Progress in deceased donor intervention research has been limited. Development of an in silico model of deceased donor physiology may elucidate potential therapeutic targets and provide an efficient mechanism for testing proposed deceased donor interventions. In this study, we report a preliminary in silico model of deceased kidney donor injury built, calibrated, and validated based on data from published animal and human studies. We demonstrate that the in silico model behaves like animal studies of brain death pathophysiology with respect to upstream markers of renal injury including hemodynamics, oxygenation, cytokines expression, and inflammation. Therapeutic hypothermia, a deceased donor intervention studied in human trials, is performed to demonstrate the model's ability to mimic an established clinical trial. Finally, future directions for developing this concept into a functional, clinically applicable model are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2231-2239
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number6
Early online dateJan 4 2021
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • basic (laboratory) research/science
  • clinical research/practice
  • cytokines/cytokine receptors
  • donors and donation: deceased
  • kidney biology
  • mathematical model
  • organ transplantation in general
  • Brain Death
  • Humans
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Animals
  • Computer Simulation
  • Tissue Donors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy


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