Mission: To assist transplant patients and caregivers, promote and educate the community on the benefits of organ donation, and to fund lung transplant research
Programs: The primary objective of the organization is funding for research to improve transplant outcomes. A total of $75,725 in grants was given in 2015 to help fund study of the mechanisms of bronchiolitis obliterans, the leading cause of death among the lung transplant population. As part of this objective, the lung transplant foundation participated in the duke lung transplant symposium in 2015.
the lung transplant foundation has designed and maintained a website. The website includes information on the history of lung transplants, news about current lung transplant research, information about the foundation, and information on donating and volunteering.
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The Lung Transplant Foundation was started by a group of Duke lung transplant recipients who wished to address the serious problem of chronic rejection. Rejection occurs most frequently in lung transplant recipients compared to all other solid organ transplant recipients, in part due to the constant interplay between the lungs and the environment. Five years after transplant, approximately 50% of lung recipients have rejection, some of whom have already died as a result.The Lung Transplant Foundation seeks to change this by raising research funds for allocation to physicians with active research programs investigating risk factors and therapeutic treatments for chronic rejection. I am thrilled to be partnering with this organization comprised of inspiring individuals.