Organ, tissue and cornea donors are the reason Donor Network of Arizona (DNA) can serve its mission to save and heal lives through transplantation. Additionally, scientific and medical research, as well as education and the ability to save and heal lives this way, play a vital role. Donors and their families make these advancements possible when they authorize the recovery of organ, tissue and eyes for transplant and research.
WHAT IS DONATION FOR RESEARCH?
DNA is proud to partner with various research and education agencies—such as academic medical centers, hospitals, universities and biotechnology agencies—that allow for innovative ways for Arizona donors to help. Through these research programs, donors can give organs, tissues and eyes to help lead to better treatments, new cures and improved medical processes.
Through research, donors can also help increase the number of lives saved through organ and tissue donation for transplantation with improved organ and tissue recovery methods, innovation in post-transplant therapies for recipients, and advance treatments for diseases that may lead to organ failure in the first place.
HOW CAN PEOPLE SIGN UP TO DONATE FOR TRANSPLANT AND RESEARCH?
The most common way Arizonans register as organ, tissue and cornea donors is at an Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division office. If you check the box, you authorize donation for transplantation only. If you already registered, or if you want to join the DonateLifeAZ Registry now, you can create or edit your donation profile on DonateLifeAZ.org to include donation for transplantation and research.
IS DONATING FOR RESEARCH THE SAME AS WHOLE-BODY DONATION?
Please note this is not the same as whole-body donation, an avenue of donation that DNA supports but does not directly coordinate. If you want to participate in whole-body donation for research and education, you can register with any whole-body donation agency of your preference. Two whole-body research organizations DNA frequently works with are United Tissue Network and Science Care—both accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.
In general, and if registered for all three donation options, recovery for lifesaving and life-healing transplantation takes priority. Organ and tissue donation for research, education and whole-body donation fall next in line with all types of donation avenues a possibility for the same donor.
DNA respects everyone’s end-of-life decisions, even if a person decides not to participate in donation. Our wish is that the option of organ, tissue and cornea donation for research offers even more comfort and hope to registered donors, their families and the people waiting for a lifesaving or healing transplant.
DNA’S RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS INCLUDE: