About the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation Research Grant Program
The Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation (MNITF) is a public non-profit organization that adheres to its mission of advancing the science and practice of organ transplantation and end-stage organ disease therapies through research, education, and innovation. Building upon the vision and legacy of our founders, Doctors Robert and Rafael Mendez, the MNITF awards grants semiannually to researchers through our Research Grant Program (RGP), in order to improve clinical outcomes and positively impact the field of transplantation. We plan to achieve this by:
- Creating a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary program of research that advances scientific knowledge which will improve clinical outcomes in transplantation;
- Integrating the field of transplantation with the latest donor screening technologies, immunogenetics, post-transplant monitoring, and advancements in regenerative medicine;
- Making unique contributions to biology and medicine by developing new diagnostic and therapeutic paradigms;
- Empowering patients with end-stage organ disease and transplant recipients through education to proactively manage their health and improve their long-term outcomes.
Through these efforts, we believe we can positively impact the field of transplantation. There are rapid and exciting advances in the fields of genetics, immunology and pharmacology that have the potential to transform the field, but need additional support to come to fruition.