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Smartphone App for Increasing Live Organ Donation

Following the American Journal of Transplantation’s theme of giving for their December article, they published our paper featuring our Smartphone App for Increasing Live Organ Donation.

The idea came from talking to waitlisted candidates for kidney transplant who reported substantial barriers to identifying a live donor. Our app aims to help ESRD patients eligible for transplantation create a dialog that tells their story and helps them reach out to friends and family through social medias.

That app, as of this blog post, is still in development.

Doctors Use Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys to Save Lives

Drs. Niraj Desai and Christine Durand talk with CBS Baltimore about transplanting patients with hepatitis C-infected kidneys. The Johns Hopkins trial includes 10 patients from Baltimore, 5 of which have already been transplanted.

This is now a viable option now the hepatitis C is curable. This has the potential to shrink the transplant waitlist which is currently over 200,000 people in the US, 82-percent of whom need kidneys.

“If we had enough organs, we wouldn’t do this,” says Dr. Desai.

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