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Congratulations to Joshua Nielsen, an affiliated researcher of the Patient Engagement Lab. As a member of his University of Louisville dissertation committee, his dissertation was formally approved today! We are rooting for his professional success when completing the project, “Living Kidney Donation: Addressing the Transplant Supply Gap using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing."
#researchers #dissertationdone #APPROVED #livingkidneydonor #transplant #supplygap
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Congratulations to Joshua Nielsen, an affiliated researcher of the Patient Engagement Lab. As a member of his University of Louisville dissertation committee, his dissertation was formally approved today! We are rooting for his professional success when completing the project, “Living Kidney Donation: Addressing the Transplant Supply Gap using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing.
#researchers #dissertationdone #APPROVED #livingkidneydonor #transplant #supplygap

A first for the Patient Engagement lab, Dr. Waterman attended the commissioning of a new Ph.D. faculty member and spiritual chaplain, Dr. Beth Muehlhausen, conducting research in spirituality and health at Houston Methodist.
The presiding chaplain asked her…”Will you provide excellence in spiritual research with patients, families, and staff? ” Her answer was, “I will, with the help of God.” Welcome, and prayers for Beth’s success. Here, she is lighting a candle to symbolize her new beginning.
#spiritualchaplain #ResearchMatters #houstonmethodist #faith #patientadvocacy #family #healtchareworkers
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1 month ago
A first for the Patient Engagement lab, Dr. Waterman attended the commissioning of a new Ph.D. faculty member and spiritual chaplain, Dr. Beth Muehlhausen, conducting research in spirituality and health at Houston Methodist.   
The presiding chaplain asked her…”Will you provide excellence in spiritual research with patients, families, and staff? ” Her answer was, “I will, with the help of God.”  Welcome, and prayers for Beth’s success.  Here, she is lighting a candle to symbolize her new beginning.
#spiritualchaplain #ResearchMatters #houstonmethodist #faith #patientadvocacy #family #healtchareworkers

Dr. Amy Waterman and Faith Parsons have wanted to work together in the data space since Amy’s tenure at UCLA. It’s so amazing to finally have the chance to analyze data and build a data team together in 2024! Better late than never!
#Collaboration #researchers #goals #DataAnalyst
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Dr. Amy Waterman and Faith Parsons have wanted to work together in the data space since Amy’s tenure at UCLA.  It’s so amazing to finally have the chance to analyze data and build a data team together in 2024!  Better late than never! 
#Collaboration #researchers #goals #DataAnalyst

Legislation is being pursued to address financial barriers faced by living kidney donors. Despite insurance covering medical expenses, donors still incur costs for travel, meals, and lost wages during the donation process. The National Living Donor Assistance Center helps, but reimbursement is income-tied. In 2023, New York enacted the Living Donor Support Act, offering reimbursement up to $10,000. The proposed LOVE Act aims for comprehensive national support, providing reimbursement, insurance, public education, and data collection. Other federal proposals, like the Living Donor Protection Act and Living Organ Donor Tax Credit Act, target insurance and tax relief for donors. These initiatives aim to remove financial obstacles and encourage more people to save lives through living kidney donation.

Click the link below or visit our website at Explore Transplant under "Transplant News" for the full story.
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#KidneyDonorSupport #OrganDonationLegislation
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Legislation is being pursued to address financial barriers faced by living kidney donors. Despite insurance covering medical expenses, donors still incur costs for travel, meals, and lost wages during the donation process. The National Living Donor Assistance Center helps, but reimbursement is income-tied. In 2023, New York enacted the Living Donor Support Act, offering reimbursement up to $10,000. The proposed LOVE Act aims for comprehensive national support, providing reimbursement, insurance, public education, and data collection. Other federal proposals, like the Living Donor Protection Act and Living Organ Donor Tax Credit Act, target insurance and tax relief for donors. These initiatives aim to remove financial obstacles and encourage more people to save lives through living kidney donation.

Click the link below or visit our website at Explore Transplant under Transplant News for the full story.
https://exploretransplant.org/?p=14077&preview=true
 
 #KidneyDonorSupport #OrganDonationLegislation

Martha Gershun, a formal living kidney donor, recently interviewed Laurie Lee, an altruistic kidney donor and facilitator for the Kidney Champion Program at Northwestern Medicine. This program teaches kidney patients strategies to find a living donor. Over the past three years, Laurie has served as a producer and content consultant on 'Abundant,' a documentary featuring first-person stories from living kidney donors.
To learn more about this exciting project, click the link below:
exploretransplant.org/abundant-first-person-stories-about-living-organ-donation/
or visit our website at Explore Transplant, under 'Trans#livingdonation9#kidneydiseasea#altrusiticdonora#savinglivesi#donate##SecondChanceAtLife #SecondChanceAtLife
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Martha Gershun, a formal living kidney donor, recently interviewed Laurie Lee, an altruistic kidney donor and facilitator for the Kidney Champion Program at Northwestern Medicine. This program teaches kidney patients strategies to find a living donor. Over the past three years, Laurie has served as a producer and content consultant on Abundant, a documentary featuring first-person stories from living kidney donors. 
To learn more about this exciting project, click the link below:
https://exploretransplant.org/abundant-first-person-stories-about-living-organ-donation/
or visit our website at Explore Transplant, under Transplant News.

 #LivingDonation #Kidneydisease #altrusiticdonor #savinglives #donate #SecondChanceAtLife

It's hard to believe we've only been in Houston, Texas, together for two years. The year 2023, marks a period of significant growth for the Patient Engagement Research Lab, with expansions in staff, partnerships, and national policy leadership. To learn more about the details of the lab's progress and achievements, click the link below to read the full article:
exploretransplant.org/2023-a-year-of-expansio#SuccessJourney##teamworku#collaboration #researcherso#goalse#houstontxo#Leadershipntx #leadership
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2 months ago
Its hard to believe weve only been in Houston, Texas, together for two years. The year 2023, marks a period of significant growth for the Patient Engagement Research Lab, with expansions in staff, partnerships, and national policy leadership. To learn more about the details of the labs progress and achievements, click the link below to read the full article:
https://exploretransplant.org/2023-a-year-of-expansion-prosperity/

#successjourney #teamwork #Collaboration #researchers #goals #houstontx #leadership

Celebrating the success of my mentee, Dr. Wendy Balliet! 🎉 "When my mentees rise, so do I," echoes Dr. Amy Waterman. Today marks a special achievement as Dr. Balliet attains the distinguished title of Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 🌟 Your dedication and accomplishments shine brightly! 🙌👩‍🏫 #MentorshipMatters #SuccessJourney #CongratulationsDrBalliet ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
Celebrating the success of my mentee, Dr. Wendy Balliet! 🎉 When my mentees rise, so do I, echoes Dr. Amy Waterman. Today marks a special achievement as Dr. Balliet attains the distinguished title of Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 🌟 Your dedication and accomplishments shine brightly! 🙌👩‍🏫 #MentorshipMatters #SuccessJourney #CongratulationsDrBalliet

The Patient Engagement Research Lab teams up with UTMB, UHCL, and TSU for the ultimate Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) 4.0 Writing Retreat in Galveston, TX! 🌟 We're on a mission to propel clinical and translational science, crafting groundbreaking operational innovations to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical translation. 🚀 More to come as we collaborate together in fast-track Translation Research projects on local, regional, and national levels. Let's create, provide, and share innovative research programs and partnerships across institutions and communities to tackle health disparities hea#ResearchInnovationI#collaborationl#healthequitya#ctsa40galveston0Galveston ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago
The Patient Engagement Research Lab teams up with UTMB, UHCL, and TSU for the ultimate Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) 4.0 Writing Retreat in Galveston, TX! 🌟 Were on a mission to propel clinical and translational science, crafting groundbreaking operational innovations to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical translation. 🚀 More to come as we collaborate together in fast-track Translation Research projects on local, regional, and national levels. Lets create, provide, and share innovative research programs and partnerships across institutions and communities to tackle health disparities head-on. 🌐💡 
#ResearchInnovation #Collaboration #HealthEquity #CTSA40Galveston

The Patient Engagement Lab is proud to celebrate Dr. Atiya Dhala from Houston Methodist for her newly funded grant titled 'Enabling Access to Prehab for Kidney Transplant Candidates who are Frail,' through the Digital Health Workshop at Rice Uni#houstonmethodistn#digitalhealthworkshopt#kidneytransplantt#grantsn#awardnts #award ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
The Patient Engagement Lab is proud to celebrate Dr. Atiya Dhala from Houston Methodist for her newly funded grant titled Enabling Access to Prehab for Kidney Transplant Candidates who are Frail, through the Digital Health Workshop at Rice University.

#Houstonmethodist #digitalhealthworkshop #kidneytransplant #grants #award

The work of the Patient Engagement Lab fully aligns with the Santander Summit’s Global Recommendations to:
• Implement preventive strategies to reduce the burden of diseases that give rise to the need for transplantation
• Integrate donation and transplantation of organs, tissues, and cells into all healthcare systems, taking into account the resources available to address the population’s health needs;
• Develop living donation programs, preferably as supplements to deceased donation, that ensures informed consent, optimal care of, and long-term follow-up for donors
• Support low-resource countries in developing and strengthening their transplant systems

#Santandersummit2023 #spain #liverdonation #Global #improvehealth #Transplantation #LivingDonation #savinglives #OrganTransplantation
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3 months ago
The work of the Patient Engagement Lab fully aligns with the Santander Summit’s Global Recommendations to: 
•  Implement preventive strategies to reduce the burden of diseases that give rise to the need for transplantation
•  Integrate donation and transplantation of organs, tissues, and cells into all healthcare systems, taking into account the resources available to address the population’s health needs; 
•  Develop living donation programs, preferably as supplements to deceased donation, that ensures informed consent, optimal care of, and long-term follow-up for donors
•  Support low-resource countries in developing and strengthening their transplant systems

#Santandersummit2023 #spain #liverdonation  #Global #improvehealth #Transplantation #LivingDonation #savinglives #OrganTransplantation

Transplant news

INSIGHTS FROM KIDNEY RECIPIENTS, LIVING DONORS AND TRANSPLANT PROFESSIONALS

  • Legislative Efforts to Support Living Kidney Donors

    Legislative Efforts to Support Living Kidney Donors

    Written by Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger  Donating a kidney can be expensive.  While the recipient’s insurance – whether through a private company or Medicare – fully covers the donor’s medical, surgical, and hospital expenses, it does not cover out-of-pocket costs. This means many who donate some distance from their home town are left to cover their own expenses for transportation, …Read more
  • Abundant: First-Person Stories about Living Organ Donation

    Abundant: First-Person Stories about Living Organ Donation

    Written by Martha Gershun, Guest Blogger Laurie Lee is an altruistic kidney donor and facilitator of the Kidney Champion Program at Northwestern Medicine, a program that teaches kidney patients strategies to help find a living donor.  She is also the host of Donor Diaries, a podcast about the beauty and messiness of living organ donation. For the past three years she has been …Read more
  • 2023: A Year of Expansion & Prosperity

    2023: A Year of Expansion & Prosperity

    Written by Dr. Solaf Al Awadhi, Scientific Writer We can’t believe we have only been in Houston, Texas together for 2 years. This year has been a year of expansion of staff, partnerships, and national policy leadership for the Patient Engagement Research Lab.   This year Dr. Waterman welcomed seven wonderful new members to the lab, to expand her core amazing …Read more