A new global data project on human tissue use in corneal transplantation
The Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations (GAEBA) announces a long-term project to capture annual data on corneal transplants, corneal donations and tissue movement across countries – with other data sets potentially to follow.
“Right now, we do not have access to global rates regarding corneal transplantation, donation or utility” says GAEBA Representative, Dr. Graeme Pollock.
“This means the sector, its members, end-users (surgeons and researchers) and the wider eye care community, is unable to develop effective strategies to plan for the long-term need of human tissues for transplant, training and research, nor do they have adequate data to commence conversations with legislative and governing bodies or build new partnerships with those outside of the sector.”
“We would like to change that, to ensure all members of the sector and community have access to adequate data. We want them to be able to plan effectively and ensure resources are utilised appropriately. To do that the sector requires an annual account of human tissue donation and use.”
“The new project is designed to provide annual de-identified data at a national level. We will not be identifying the eye banks, surgeons or hospitals, and nor will we be analysing the outcomes, we will simply present the raw de-identified data for those seeking such information.”
“Our challenge will be collecting the data and encouraging those who are not routinely collecting data to get involved.”
“Our approach has been inspired by the WHO Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, the IAPB Vision Atlas, and the work of Gain et al (2015). We hope to complement those activities long term,” says Pollock.
We would like to thank and acknowledge the below eye bank individuals and organizations who are supporting the global community to develop the global data collection system. They will be promoting forward the importance and value of data collection within their domestic and international networks, via various education and promotional mediums and platforms.
We would like to thank and acknowledge our data project leads, Brian Philippy and Amber Benbow (Lions Clubs International – Eye Bank Working Group) and Luke Weinel (EBAANZ, AU).