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Caren Rose, PhD, M.Sc.
UBC Division of Nephrology
How do we decide? Developing criteria to inform allocation of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation
Abstract: The number of deceased donor organs is insufficient to meet the growing demand for transplantation. One solution to the organ shortage is to optimize the allocation of deceased donor kidneys by matching the life expectancy of the deceased donor kidney and the transplant candidate. Specifically, allocating kidneys by matching the life expectancy of a deceased donor kidney to that of a transplant candidate would reduce the need for return to dialysis or repeat transplantation. In addition, this strategy would minimize the loss of potential kidney transplant function that occurs when a patient dies with a transplant that could have continued to function had the patient not died. In B.C., deceased donor kidneys are currently allocated to transplant candidates using age matching. Dr. Rose’s research aims to refine criteria for longevity matching that improves upon donor and candidates ages, thereby increasing efficiency of allocation, while maintaining equity in access to transplantation for all patients.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital in the Hurlburt Auditorium on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.