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Minneapolis, Minn. – The Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has renewed its federal contract to operate the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Among its key functions, the SRTR evaluates the status of the nation’s solid organ transplant system and provides analytic support to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) for purposes including the formulation and evaluation of organ allocation policies in the United States.

HHRI manages the SRTR under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The renewal marks the third contract term for the operation of the SRTR for HHRI, which has operated the SRTR since 2010. The renewed contract contains a series of optional terms to extend through September 2025.

HHRI is the research arm and a nonprofit subsidiary of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., an integrated healthcare system that includes the Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), a nationally recognized Level 1 Trauma Center and acute care and teaching hospital in Minneapolis, MN. HHRI is one of the largest nonprofit medical research institutions in Minnesota, ranking nationally in the top 10% of institutions receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

CDRG currently serves as the Coordinating Center for the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) and in the past has managed the Kidney Early Evaluation Program of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), the North Central Donor Exchange Cooperative (a collaboration between kidney transplant centers in the Upper Midwest), the Peer Kidney Care Initiative, and the CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) Health Evaluation Risk Information Sharing project conducted by NKF in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDRG has also received international recognition for its analyses of chronic disease states, including chronic kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Jon J. Snyder, PhD, MS, will continue to serve as SRTR Director, Ajay K. Israni, MD, MS, as Deputy Director/Medical Director, Bertram L. Kasiske, MD, FACP, as Medical Director for Living Donation, and Ryutaro (Ryo) Hirose, MD, as Surgical Director. National Senior Staff members with organ-specific expertise and expertise in epidemiology, histocompatibility, biostatistics, economics, and computer modeling of allocation systems help complete the team. More information about SRTR can be found at www.srtr.org.

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