Dear Transplant Community:
On September 14, 2010, the Health Resources
and Services Administration
(HRSA) awarded the Scientific Registry of Transplant
Recipients (SRTR) contract to the Minneapolis
Medical Research Foundation
(MMRF). The contract is now administered by
the Chronic Disease Research Group
(CDRG), a division of MMRF. Our team is honored to have been selected to serve the
transplant community and will strive to continue the excellent work carried out
from October 2000 to December 2010 by the Arbor Research Collaborative for Health.
In the fall of 2010, we worked with Arbor Research staff to effect a smooth transition
in contractors. Our goal is to provide minimal disruption to all stakeholders in
the SRTR operation.
We would like to provide some background information on our organization and team.
MMRF is the nonprofit research subsidiary of Hennepin Faculty Associates
, the academic medical group
that staffs Hennepin County Medical Center
a teaching hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CDRG is a division of MMRF, with
research primarily focused in the areas of chronic kidney disease and organ transplantation.
The SRTR leadership team
is composed of MMRF employees
as well as transplant experts from around the nation.
As we begin our work, we will address the various questions that members of the
transplant community will understandably have. Here at the outset, we want to assure
you that our basic intention for the coming year is to preserve and replicate existing
SRTR operations. For example, analytical methods and publication schedules will
remain essentially unchanged. We make special note of the fact that the January
2011 Program-Specific Reports were completed by the previous contractor, and we
will use the same methodologies to create the July 2011 Program-Specific Reports.
After that, we expect to examine current methods with an eye toward further refinement.
Any future changes will occur only after careful study, coordination with HRSA and
the OPTN, and advanced publicity to stakeholders.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (877) 970-SRTR or
. Alternatively, you may contact the SRTR Project Officer at
HRSA, Monica Lin, PhD, at MLin@hrsa.gov
Initially, it is our goal that the community will see minimal changes in products
and services put forth by the SRTR. In all aspects of our operation, we will strive
to effectively communicate any future changes to SRTR products and services, including
but not limited to changes to program-specific reports, the OPTN/SRTR annual data
report, and statistical methodologies. We look forward to serving you.
Bertram Kasiske, MD, FACP
Ajay Israni, MD, MS
Jon Snyder, PhD, MS
Deputy Project Director
Director of Operations