New medication options

Mayo Clinic researchers actively study medications and treatments for people with kidney transplants, including new medications (immunosuppressive medications) to keep your body from rejecting your kidney transplant.

Researchers are also investigating better ways to lower antibody levels in your blood to reduce rejection of a donor kidney and improve outcomes when the match between a donor and recipient isn't ideal (ABO incompatible and positive crossmatch kidney transplant).

Other research areas include looking at new ways to use immunosuppressive medications, including tacrolimus (Prograf, Protopic), sirolimus (Rapamune), belatacept and steroid-free immunosuppression medication options, , to help reduce side effects and complications for people with kidney transplants.

Read more about the Kidney/Pancreas/Islet Transplant Research program.