Since 1995, the American Society of Transplantation (AST) has funded more than two hundred research projects with more than ten million dollars through its existing research grants funding structure. This funding has spurred innovative research that has dramatically enhanced the field of organ transplantation. The AST established the Transplantation and Immunology Research Network (TIRN) to expand the scope, reach, and effectiveness of the AST's existing research program. TIRN encourages collaboration and shared resources in a time of scarce research funding.
TIRN is AST's mechanism for identifying, funding, and providing ongoing support to the most innovative research in transplantation and immunology. TIRN includes hundreds of physicians and scientists who have dedicated their lives to advancing the research necessary to improve and save lives. Organ transplantation has always been at the intersection of all science and medicine. Transplantation research contributes to the fundamental understandings of immunity to infections like HIV, to autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and diabetes, and to the blood vessel inflammation that causes heart disease.
TIRN benefits clinical, translational and basic science researchers and physicians by:
- Providing young transplant professionals with opportunities for career development
- Exposing scientists to industry research networks and resources
- Providing scientists exposure to high-end science
- Breaking down industry and academic barriers
TIRN benefits pharmaceutical and related industries as well as foundations and other research partners by:
- Inviting the best minds to contribute to industry research
- Providing access to research facilities for smaller pharmaceutical or biomedical companies
- Offering flexible and innovative opportunities to support important research
TIRN benefits patients and the general public by:
- Improving patient outcomes and long-term survival
- Discovering breakthroughs in the field
- Allowing direct contributions to the best research in transplantation and immunology