Increasing Quality and Quantity of Organs Donated for Transplantation – New Report Oct. 10

Organ transplantation is the optimal treatment for many end-stage organ-specific diseases.  In 2016, more than 27,000 organs were transplanted from nearly 10,000 deceased individuals. As of July 2017, more than 117,000 transplant candidates were awaiting an organ. 

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines supply and demand in the U.S. organ transplantation system and assesses ethical, regulatory, policy, and operational issues relevant to organ donation and participation in organ donor intervention research.  This type of research focuses on testing and assessing clinical interventions (for example, medications, devices, and donor management protocols) on donated organs prior to or after removal from a deceased donor, with the aim of increasing the quality and quantity of organs available for transplantation. 


Advance copies of Opportunities for Organ Donor Intervention Research: Saving Lives by Increasing the Quality and Quantity of Organs for Transplantation will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Monday, Oct. 9.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 10.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email  Join the conversation on social media using #organdonorresearch.

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present their findings and recommendations and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 19.  Please register for the webinar here.