Researchers led by Dr. Peter Reese found that a US policy that puts previous kidney donors at the top of the transplant list is working. The organ donors had much shorter waiting times for a transplant and received higher-quality kidneys than non-donors. "After transplant, their survival is excellent compared with similar people who were not organ donors," Reese added.
A study conducted by Peter Reese and colleagues recently found that kidney donors 55 and older had similar life expectancy and cardiovascular health as very healthy older people who did not donate their kidneys. “Our results provide valuable new data that can be used by transplant centers and physicians, and may well affect the decision-making for older patients considering donation,” says Reese.
A study recently published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology finds that waiting times for kidneys for children with renal disease can vary widely depending on which state you live in. Peter Reese and colleagues say this discrepancy is particularly troublesome because children awaiting kidney transplants must undergo kidney dialysis.
A recently published study estimated that a $9,648 incentive per living donor would increase the number of kidneys available for transplant by 5%. In an accompanying editorial, Peter Reese suggested that it is time to conduct a study which would look into a limited trial of offering incentives for organ donation. He also commented that financial incentives that are legal and less controversial than direct payment should also be explored.
Source: Penn News, August 1, 2012
Peter Reese was named a recipient of of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is the highest honor bestowed by the US government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Reese was recognized for his efforts to increase access to kidney and liver transplantation.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2010, WHYY Radio, March 17, 2010, KYW Newsradio, March 21, 2010, AMA News, March 22, 2010, WHYY Radio, March 30, 2010, USA Today, March 31, 2010, ABC News, April 2, 2010
Scott Halpern, Peter Reese, David Asch and colleagues found that among 342 rail and trolley commuters in Philadelphia, a greater proportion reported wilingness to donate a kidney to a stranger if they were paid for it than if they received no money. The work did not indicate higher rates of willingness to donate for money among lower-income individuals.