Choosing Clinical Research in Transplantation

50 years – Wow!

It’s such a privilege and an honor to be a part of this fantastic team. When I was asked to write about why I chose to become a clinician researcher in the Transplant program, I didn’t know where to begin. Why would a clinician decide to transition to research? Why here? Let’s begin from the start.

When I completed my doctoral training in Vancouver, Canada, I was immediately attracted to the long-standing reputation of clinical and research experience at the University of Cincinnati. I was fortunate enough to be offered a position to pursue clinical training under the direction of Drs. Rita Alloway, Gautham Mogilishetty and E. Steve Woodle. That’s when I saw the impact of research on patients around the world.

As a clinician, when faced with a question to which there is no answer or evidence, we are often disappointed. As a researcher, this is a new opportunity – an exciting way to bring new answers to clinicians but more importantly to patients. This is why I stayed.

Since its inception, the Transplant Research Program at the University of Cincinnati has provided crucial answers and conducted practice changing research in all fields of transplantation – from novel anti-rejection regimens to rejection treatment while addressing key aspects of enabling transplantation in patients who are not matches and pharmacokinetic evaluation of anti-rejection drugs.

This is an exciting time in the history of our program and I’d like to thank all patients and all participants in our research studies: you directly impacted thousands of transplant recipients around the world. Thank you!

I’m looking forward to another 50 years of successful research and innovation at the University of Cincinnati.

~Simon Tremblay, BPharm, MSc, PharmD, BCPS

Now We Join in Celebration

As we celebrate 50 years of providing excellence in transplantation, breakthrough treatments and compassionate coordination of care to the region, we invite you to join us in a 50-day countdown to the anniversary of the first surgery that launched Cincinnati’s most comprehensive transplant program.

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