The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) is an ever-expanding national database of transplant statistics. Founded in 1987, the registry exists to support the ongoing evaluation of the scientific and clinical status of solid organ transplantation, including kidney, heart, liver, lung, intestine, and pancreas. Data in the registry are collected by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) from hospitals and organ procurement organizations (OPOs) across the country. The registry contains current and past information about the full continuum of transplant activity, from organ donation and waiting list candidates to transplant recipients and survival statistics. This information is used to help develop evidence-based policy, to support analysis of transplant programs and OPOs, and to encourage research on issues of importance to the transplant community.

SRTR is administered by the Chronic Disease Research Group (CDRG) of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF). CDRG investigators and staff together with SRTR senior staff from around the country have substantial knowledge and experience working on large epidemiologic projects such as the SRTR. Past projects have provided experience in health outcomes and transplantation research, leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals covering such topics as renal patient mortality, morbidity, and quality of life; organ allocation; organ transplant waiting lists; organ procurement; and outcomes after transplant.