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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

Happy World Storytelling Day! Over the past year, we have been collecting real living kidney donation stories as part of our quest to solve the kidney shortage. Here’s a small teaser of what we have been working on, and we can’t wait to share more with you soon! #worldstorytellingday ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Last month the American Society of Transplantation awarded the National Kidney Registry with the AST Innovation Award for its work in kidney paired exchange. Our founder, Dr. Amy Waterman, serves as NKR's research director. Thank you AST! Read more about NKR's work below and on their website: https://www.kidneyregistry.org/

The National Kidney Registry successfully operationalized a national, multi-center paired kidney exchange program with a growing network of over 90 centers. They have facilitated over 3,000 kidney paired donations since they began in 2008. This program’s successes led to reduced median wait times and improved graft survival. It also developed HLA coding standardization, implemented GPS tracking for shipped kidneys, and coordinates advance donation.
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2 weeks ago

Angelica Hale from America's Got Talent is the National Kidney Foundation's first kid ambassador. She received a kidney transplant from her mother at age 4. Watch her incredible performance of "Fight Song," at this year's Kidney Patient Summit's NKF Congressional Awards Reception. #heartyourkidneys #nationalkidneymonth
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2 weeks ago

Did you know that 1 in 3 American adults are at risk for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? Risk factors for #CKD include: diabetes, high blood pressure, and a family history of kidney failure. #nationalkidneymonth #heartyourkidneys #kidneyfacts ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

In honor of National Kidney Month we will be posting kidney and kidney disease facts throughout the next few weeks.

Here is fact #1: Currently, 30 million people in the US are living with CKD, about 15% of the adult population. What's crazier is that about 90% of these people don't even know they have it! That is one of the many reasons why Explore Transplant believes in educating patients so that they can take on an active role in their health.

You can always read more about kidney disease on our website http://www.exploretransplant.org

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3 weeks ago

March is National Kidney Month! Help us spread #kidneydiseaseawareness by updating your profile picture with this frame and using the hashtags #heartyourkidneys and #nationalkidneymonth on your twitter, instagram, and facebook posts! ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Some organ donation news from across the pond! England is working to implement a new opt-out system for organ donors. This system would presume that every person is an organ donor unless they choose to opt-out. Wales was the first country to implement a system like this, and it is expected to increase organ donation in England once initiated. Read more about this law and it's potential to save lives: http://ow.ly/O2eB50mbyBz

Max and Keira's law about opt-out organ donation is just DAYS away
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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 ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Strategic partnership is more than a set of opening moves

    Strategic partnership is more than a set of opening moves

    We are pleased to share the following contribution, from our partner Catina O’Leary, PhD, Health Literacy Media president and CEO.  Catina O’Leary, PhD, (left) and Amy Waterman, PhD, have partnered to bring kidney transplant education out of the transplant center and into patients’ lives. The game of chess starts with the opener – a set of moves that, to the untrained eye, might seem mundane and inconsequential. To the expert, though, the opener is an ... Read MoreLearn more
  • Craig Hostert: kidney recipient

    Craig Hostert: kidney recipient

    The Hosterts are an active family, going on ski trips, camping trips, attending sporting events, spending time with friends and just watching movies together. No one would guess that Craig used to rely on dialysis to maintain his life, or that two of the family members are living kidney donors. In 1986, Craig Hostert was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder of the kidneys. When his kidneys failed, Craig’s three brothers and sister tested to be ... Read MoreLearn more