The key objectives of the BTRU are to:
- Establish the optimal use of novel perfusion technologies for assessment and repair of donor organs
- Improve organ utilisation rates and reduce variations in NHS practice
- Improve the long-term outcomes of transplantation and reduce the need for re-transplantation
- Evaluate and implement quality of life measures to enhance graft and patient survival outcomes
- Increase organ donation from ethnic minority groups and increase their access to transplantation
Our research is delivered under three overlapping principal research themes and three cross-cutting themes. Our multidisciplinary approach brings together leading transplant clinicians, world-class scientists, applied health researchers and NHSBT statisticians.
Principal themes (and leads)
- Novel Perfusion Technologies (Professor Chris Watson, Professor Andy Fisher, Dr Sarah Hosgood)
- Organ Donation and Utilisation (Mr Colin Wilson)
- Improving Long-term Outcomes (Mr Vasilis Kosmoliaptsis)
Cross-cutting themes (and leads)
- National Registry Analysis and Health Data Science (Professor Gavin Pettigrew)
- Genomics and Biomarkers (Professor Menna Clatworthy)
- Applied Health Research and Inequalities in Transplantation (Professor Catherine Exley)
The BTRU is outward-looking and inclusive. We work closely with patients and members of the public to ensure our research will make a difference to patients’ everyday lives. We have an Independent Steering Committee (ISC) to provide critical oversight and we also have a Faculty of National Experts to advise us on the evolution of our research, bring diverse expertise and widen our participation in the UK’s transplant research community.