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Eindhoven SPOR Seminar
Oct 27, 2020, 15:45 - 16:45
Optimizing in and for Collaborative Kidney Exchanges
Kidney exchanges are one way of helping patients who require a kidney transplant and have a willing, but incompatible, donor. Such patient-donor pairs are matched to other donors and recipients, so that an exchange can occur. The donor donates a kidney, so that in return, his friend or family member gets a donor kidney from someone else. Scaling up such kidney exchanges is beneficial, larger pools of patients and donors leads to higher rates of transplants. To this end, existing kidney exchanges, in hospitals, regions or countries, are looking to combine forces in larger coalitions. The division of benefits over these coalitions is however uneven, and individual KEPs may push for solutions that are sub-optimal overall, but better for their own pool of patients. As a result, mechanisms for matching in the coalition need to take into account the strategies of the individual members. In this talk, I will discuss the difficulty of finding an optimal strategy as an individual KEP – and implications for the collaboration. Furthermore, I will talk about future research into mechanisms for collaborative kidney exchanges.