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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

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 week 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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2 weeks ago

Celebrating clarity, dismantling barriers: In "Transplant News" we measure one step toward fair access to transplant. #disparities #onestepatatime #kidneytransplant https://exploretransplant.org/celebrating-clarity-saving-lives/ ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Remembering the late #PaulTerasaki, in the week of his birthday, September 10. Dr. Terasaki founded TREC's partner organization, the Terasaki Research Institute. Among his most notable contributions, Dr. Terasaki developed the microcytotoxicity test, which became the international standard by 1970. We are proud to continue Dr. Terasaki's work in #organtransplant. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

We our very proud to let our community know Explore Transplant's educational materials have won a Merit Award in the 25th annual National Health Information awards! ET's materials are made for real-world use through a partnership of the Transplant Research and Education Center and Health Literacy Media. Equal access to information is what it's all about. #transplant #kidney #disparities ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Today we are celebrating a big win for living kidney donors, their families, and their communities. Thank you to Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), who pushed to have the labor department include kidney donation in its definition of serious medical conditions. This means kidney donors get Family Medical Leave Act protections and can leave work without losing pay for donating a kidney. #kidneydonation #ASTS #Terasakiresearchinstitute #exploretxplant #wereinthis together ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Thursday was crown and cake day at TREC as we celebrated Dr. Amy Waterman becoming a full professor! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Translating Explore Transplant into action: Today our partner Health Literacy Media conducts its 125th ET training session for dialysis providers today through Duke University + Duke Kidney! #dialysis#kidneytransplant #healthliteracy #HLM ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Great exposure for living transplant as Dr. Waterman is MM.LaFleur's "Woman of the Week!"
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1 month ago

We are very excited to see Dr. Waterman profiled by MM.LaFleur in The M Dash, a blog celebrating powerful, creative women,
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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, Associate Professor in the Division of Nephrology at UCLA, and Deputy 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 …Learn more
  • Celebrating clarity, saving lives

    Celebrating clarity, saving lives

    A few days ago, we celebrated a win for everyone affected by kidney disease as one of the uncertainties facing living kidney donors was erased. In response to Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-WA) amendment of the Family and  Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Labor Department issued a legal opinion stating its agreement that kidney donation qualifies as a “serious health condition.” The August 28 opinion’s introductory words are as follows: “This letter responds to your request for an opinion letter concerning whether organ-donation surgery can qualify as a ‘serious health condition’ under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 …Learn more
  • Eldonna Edwards: living kidney donor

    Eldonna Edwards: living kidney donor

    Eldonna donated to a stranger, but she gained a dear friend San Luis Obispo, CA — When Eldonna Edwards went back to college at age 48, she never expected that the biggest lesson would be one that can’t be learned in a classroom. A chance meeting with a young woman with kidney disease ended up setting Eldonna on a path she never planned to take. Upon learning of her classmate’s probable fate, Eldonna offered to donate a kidney but the student turned her down, partly because she wasn’t ready and partly due to outdated rules that prohibited non-related donors at …Learn more