Calling for success and innovation stories in donation and transplantation!

The FOMD is looking for examples of innovation and successful research projects to feature.

This is a great opportunity to promote your research, and create greater awareness among potential philanthropic donors. With the UofA recently ranking #6 in the world in transplantation, and the 50th Anniversary of Transplantation in Alberta, this is a great time to celebrate and promote research and innovation in transplantation and donation.

If you know of an example of innovation or a successful project please contact karen.hunter@ualberta.ca.  You can share examples from your own research, or tell us about someone else – a colleague or a trainee –  and we’ll reach out to help share their story!

CST-Astellas Transformative Thinking in Transplant (T3) Competition Launched!

The CST-Astellas Transformative Thinking in Transplant (T3) Competition is designed to inspire innovative solutions in transplant care and demonstrate commitment to the transplant community. The objective of the T3 Competition is to identify and provide plausible implementation solutions in the areas of patient care, education, adherence, organ donation, quality of life improvement with the ultimate goal of advancing long-term health outcomes and quality of life for Canadian transplant patients.

The primary focus of the T3 Competition is to provide seed funding that will enable the entries of three finalists to be implemented.

The CST Executive Steering Committee will form the adjudication panel and will choose three finalists who will be invited to present their ideas during the 2017 CST-CTRMS Joint Scientific Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 26, 2017. The top-ranked finalist will be awarded $50,000 and the second and third-racked finalists will each receive an award in the amount of $25,000.

**Application Deadline: July 31, 2017**

For full T3 Competition details including application requirements, eligibility, and selection criteria, please see the Terms of Reference available at www.cst-transplant.ca/2017-astellas-cst-t3-competition.html

ATI Seminar Series is on Summer Hiatus – Call for Speakers for next year!

The ATI Seminar Series is on Summer Hiatus, and will resume in September.

We are booking speakers for next year – if you would like to present your research, or if you have trainees/grad students who would like to present their research please contact karen.hunter@ualberta.ca.  Trainees and Research Associates are welcome to present their research, and can either present a full talk, or we can schedule several shorter presentations for a given day.

Please watch the ATI website later this summer for updates on the fall speaker schedule

50th Anniversary of Transplantation – Save the Dates!

AHS will be hosting a 50th Anniversary of Transplantation Gala for AHS and UofA staff and physicians on Saturday, September 23. Tickets will be available for purchase from the UHF online, in July.  A link for purchasing tickets will be distributed in July, and will not be accessible from the home page of UHF website.

The Kidney Foundation will host their Create the Change Masterpiece Gala in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Transplantation on Saturday, October 21. Tickets are available online 

 

CNTRP Astellas Research Innovation Grant Competition – 2017 Launched – Deadline: October 19, 2017

The CNTRP Astellas Research Innovation Grant Competition has launched!

The primary area of focus for this competition is to catalyze new translational focused research in donation and transplantation to improve health outcomes. These projects must be new stand-alone studies that will be integrated into the CNTRP and be used to generate preliminary data to support further investigation.

Six grants of $30,000 each are being awarded.

In addition, the CNTRP-ATI-Astellas grant competition will award an additional 3 grants of $30,000 each to the top three unfunded grants from Alberta-based researchers.,

Deadline: October 19, 2017

For more information about the application process, including eligibility criteria, visit the CNTRP grant competition website.

ATI at the FOMD Health Festival 2017

The ATI hosted at booth at the FOMD Health Festival on June 3, 2017.

Following Dr. Lori West’s 3-minute speed talk on new frontiers in transplant medicine, our booth was crowded with visitors the rest of the day! The ATI booth featured an Ex-vivo perfusion machine for lungs, provided by Dr. Darren Freed. The cart included video and sound effects of human lungs undergoing negative pressure ventilation in the ex vivo machine, much to the amazement of our visitors.  Many thanks to Nader Aboelnazar, an M.Sc student in Dr. Freed’s laboratory, who prepared the display and spent the day answering questions.

Mike Cunningham and Dean Campbell of the Canadian Transplant Association also attended the event to discuss and promote organ awareness. We had several people at our booth who are either transplant recipients or are wait-listed for transplant, and they appreciated the opportunity to connect with other transplant recipients.

Upcoming ATI Seminars

June 28: Dr. Rajalingam Raja (U of C visiting speaker from University of California, San Francisco), “C3d and C1q bindings correlate with IgG MFI, but not AMR”

July – August: The ATI Seminar Series will be on a summer hiatus. Check the ATI Website later this summer for details on fall speakers.

 

Information on upcoming seminars can be found on the ATI website.

If you would like to give a talk in next year’s seminar series, or if you would like to suggest a potential speaker, please contact karen.hunter@ualberta.ca.

Please note that the ATI is now using an online, self-registration system for the ATI Seminar Series. This allows us to collect attendance information for Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Professional Development reporting, as well as the data required for metrics reporting, so we would ask that all audience members sign in within two weeks of each seminar. The survey/registration can be accessed from your computer, and is mobile friendly for cell phones and tablets.

The link is included in the weekly seminar announcements, and is also available on the ATI Seminar Series webpage.

Grant Assist Program – Upcoming Workshop on CIHR Projects

The Grant Assist Program (Health Sciences) at the UofA is running a workshop for grant applicants that may be of interest.

Workshop: Insights from CIHR Project Awardees

Join us to hear Drs. Padma Kaul and Zam Kassiri, two September 2016 Project awardees, share their insights into preparing fundable Project application.
Time & Date: 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: 1-040 Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Registration: http://rsoregistration.ualberta.ca/CourseDescription.do?courseid=8330

 

 

 

FOMD and NACTRC launch a ‘One-Stop’ Clinical Research Checklist Tool!

 

Navigating the clinical research environment can be complex. The University of Alberta FoMD and NACTRC have collaborated to develop customized checklists to help researchers develop and conduct their clinical research studies. Answer two simple questions to download a customized checklist that will guide you to the available resources to make your research a success. Check it out in the services section on the NACTRC website.

We’re constantly trying improve our tools and encourage your feedback. If you have any comments on these checklists, please contact Dr. Jillian Byrne or Ron Welch.

Access the clinical research checklist tool here

Upcoming ATI Seminars

 

June 14: Dr. Lee Anne Tibbles, “ALTRA Update”

June 28: Dr. Rajalingam Raja (U of C visiting speaker from University of California, San Francisco), “C3d and C1q bindings correlate with IgG MFI, but not AMR”

 

Information on upcoming seminars can be found on the ATI website.

If you would like to give a talk in next year’s seminar series, or if you would like to suggest a potential speaker, please contact karen.hunter@ualberta.ca.

Please note that the ATI is now using an online, self-registration system for the ATI Seminar Series. This allows us to collect attendance information for Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Professional Development reporting, as well as the data required for metrics reporting, so we would ask that all audience members sign in within two weeks of each seminar. The survey/registration can be accessed from your computer, and is mobile friendly for cell phones and tablets.

The link is included in the weekly seminar announcements, and is also available on the ATI Seminar Series webpage.