Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC)

About 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.

Meet the TREC Team

Mission and Vision

For both adult and pediatric patients, the Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) designs and conducts research and educational interventions about kidney disease, transplant, and living donation. TREC’s mission is to inspire and educate people about kidney transplantation and living donation, design patient-centered health measures for transplant, reduce racial disparities in transplant, increase transplant and living donation rates, and ensure transplant adherence. TREC’s vision is to increase transplant and living donation rates and solve the kidney donor shortage.

Our vision will be achieved when:

  • More people are inspired and educated about kidney transplantation and living donation
  • Patient-centered health measures for transplant have been designed and implemented nationally
  • Racial disparities in transplant are being reduced across the country
  • More transplants, especially living donor transplants, are occurring
  • Medication adherence rates after kidney transplant have increased
Learn About our Collaboration with the
Terasaki Research Institute