Organ transplants save lives and improve quality of life for recipients and their families. Over 50,000 people in the UK are alive today because of transplantation, but demand for organs still exceeds supply. Our research aims to address this problem by increasing the number and improving the quality of donor organs available for transplantation. We are conducting research to:
- increase the quantity and improve the quality of organs available for transplantation
- improve quality of life after transplantation
- find new ways of assessing donor organ quality
- improve how donor organs are allocated
- improve equity of access to organ transplantation
Like most large research projects, the work we do is divided into separate research themes. We have three main research themes and three cross-cutting themes.
The cross-cutting themes bridge across the main themes, providing specialist knowledge and skills to help the unit undertake the best research possible. Many of the research themes work together on collaborative projects, pooling knowledge and expertise to drive the highest quality research.
We also work with our Patient and Public Research Panel and our Faculty of National Experts to ensure that our research focus always has patient benefit at its core.