When families authorize donation for medical research, they allow their loved one to build a long-lasting legacy of hope that could not be accomplished in any other way.

Donor Network West strives to increase the number of lives saved and healed through organ and tissue transplantation. In addition to transplantation, donation for research purposes may save and heal future lives through the advancement of medical research. Research donations help increase knowledge of diseases and allow for the development of novel medications to treat them.

We partner with researchers who analyze samples, conduct clinical trials at academic centers, work in industry laboratories to improve the outcomes of transplanted organs, and improve medicine for the general public.

Donor Network West is dedicated to working in close partnerships with researchers in academic medical centers, hospitals, universities, and biotechnology centers to advance the field of research through organ and tissue donations.

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From left: Ravikumar Ponnusamy, PhD. Research Project Manager; Sherilyn Rubio, Research Laboratory Technician; Ahmad Salehi, MD, PhD. Research Director; Will Harper, BS. Research Intern

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What health professionals and donor families are saying about Donor Network West’s medical research

E.J. Chichilnisky, Ph.D., Professor of Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology, Stanford University

“Donor Network West is making it possible for the Stanford Artificial Retina Project to develop breakthrough technology for treating incurable blindness. With the help of Donor Network’s Research Department, we’re using donated human eyes to understand how our future device will interface to the brain to replace vision lost to retinal degeneration. We have immense admiration, respect, and gratitude for the entire Donor Network West team, and for the generous donors and families of donors who make this research possible.”

E.J. Chichilnisky, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology, Stanford University

aline copp

“Donating Carter’s organs and tissues for research was a wonderful tribute that added a layer of dignity and meaning to her life. It gave us strength, hope, and peace to know that her gifts would impact the lives of others through science and research.”

Aline Copp
Donor Mother

Stephen Quake Co-president of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

“I would like to thank Donor Network West for its tremendous assistance and contributions. We have received some of the fastest and freshest tissue samples for a truly a unique and world-leading project and we are so proud to be doing it in partnership with Donor Network West.”

Stephen Quake
DPhil, Lee Otterson professor of Bioengineering and professor of Applied Physics at Stanford
Co-president of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Yona Vaisbuch MD

“Donor Network West enables us to make breakthroughs and be at the translational research front line as part of Stanford’s initiative to cure hearing loss. The research team’s professional approach and scientific knowledge supports our life-enhancing mission to transition from the laboratory bench to the patient bedside. Their devotion supports our efforts of optimizing our processes.”

Yona Vaisbuch, M.D.
Otolaryngology Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery – Stanford University School of Medicine

Chi-yuan Hsu Professor and Division Chief Division of Nephrology

“As one of the principal investigators in the NIH-sponsored APOL1 Long-term Kidney Transplantation Outcomes (APOLLO) Research Network, we work directly with several OPO’s and know of the operations of other OPO’s around the country. There is no one more responsive to queries from the APOLLO research team than Dr. Ahmad Salehi of Donor Network West.”

Chi-yuan Hsu, MD, MSc
Professor and Division Chief, Division of Nephrology UCSF
University of California, San Francisco

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