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Emory Transplant Center Joins HOPE in Action

Emory Transplant Center performs its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from HIV-positive deceased donor

In a time of greatest tragedy, this donor family made a powerful decision to save the lives people waiting on a transplant. That decision was generous and compassionate. Registered organ donors, and their families, are the people who make organ donation and transplantation possible. With the hard work of our colleagues at Emory and Lifelink, the HOPE Act will save hundreds–even thousands–of lives over the next decade through safe HIV-HIV kidney and liver transplantation.

We hope that other people living with HIV will be inspired by the compassion of this organ donor and donor family, and register their decision to save lives at registerme.org.

Christine Durand, MD

Hopkins Gives HOPE, January 2017 Update

We’re honored that these donors and families have made the decision to save lives through organ donation under the HOPE in Action study. With hard work and collaboration between Johns Hopkins, our transplant center partners, and organ procurement organizations across the country, in 2016 we were able to help 20 patients with HIV live fuller, longer, healthier lives after receiving HOPE transplants.

Our research indicates that thousands of lives could be saved by HOPE transplants in the next decade –  both those with and without HIV infection who are waiting on the same transplant lists in need of a life-saving transplant. That is a powerful and lasting legacy, and we hope it provides these special donor families some small measure of comfort as they mourn the loss of loved ones.


Every day, when we walk into Johns Hopkins to serve patients and advance the field of transplantation, we are inspired to do our best by the generous patients, donors and families who make our research possible.


With continued hard work by our whole team at Hopkins and beyond, we hope to honor these amazing donors, donor families, and HOPE transplant recipients. We look forward to saving many more lives in 2017 and beyond through safe, legal HIV-HIV organ donation and transplantation under the HOPE Act.

Dr. Christine Durand

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.

Interview: HIV and Transplantation: New Reasons for HOPE

Three years after the HOPE Act was signed by President Obama, and three months after the first HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplant in the US, Dr. Dorry Segev sits down with the Journal of the American Medical Association to discuss how far transplantation has come since the 1980s.

You can read the full interview here.

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