QUOD - Quality in Organ Donation

Organ donation and transplant saves thousands of lives a year and could be considered one of the greatest successes in modern medicine. However, over the past decade, there has been an ever increasing need for organs throughout the UK, far surpassing the supply. This is a pattern that is predicted to worsen over the next 10 years. As many as one in three patients on the transplant waiting list will die or become too unwell to receive a transplant as a result of this disparity. To address this problem, the transplant community have been turning to organs previously considered to be unsuitable for transplantation, including organs from extended criteria donors and non-heart beating donors. In order to do this, QUOD aims to facilitate research by collecting blood, urine and tissue samples of appropriately consented / authorised organ donors. Through this, it may be possible to determine pathways of injury and repair in organs and identify biomarkers which can be used to better predict the outcomes of transplantation. QUOD is a nationwide programme encompassing all retrieval zones in the UK. These regions include: •Birmingham / Cardiff •Cambridge •Edinburgh •London Kings •Manchester / Leeds •Newcastle •Oxford / Royal Free The QUOD team has a wide range of personnel, including specialist nurses, transplant surgeons, academics, management teams and a variety of healthcare professionals. The samples collected throughout the QUOD programme are available for research purposes. Samples will be available to research projects based on scientific merit. More information about the access policy can be found on the website.

Contact Information


Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences
University of Oxford
Oxford Transplant Centre
Churchill Hospital

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