Currently, the average wait for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is three years.
Reducing these lengthy wait times and improving the success rates of kidney transplants is the focus of important new work by Dr Shantanu Battacharija, proudly funded by KTDRA thanks to our donor community.
In Australia, the majority of transplanted kidneys come from deceased donors, however these organs suffer from a lack of oxygen during the transplant process which limits the timeframe they can be used to reduce damage, resulting in poor quality kidneys.
Dr Bhattacharjya and his team are investigating a novel machine perfusion technique (a technique used in organ transplantation as a means of organ preservation) to improve the quality of deceased donor organs as well as test the viability and quality of the kidney. This could increase the number of kidneys available for patients requiring dialysis for kidney failure.
“Renal transplantation is the victim of its own success. The increasing demand and supply gap has created a need to explore new strategies to increase the success rate of kidney transplants,” Dr Battacharija said.
“This includes possibly extending the donor criteria as well as exploring new strategies to allow for the use of organ donors that are currently considered unsuitable for transplantation.
“If our technique works, we could ultimately extend organ preservation, improve the quality of damaged organs as well as assess the quality of organs when deciding the viability of them.”
If Dr Battacharija’s research is successful, it will allow for more kidneys to be transplanted for patients and reduce wait times, which will be life-changing for patients!
“It is very exciting research that could potentially benefit so many Australians who are currently waiting for a kidney transplant and are currently undergoing dialysis.”