The Quality in Organ Donation (QUOD) initiative is a nationwide programme in the UK, funded by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) which aims to better assess quality and identify pathways of injury and repair in donor organs for transplantation.
The QUOD initiative is led by Prof Rutger J Ploeg, Professor of Transplant Biology and Consultant Transplant Surgeon and his team.
It is part of a national consortium of experts from intensive care and transplant units across the UK.
QUOD aims to reduce uncertainty over which organ is viable or not and facilitates transplant-related research by collecting blood, urine and tissue samples of appropriately consented / authorised organ donors.
These samples are then accessible by researchers across the UK and worldwide to gain better insights of the mechanisms of injury and repair to donated organs.
Through this type of translational research, it may be possible to identify biomarkers which can be used to better predict the outcomes of transplantation.
Applications for access to samples and associated data is open, visit the QUOD website for more information.