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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

2 days ago

It takes a village: Dr. Waterman celebrates the journey to full professorship. Terasaki Research Institute National Kidney Registry Health Literacy Media UCLA OneLegacy Insight Policy Research, Inc. StoryTap Kaiser Health News https://exploretransplant.org/celebrating-a-year-in-transplant ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

That's a wrap! Explore Transplant ends 2018 celebrating their 130th Dialysis Provider Training in partnership with Houston Methodist. Joe Sharp and Christina Goalby educated two amazing groups in Houston on Dec.11th and Austin on Dec 13th. Can't wait to see what 2019 has in store for us! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

3000 and counting. Our partner the #NationalKidneyRegistry reached a big milestone this Tuesday with its 3000th paired-donation kidney transplant. Surgery took place at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Worldwide, NKR has facilitated more paired-donation kidney transplants than any other single registry. #milestone #kidneytransplant #NKR
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3 weeks ago

On #GivingTuesday we honor the gifts of the 6,181 people who became living organ donors in 2017. #SavingLives #WeAreInThisTogether #OneLove ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

The cost of insurance premiums is one of the silent barriers to kidney transplant. Financial help from the American Kidney Fund assisted nearly 1,000 dialysis patients this year in getting a transplant and post-surgery care. https://prnewswire.com/news-releases/… ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

It's Amy Waterman here, Founder of www.ExploreTransplant.org. So happy to have you learning about transplant and living donation here with us and on the site.

Some of you are considering living donation, have already donated a kidney, or have received a living donor kidney. Our UCLA lab needs a little help on a research project about living donation- if you would be willing to let us tell you more about it, PM our site. All the best to you!
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1 month ago

Explore Transplant Dialysis Provider Training #127 completed! Another 40+ amazing professionals from South Carolina, North Carolina and even West Virginia trained on ways to support patients“ transplant decision making. Thank you Duke Transplant for your ongoing partnership and to my fabulous co-trainer Jess Farrell. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration granted $1.2 million to TREC, in partnership with the National Kidney Registry, the Terasaki Research Institute, and Health Literacy Media, to improve educational resources -- and access -- to paired kidney donation. Find out what paired donation is and why it's so vital, here: https://exploretransplant.org/1-2-million-hrsa-grant-furthering-trecs-research-in-paired-donation/ #transplant #paired donation ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Leadership as science: Co-led by Dr. Waterman, course at UCLA's Luskin Center examines leadership beyond behavior -- as a way of being. #BeingALeader #theCourse https://luskinconferencecenter.ucla.edu/being-leader/… ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

It bears repeating -- and sharing: If you need a kidney or know someone who might, you need to know about the National Kidney Registry. The National Kidney Registry uses the power of technology and large pools of donor/recipient pairs to find better matches through “paired exchange.”
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2 months ago

Paired kidney donation saves lives by increasing the number of living-donor kidneys available for transplant. Crucial to the success of this innovative program is that organs for hard-to-match patients be ensured as well as fair access to patients of all races and backgrounds. Two articles recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation, co-authored by Dr. Amy Waterman, take a look at how the system is doing. “The first 9 years of paired donation through the National Kidney Registry” (NKR) examines the demographics of NKR’s participants, finding that the independent organization serves a population similar to that of government programs. The second article, in the same issue, asks the question “Do the hard-to-match accumulate?” – i.e., are the easier-to-match patients getting transplants more promptly while blood-type-O and highly sensitized patients languish. Encouragingly, this study found harder-to-match patients faring better than in the beginning years of paired donation, despite early concerns about the system’s ability to serve them, especially for type Os.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/ajt.15046
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2 months ago

Chronic kidney disease is global. A new study looks at CKD in southern Asia. #chronickidneydisease #globalhealthhttps://bmcnephrol.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12882-018-1072-5 ... 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
  • Celebrating a year in transplant

    Celebrating a year in transplant

    As we approach the year’s end, rushing to meet deadlines and making time for family and friends, I can’t help but pause and take stock in all that we at TREC have accomplished this year. Together with our partners, we’ve published a dozen new papers and abstracts, presented at the American Transplant Conference and the Transplantation Society’s 2018 International Congress and the American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, launched four new studies ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Karen Willis: living kidney donor

    Karen Willis: living kidney donor

    Karen’s story was featured in the documentary The Chain. Ventura, CA – “Many years ago, my husband and I were talking about doing a good deed for someone else,” recalled Karen Willis. “We wanted to help a complete stranger in a big, life-changing way.” Years later, Karen, 48, and her husband Joshua decided on a health-related good deed, and from there the idea of donating a kidney came very quickly. Many people in need of a ... Read MoreLearn more