Welcome from our Co-Directors

Dr Adnan Sharif, Co-Director (Research)

Karen Rockell, Co-Director (PPIE)

For those of you who are not aware of the Network, this is an all-organ initiative between clinical, patient, public, and scientific representatives, to support research in organ donation and transplantation, to encourage and develop strong collaborations, for patient benefit.

In addition to ourselves as the two Co-Directors, we have two Deputy Directors, Emma Aitken and Jonathan Bannard-Smith.  The Network also benefits from having an Executive Team and Board, which are comprised of representation nationally and across organs.  We also have a Network representative in each organ Transplanting Centre.

The Network has the potential to make a real difference to how we deliver research in organ donation and transplantation within the UK.


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Network members

Research papers

Patient and Public Involvement Members

News and Events

Funding Opportunities

What we’re doing

We seek to harness the power of collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships by providing resources and mechanisms to share information, develop skills and ensure meaningful, sustainable patient and public engagement.

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Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE)

Just as patients are at the heart of everything we do in clinical service, we believe that public contributors should be at the heart of our research.

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Our research library aims to showcase the latest papers and publications in the field of organ donation and transplantation research.

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Our searchable grants database brings together a range of funding opportunities related to organ donation or transplantation research.

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Training & Resources

Our training library offers a range of valuable resources for patients, the public, researchers and study teams.

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Who we are

The UKODTRN Executive Committee provide the leadership, management and coordination of our various workstreams, whilst our Board oversees the strategy and direction of the network.

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Recent news

We aim to keep you up to date with all the news and updates from the transplant and organ donation research community. If you have a news item you would like us to share, please contact info@ukodtrn.org

Newsletter for our community of patients, their families, living donors, donor families, and the public

Read our June 2024 Newsletter – it’s on the link here If you would like to sign-up to receive future editions of our Newsletter then please join our mailing list here

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Upcoming events

We aim to keep you up to date with all upcoming events relevant to the transplant and organ donation community. If you have an event you would like us to share, please contact info@ukodtrn.org

Our mission

The UK Organ Donation and Transplantation Research Network is a collaboration between clinical, scientific, patient and lay representatives, with clinical and patient co-directors.

The network aims to position the UK as the premier location to perform high quality organ donation and transplantation research, catalysing developments in basic, translational, and clinical science, to improve outcomes for transplant patients.

Our objectives

To improve donor management

To increase the availability of suitable donor organs for transplantation

To extend the lifespan of transplanted organs – “One Transplant for Life”

To transform quality of life for transplant patients

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