• Projects

    Ending Transplant Rejection
    The Complete Transplant Patient Initiative


  • Core Lab Services

    HLA/non-HLA antibodies,
    microRNA, assay development, & more

  • People

    Our Team
    Our Partners



At the Terasaki Research Institute, we believe in organ transplantation. In collaboration with leading physicians, scientists, and the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, we will solve the major problems limiting the success of organ transplantation. We will build a better understanding of human immunology as it relates to the transplant patient. We will do this all by innovating and studying the immune system and the transplant patient in ways not done before. Our research will supply the transplant community with a new understanding of how to achieve success in transplantation. Our ability to collaborate with the entire transplant community is one of our major strengths. As an independent non-profit research institute, we do research with transplant centers worldwide, serve as a core lab on research grants, work within research consortia, run major transplant registries, and we have research partnerships with many companies that develop new medications and technologies in transplantation.
Ending Transplant Rejection

Poor long-term survival of a transplanted organ (allograft) is one of the major problems in transplant today. Circulating antibodies directed toward donor human leukocyte antigens (HLA) (donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies, DSA) are now thought to be the major cause of allograft loss. Although, we know more about these antibodies and their ability to injure the transplanted organ than we did even a decade ago, we still have much learn.

We must develop a stronger understanding of antibody mediated injury in transplant and develop new diagnostic and therapeutic tools to eradicate this problem in transplant. Here at the Terasaki Research Institute, we are working to make this happen.

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The Complete Transplant Patient Initiative 

At the Terasaki Research Institute, we are keenly focused on working together with transplant patients to get a better understanding of their habits, preferences, and quality of life. We want to make transplant care, transplant medications, and the entire transplant process better fit the needs of the transplant patients. We believe that we can combine the patient's needs and thoughts with our basic science research and transplant education to make a transplant recipient's life better.  This requires basic scientists, clinicians, and health services researchers to work together WITH the patient.  Here at the Terasaki Research Institute, we want to solve problems with the whole patient in mind. 

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Achieving success together with our collaborators