Project Title: Liver Transplantation: Demographic Disparities and Ethical Decisions
BASIS Advisor: Blaine Hartman
Internship Location: George Washington University
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Naoru Koizumi
Given bio-medical limitations in healthcare today, properly allocating resources to maximize outcomes is a pressing matter. Within transplantation, this issue is especially important given how additional information can affect the priority list for liver transplants. In my research at the GWU Transplant Institute, I will conduct data analysis to determine the differences in liver transplant outcomes based on the different races, genders, ages, and pre-existing conditions of both donors and recipients. The study hopes to promote a large change in success rate policies for each transplantation office s in an effort to provide liver transplant access for more patients. GWU is one of the few institutions that provide transplants to underserved communities and emphasize the patient’s health as opposed to just the predicted success rate. I hope to discover a practical way that clinics can use this research/information to make a more informed decision in how they allocate livers. This research may impact how a live-saving transplant is administered, taking into account demographic disparities when making these ethical decisions.
Hi everyone! This week I will be meeting with my research mentor and I will most likely start processing data on transplant outcomes. The STATA software allows you to upload a large set of data, assign variables, and run tests. For this project specifically, there are over 20,000 individuals in the data set. The data […]
Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in this post (my login wasn’t working). My name is Suman Sanghera and I started working on my senior project last week! In my project, I will be analyzing the differences in liver transplant outcomes given the transplant success from transplant recipients and donors of different races, genders, ages, […]