Who we are

Guided by Amy Waterman, PhD, Explore Transplant (ET) is a national consortium of the leading experts in transplant and health literacy, who have come together to ensure that transplant patients and living donors can make informed treatment choices. ET’s educational resources include educational videos, animated coaching applications, online resources, print materials, and video storytelling in English and Spanish.



Amy Waterman, PhD, Health Education Innovator

Dr. Waterman is a Professor in Residence in the Division of Nephrology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is a quality consultant to the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program, one of the largest and most successful transplant programs in the country, and is part of the UCLA CORE Kidney Program.

Dr. Waterman also serves as the Deputy Director of the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at the Terasaki Research Institute (TRI). TRI continues the work of Dr. Paul Terasaki, a pioneer in the field of transplant, who worked to solve the major problems that limit the success of organ transplant. Explore Transplant aligns with the Institute’s vision to eliminate the organ donor shortage and end organ transplant failure.

Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC)

The Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) is an interdisciplinary research and education center directed by Dr. Amy Waterman and located at the University of California, Los Angeles, a leading transplant center in the United States.

TREC leads the field in conducting state of the art clinical research to understand and improve important issues affecting transplant outcomes, intervenes to reduce disparities in access to transplantation for diverse patient and donor populations and tests the effectiveness of interventions to increase transplant referrals and living donation rates.

Through collaboration with healthcare providers, national transplant leaders, and healthcare policymakers, TREC translates findings from effective clinical trials into practice to ensure that patients can live longer and enjoy the best possible quality of life.

Health Literacy Media (HLM)

Health Literacy Media’s Explore Transplant (ET) and Explore Living Donation (ELD) programs help kidney patients in the USA and Canada make informed treatment choices about transplant and living donation. Through trainings, partnerships, research, and educational materials, ET and ELD have educated more than 4,000 providers, leading to better transplant education for over 28,000 kidney patients. ET and ELD are programs of Health Literacy Media, or HLM, a communications nonprofit that partners with health organizations to make health information easier for people to understand and use.

Terasaki Research Institute

The Terasaki Research Institute (TRI), formerly known as the Terasaki Foundation Laboratory, is an independent non-profit research foundation affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles. In collaboration with leading physicians, scientists, and the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, TRI aims to solve the major problems limiting the success of organ transplantation. Working to provide the transplant community with new understanding of how to achieve success in transplantation, TRI partners with organizations such as the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at UCLA as well as with transplant centers worldwide, serving as a core lab on research grants, working within research consortia, running major transplant registries, and partnering with many companies that develop new medications and technologies in transplantation.

UCLA Kidney Transplant Program

The UCLA Kidney Transplant program offers a full consultative service for the evaluation of patients with acute and chronic kidney disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders, hypertension, and kidney stone disease. The Outpatient Dialysis Service offers both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.

UCLA CORE Kidney Program

The UCLA CORE Kidney Program is the hub of multi-disciplinary resources that serves to improve healthcare delivery through implementation of CORE values in: Clinical excellence, Outreach, Research, and Education.