Designing and implementing a new Kidney Exchange (DEC-K) Program in Italy

Impact: Health impacts, Societal impacts, Technological impacts


Professor Antonio Nicolò’s research has shaped the design and implementation of a new national program in Italy for kidney transplants, combining deceased and living donor allocation mechanisms. By incorporating patient preferences into the design of allocation models and associated algorithms, the research led to a redesign of Italy’s Kidney Paired Exchange (KPE) programs in order to expand membership and effectiveness. Italy is the first country in the world to implement such a program and it has already enabled an increased volume of successful donor matches and transplants. Other countries such as France are now looking to the success of the Italian system and considering adopting similar innovations.
Impact date20182020
Category of impactHealth impacts, Societal impacts, Technological impacts