Kidney Transplant Research
Lurie Children’s is a major contributor to the North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study (NAPRTCS), a cohort of 130 centers from the United States, Canada and Mexico that maintains the largest transplant database for children. NAPRTCS is completing its first multi-center trial of transplant induction medications, in which Lurie Children’s is an integral part, and is starting a second study involving a medication to help prevent chronic rejection.
The major clinical focus of the kidney transplant program is the development of a research program in transplant immunobiology to assist in fine-tuning immunosuppression. This would allow physicians to prescribe doses of immunosuppressive medications tailored to the specific needs of each child rather than use a standard regimen for patients.
Clinical trials are studies to develop, produce, and evaluate the effectiveness of new treatments and therapies for diseases. Learn more about kidney transplant clinical trials associated with the Division of Kidney Diseases.