Organ Donor Registration

Register to Become an Organ Donor

BECOME AN ORGAN DONOR! REGISTER TODAY!

Registration through Donate Life America is a binding, legal document of gift. You affirm the information provided is accurate. You agree upon death to donate all eligible organs and tissue for transplant. You can update or remove your registration or specify more detailed donation preferences at any time at RegisterMe.org.

 

FAQ: Becoming an Organ Donor

The only way to support nPOD through organ donation is to register as a general organ donor. If you are not registered to be an organ donor and are interested, please visit http://organdonor.gov/. Within this site, you can register by your state of residence. This site also provides information about transplantation, research, and organ donation.

Here is a good overview presentation of the organ donation process from organdonor.gov.

ORGAN DONATION FOR T1D PATIENTS

Q: Why should someone with type 1 diabetes donate organs to nPOD?

A: Scientists have cured the type 1 diabetic mouse over 500 different ways but these cures do not translate to human cures. nPOD scientists are looking at what is happening within the tissues impacted by the immune system to see what cells are active at the time of beta cell destruction. Peripheral blood studies cannot capture this level of detail and it is critical to study human tissue. We really want to stress that we need the combination of blood samples from living patients in clinical trials and tissue from deceased donors if we are to make progress on combatting this disease. Most of our scientists are working with both patient clinical trials and then testing new theories of beta cell destruction within the anatomical donations made to nPOD. Click here to learn some of the key findings from the nPOD study so far.

Q: I have type 1 diabetes. Can I be an organ donor?

A: Absolutely. Anatomical donations to diabetes research can make those with type 1 diabetes part of the cure. Sign up with your state’s donor registry as part of the National Donor Registry and Donate Life America. It is also good to make your intent to donate to diabetes research known to your family, doctor, lawyer or religious leader.

Q: Are there age limits on who can be an organ donor?

A: There are no age limits on who can be an organ donor. Newborns, as well as senior citizens, have been organ donors. If you are younger than 18, you must have a parent’s or guardian’s consent. If you are 18 years or older, you can sign up at your state’s donor registry site, or during a visit to renew your driver’s license.

Q: What organs can I donate?

A: When a person has type 1 diabetes, the pancreas is not suitable for transplant but can be very meaningful for research. Heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and intestines are possible to transplant, and other tissues such as corneal donations can improve or save lives as well. Each donor is evaluated by their local OPO according to factors such as age, medical, and social history.

Q: Does my religion support organ donation?

A: All major religions support donation as a charitable act of giving. Most religious groups support donation as the highest gesture of humanitarianism. Talk with your religious leader if you’d like more information.

Q: Will my family have to pay if I’m an organ donor?

A: There is no cost to the donor’s family or estate for the donation of organs. Costs associated with the recovery of organs, laboratory testing, and other services are covered by the recipients and/or their medical insurance. nPOD covers these expenses for each pancreas donated for type 1 diabetes research.

Q: Why is nPOD needed? Why can’t you just study live patients in clinical trials?

A: nPOD scientists are looking at what is happening within the tissues impacted by the immune system to see what cells are active at the time of beta cell destruction. Peripheral blood studies cannot capture this level of detail and it is critical to study human tissue. We really want to stress that we need the combination of blood samples from live donors and tissue from deceased donors if we are to make progress on combatting this disease. Most of our scientists are working with both patient clinical trials and then testing new theories of beta cell destruction within the anatomical donations made to nPOD.

Q: I’m interested in donating my pancreas for research. How can I learn more about nPOD?

A: You’ve found our website. Take a few minutes to view our investigators and learn about the exciting research they do, as well as meet our entire team. If you have any questions, please email us at npod@pathology.ufl.edu.