Consider the child: Minor donation is a major issue

Child organ diagram

By Marion Siebelink University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands. Pediatric organ donation: The basics Children on the waiting list for transplantation die because of a shortage in size-matched organs. These organs and tissues generally come from other children. Organ donation in pediatrics is a very sensitive process. A deeper understanding … Continue reading

Unsaid of the undead: A panel discussion exploring zombi(e)-transplant connections

(Sources: Flickr, Open Clip Art, Wikimedia Commons)

It started with a throwaway line in The Walking Dead. But for the TransplantInformers team, things blew up from there. Not only did Steven Yeun’s retweet (Big ups Mr. Yeun!) bring a slew of readers our way, it showed us that there is an audience rabid to explore the connections between zombies and transplantation. Zombies … Continue reading

Obscura Day alert: Biomedical curiosities galore!

Dr. Richard Barnett totally rocks on tour

I am a huge fan of medical museums and scientific entertainment. Some of you may have gathered this from coverage on the Heart of Cape Town Transplant Museum. One of our recent news roundups featured a talk about the unexpected history of blood transfusion. And lord knows it’s newsworthy when art and tissue donation intersect. … Continue reading

Dutch deceased donor dearth: More interesting research out of the Netherlands

Dutch donor card and registration form  Source: NTS

Here at TransplantInformers, we recently provided a translation of the Dutch press release on research which surveyed surviving family members of potential deceased donors and motivations behind next-of-kin deceased organ donation consent or refusal. The active research coming out on this topic in the Netherlands doesn’t stop there. Nichon Jansen-Frazer, from the Dutch Transplant Foundation … Continue reading

TransplantInformers Book Club: More thoughts on Donor by Ken McClure

So many books on transplantation to read, so little time...  Image by Juhan Sonin on Flickr

I just finished blazing through Donor by Ken McClure. We introduced this book to you earlier this month, and now having completed it, I thought it would useful to provide a guide to some themes in the book that are most pertinent to donor outreach/education stakeholders. If you’ve already read the book, this may give … Continue reading

OPTN Living Donor Follow up: Final Day for Public Comment

Some of you may be aware that there are some major steps on the horizon to make sure that the health of living donors is monitored post-transplant more carefully. As reported recently on the Huffington Post, the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network(OPTN) has formulated some new policy proposals. This is a step in the right … Continue reading

Perish, the thought: Death Reference Desk is a lively resource for cadaveric donation consideration

death reference desk crop

Over what seems like eons, there has been a great deal of discussion over the definition of death.  The advent of organ transplantation brought a new element to the discussion. In order to transplant vital organs and legitimize this practice, establishing a legal definition of death was necessary in many cases. And there has also … Continue reading

Win Kdrama prizes from YA Entertainment, Drama Fever, and TransplantInformers

City Hunter rocks the bone marrow transplant. Image courtesy of YA Entertainment

We are embarking on a maiden voyage into engaging pop culture with a series of posts unpacking the portrayals of transplantation and transfusion in Korean Dramas and related media. And you can win prizes from YA Entertainment and DramaFever by reading and participating! We want to give fangirls and fanboys a cool new lens through … Continue reading

HIV/AIDS articles for free from Taylor and Francis

There’s no doubt that HIV/AIDS has had a profound effect on the ways we conceive the body and our identities. The impact that it’s had on many sectors of transplantation and transfusion are undeniable. How many of us have had a to turn down a donor because they were someone who answered positive to an … Continue reading


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