A Roadmap for Innovation to Advance Transplant Access and Outcomes: A Position Statement From the National Kidney Foundation

Krista L. Lentine, Stephen Pastan, Sumit Mohan, Peter P. Reese, Alan Leichtman, Francis L. Delmonico, Gabriel M. Danovitch, Christian P. Larsen, Lyndsay Harshman, Alexander Wiseman, Holly J. Kramer, Joseph Vassalotti, Jessica Joseph, Kevin Longino, Matthew Cooper, David A. Axelrod

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Over the past 65 years, kidney transplantation has evolved into the optimal treatment for patients with kidney failure, dramatically reducing suffering through improved survival and quality of life. However, access to transplant is still limited by organ supply, opportunities for transplant are inequitably distributed, and lifelong transplant survival remains elusive. To address these persistent needs, the National Kidney Foundation convened an expert panel to define an agenda for future research. The key priorities identified by the panel center on the needs to develop and evaluate strategies to expand living donation, improve waitlist management and transplant readiness, maximize use of available deceased donor organs, and extend allograft longevity. Strategies targeting the critical goal of decreasing organ discard that warrant research investment include educating patients and clinicians about potential benefits of accepting nonstandard organs, use of novel organ assessment technologies and real-time decision support, and approaches to preserve and resuscitate allografts before implantation. The development of personalized strategies to reduce the burden of lifelong immunosuppression and support “one transplant for life” was also identified as a vital priority. The panel noted the specific goal of improving transplant access and graft survival for children with kidney failure. This ambitious agenda will focus research investment to promote greater equity and efficiency in access to transplantation, and help sustain long-term benefits of the gift of life for more patients in need.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-332
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Deceased donor organ transplantation
  • disparities
  • end-stage kidney disease (ESKD)
  • graft survival
  • immunosuppression
  • kidney transplantation
  • living donation
  • organ donation
  • patient survival
  • research priorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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