Welcome from our Co-Director

For those of you who are not aware of the network, this is an all-organ initiative between clinical, patient, lay and scientific representatives, to support research in organ donation and transplantation, to encourage and develop strong collaborations, for patient benefit. We have an Executive team and Board, with representation nationally and across organs, and a network representative in each transplanting centre. We have undertaken a survey to examine barriers to research in the UK, both for researchers and for patients. The next phase of work will be to begin to address some of the barriers.

We now seek funding to undertake work that will build network infrastructure, and research platforms, including the development of a recipient bioresource to partner with the successful donor biobank, QUOD. We are working with NHS Blood and Transplant to establish linkage of data from cancer registry and other national databases to complement the transplant registry data and provide more detailed information about patient outcomes.

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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

MELODY: What’s the antibody effect of Covid vaccines in transplant patients? (Organ Donation Week, 09/23)

As the NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation Week ends, UKODTRN highlights one more incredible research study. The MELODY, Mass Evaluation of Lateral flow immunOassays for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodY responses in immunosuppressed people, study used home antibody testing to improve the understanding of responses to COVID-19 vaccinations in individuals receiving immunosuppression. See more […]

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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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