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New research offers solution to reduce organ shortage crisis

from Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences via ScienceDaily

Eighteen people die every day waiting for transplants, and a new patient is added to the organ transplant list every 10 minutes. Much of the problem surrounds the lack of registered donors. New research in the INFORMS journal Management Science provides incentives that could lead to a solution and ultimately save lives. The study looks at national transplant data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Ultimately, the researchers — Tinglong Dai of Johns Hopkins University, Ronghuo Zheng of The University of Texas at Austin, and Katia Sycara of Carnegie Mellon University — concluded that the solution is a two-part method: a combination of the donor-priority rule, and instituting a freeze-period. To test their solution, the researchers created a simulated organ market. more

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