Our BTRU focuses on the clinical pathway from identification of a potential deceased organ donor to the implantation of the donor organ into the most appropriate recipient. Spanning five major research themes and four cross-cutting themes, the BTRU’s four key objectives are:
- to improve organ donor management and evaluate novel interventions in deceased donors
- to develop novel approaches for assessing donor thoracic and abdominal organ quality
- to evaluate ex vivo normothermic perfusion as an approach for resuscitating and reconditioning thoracic organs and kidneys that have been removed from the donor
- to reduce the demand for re-transplantation through improved understanding of donor–recipient compatibility and the use of novel interventions to protect and improve long-term graft function
The ambition of the BTRU is to develop a comprehensive research platform that facilitates rapid translation of new developments in transplantation and their implementation into clinical practice through a productive partnership with NHSBT. Our aim is to offer high quality training opportunities to medically qualified researchers, scientists and other professional groups allied to medicine to improve expertise and capability in translational research studies and applied health research in transplantation and to deliver a new generation of transplant researchers to the UK.