The National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), a world leader in the procurement and distribution of biospecimens to advance research, recognized Donor Network West, an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) which serves northern California and northern Nevada, as the recipient of the second annual NDRI/AOPO Empowering Research and Discovery Award for outstanding commitment to the advancement of research. The award was presented on June 25 during the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting.
“Donor Network West staff continually pursue opportunities to work with us through a variety of challenging projects to expand the impact of gifts from the donors and donor families that they serve,” said Bill Leinweber, president, and CEO of NDRI. “We are thrilled to partner with AOPO to recognize Donor Network West with this prestigious honor, and look forward to our continued partnership.”
In 2019, Donor Network West coordinated more than 500 research-authorized donors providing hundreds of organs and thousands of tissue samples to expand medical science through research. That same year, the organization had more than 1,200 organs and tissues placed for research, including dorsal root ganglia, which are essential to investigators studying critically needed treatments for chronic pain. Providing donors and their families with the opportunity to increase knowledge and develop advanced medical therapies for pain management, neurological disorders, autoimmune reactions, and degenerative muscle diseases leave the long-lasting legacy of hope that could not be accomplished in any other way.
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