dads out there a happy Father's Day weekend!!! 💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

We are so honored to be part of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and strive to follow the Cultural North Star framework of doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind in all that we do. This week we recognized and celebrated our colleagues for exemplifying these values everyday🌟💚😊 ... See MoreSee Less

We are so honored to be part of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and strive to follow the Cultural North Star framework of doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind in all that we do. This week we recognized and celebrated  our colleagues for exemplifying these values everyday🌟💚😊Image attachmentImage attachment

1 month ago

How would/did a kidney transplant change your life?!? Visit The Living Donation Storytelling Library to hear hundreds of people talk about their experiences with living donation!! 💚😊 https://explorelivingdonation.org/video/Doris/ ... See MoreSee Less

How would/did a kidney transplant change your life?!? Visit The Living Donation Storytelling Library to hear hundreds of people talk about their experiences with living donation!! 💚😊 https://explorelivingdonation.org/video/Doris/

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I consider it a gift. A very precious, God given gift called perspective. I truly feel blessed. If not for the worry and fear that my challenges burdened my family & friends with, I wouldn’t change a thing.

1 month ago

We celebrated our May & June birthdays yesterday🎂🎉 Lots of Taurus and Gemini energy in this office!♉️♊️ ... See MoreSee Less

We celebrated our May & June birthdays yesterday🎂🎉 Lots of Taurus and Gemini energy in this office!♉️♊️Image attachment

1 month ago

Hi friends, we need your help! If you took part in a kidney paired donation (KPD) or kidney chain and would like to be a part of our study on KPD education, please PM us for details!! 😊💚👩🏼‍🔬 ... See MoreSee Less

Hi friends, we need your help! If you took part in a kidney paired donation (KPD) or kidney chain and would like to be a part of our study on KPD education, please PM us for details!! 😊💚👩🏼‍🔬

1 month ago

Faith can be extremely important to your living donation journey. Visit explorelivingdonation.org to hear more 💚😀 ... See MoreSee Less

Transplant news

INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • 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 ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Dr. Amy Waterman named the 2019 AST Clinician of Distinction

    Dr. Amy Waterman named the 2019 AST Clinician of Distinction

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Amy Waterman has been named the recipient of the 2019 Clinician of Distinction Award by the American Society of Transplantation(AST)! Each year the award is presented to a non-physician clinician who is an expert in their field and who is making outstanding contributions to clinical transplant. This year Dr. Waterman was nominated by Dr. Matthew Cooper, a longtime friend and colleague, and a professor of surgery and the ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Valen Keefer: winning my war against PKD

    Valen Keefer: winning my war against PKD

    Since age five, Valen Keefer has battled and triumphed over seizures, scoliosis surgery, pancreatitis and polycystic kidney disease (PKD). After undergoing dialysis and more than 70 blood transfusions, Valen “won the war” when Sally Robertson gave her a kidney on August 13, 2002. Valen reflects on her transplant journey. As one health issue mounted on top of the next, I did not have time to process the reality of my life as an 18- and ... Read MoreLearn more