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Growing our donated organ supply

For those in need of one, an organ transplant is a matter of life and death.

Every year, the medical procedure gives thousands of people with advanced or end-stage diseases extended life. This “second chance” is heavily dependent on the availability, compatibility, and proximity of a precious resource that can’t be simply bought, grown, or manufactured — at least not yet.

Instead, organs must be given — cut from one body and implanted into another. And because living organ donation is only viable in certain cases, many organs are only available for donation after the donor’s death.

Unsurprisingly, the logistical and ethical complexity of distributing a limited number of transplant organs to a growing wait list of patients has received much attention. There’s an important part of the process that has received less focus, however, and which may hold significant untapped potential: organ procurement itself.
MIT News
Portrait of Hammaad Adam
Hammaad Adam, a grad student in the IDSS Social and Engineering Systems PhD program, focuses his research on using statistical tools to uncover health-care inequities and developing machine learning approaches to address them.
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