MMRF Awarded Continuation of National Organ Transplant Registry Contract
The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) has renewed its federal contract to operate the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Among its key functions, the SRTR provides statistical and analytic support to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) for purposes including the formulation and evaluation of organ allocation in the United States. SRTR also reports national transplant data and conducts research on solid-organ transplantation in the U.S.
MMRF manages the SRTR under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The renewal marks the second contract term for the operation of the SRTR to MMRF.
The renewed contract contains a series of optional terms to extend through September 2020. MMRF, a non-profit academic research foundation headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, within the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has the third largest nonprofit medical research institution in Minnesota, ranking nationally in the top 10% of institutions receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health.
CDRG has served as the coordinating center for the Peer Kidney Care Initiative, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), the Kidney Early Evaluation Program of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the North Central Donor Exchange Cooperative (a collaboration between kidney transplant centers in the Upper Midwest), and the CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) Health Evaluation Risk Information Sharing project conducted by NKF in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDRG has also received international recognition for its analyses of chronic disease states, including chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
The SRTR is directed by Bertram L. Kasiske, MD, FACP, with key assistance from Ajay K. Israni, MD, MS, Jon J. Snyder, PhD, MS and Susan Leppke, MPH. National Senior Staff members with organ-specific expertise and expertise in epidemiology, histocompatibility, biostatistics, economics, and computer modeling of allocation systems help complete the team.
Fall 2015 Program Specific Report Changes
On March 31, 2015, the UNet℠ system was updated and a number of fields were removed from the data collection system. The risk adjustment models that SRTR uses to assess transplant program performance currently include some of the elements that were removed from the data collection forms. As a result, starting during the Fall 2015 PSR release, the 'Drug-treated COPD' and 'pretransplant blood transfusion' variables have been dropped from the Kidney post-transplant modeling process, and the 'spontaneous bacterial peritonitis' and 'three or more inotropic agent' variables have been dropped from the Liver modeling building process.
Updated Liver Waiting List Calculator!
On September 9, 2015, SRTR launched an updated version of the liver waiting list calculator. The tool is designed to help liver candidates at US liver transplant programs understand potential outcomes on the waiting list. The tool provides historical outcomes for candidates on the waiting list at a liver program of choice and provides comparisons to programs in the local area, the OPTN region, and the entire nation. The updated tool allows the user to narrow results by whether the candidate has exception MELD scores, includes more educational materials designed to help the user understand the tool, and has an updated design. Explore the tool by clicking here or find the tool under the "Tools" heading at the top of the page.
Fall 2015 Program Specific Report Changes
For the fall 2015 cycle of the program-specific reports (PSRs) starting in October 2015, SRTR will use new risk-adjustment heart models to assess transplant program performance. More information can be found here: Upcoming Changes.
The Spring 2015 Transplant Program Specific Reports and OPO-Specific Reports have arrived
The Transplant Program Specific Reports (PSRs) are located here: (PSRs), while the OPO-Specific Reports are here: (OSRs).