Let’s explore transplant together
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.
INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS
- 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
- 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
- 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