Archive | August 2015

ATI Seminar Series resumes on Sept. 9

Dr. Luis Hidalgo and Dr. Simon Urschel, ATI seminar series coordinators, are pleased to announce that ATI’s weekly seminar will resume on Wednesday, September 9 from Noon – 1pm in Classroom D WMC. Weekly notifications will begin shortly.

Trafficking in Human Beings for the Purpose of Organ Removal and the Ethical and Legal Obligations of Healthcare Providers: New Recommendations

Despite international efforts to curb and to elucidate the illegal organ trade, the buying and selling of organs continues, involving patients travelling to countries throughout the world. It has been estimated that approximately 10% of all transplants may occur illegally.

 A team of international researchers, Co-Chaired by Timothy Caulfield of the CNTRP and the University of Alberta, recently released recommendations to improve the response to trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal and the ethical and legal obligations of healthcare providers

Physicians are well placed to play a role in the mitigation of the illegal organ trade, including trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal. They have unique access to patient information and are in a position to provide patients with critical information about the nature of the illegal trade.

DOWNLOAD the full set of recommendations.  We strongly encourage you to share these recommendations with your colleagues and relevant health professional bodies to help address this important and pressing issue.

Learn more about the HOTT Project that is combating trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal.


Caulfield T, Duijst W, Bos M, Chassis I, Codreanu I, Cronin A, Danovitch G, Gill J, Ivanovski N, Shin M, Trafficking in human beings for the purpose of organ removal and the ethical and legal obligations of healthcare providers: recommendations. Online at (August 2015).

A Tireless Advocate for Organ Donation

Help support Hélène Campbell to raise funds for the important Give2Live Campaign.

The ATI is encouraging you to help support Hélène Campbell who is organizing and participating in the Lung Run on September 13, 2015 in Ottawa.  Hélène is running to help raise funds and awareness for the Give2Live Campaign that supports patients and families in helping to cover their relocation and living expenses while awaiting a transplant.


Since her double-lung transplant in 2012, Hélène has been a tireless donor organ advocate. As part of her commitment to this cause, she has been actively participating in the CNTRP’s patient engagement initiative.

You can pledge your support by visiting the following page:

NOW accepting applications to the CNTRP Academic Training Program

The CNTRP Academic and Career Development Platform is now accpeting applications to join the CNTRP Academic Training Program starting in the Fall 2015.  The Academic Training Program fosters the integrated training of graduate students, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars involved in the CNTRP who are doing research in the field of organ and cell donation and transplantation in order to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians who receive transplants with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

The deadline for submitting an application is August 20, 2015.

DOWNLOAD the application form and LEARN MORE about the CNTRP Academic Training Program.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: AUGUST 14, 2015 – Call for CST Board Self-Nominations

The Canadian Society of Transplantation is holding an election for Board members and the Executive on October 9th, 2015 for the period 2015-2017.  There will be an annual general meeting of the membership in Vancouver on this date.

The positions for election are: nine (9) Board Directors including a President and Vice-President; as well as, a Secretary and a Treasurer. All Board positions are up for election. Please contact any current Board member or the CST Office for additional information.

A candidate must meet the following criteria:

  1. A Full Member in good standing
  2. Supported by five (5) other Full Members

To submit a self-nomination, all of the following items must be submitted to the CST Office by email to by August 14th, 2015:

  1. Submit your name along with a statement of intent to be nominated and signed endorsements from the five (5) supporting Full Members
  2. A photograph
  3. A 500 word (max) biographical sketch
  4. A history of CST Service Note: this item is separate for the biosketch

Note: Associate members may become full members by paying the required fees and this way they acquire voting privileges.

All of the candidates will be combined on one slate for election. The slate of candidates for election will be circulated to the members of the CST on August 28th, 2015. CST full members will be able to vote for these candidates by electronic ballot from August 28th to October 9th, 2015 until the final call for electronic ballot is made at the AGM.

The final votes will be tallied and the names of the elected candidates announced at the close of the CST AGM.

The CST Board looks forward to a vigorous democratic process and a high turn-out for this vote!  Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.


Ian Alwayn, CST Secretary

DEADLINE: Aug. 18th – ATI/CNTRP Research Innovation Grant Competition 2015

Application Deadline: August 18th, 2015

The Alberta Transplant Institute is pleased to have joined the partnership of CNTRP and Astellas to provide additional funding to support Alberta researchers participating in this competition to bring their new and innovative pilot projects into the CNTRP. This grant, called the “CNTRP ATI Innovation Grant”, will be awarded to the top ranked fundable application from the province of Alberta.

The objective of the CNTRP Astellas Research Innovation Grant competition is to support peer-reviewed pilot research project(s) that align with CNTRP’s overall objective to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians who receive transplants with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

The primary area of focus for this competition is to nurture innovative research aligning with the strategic research priority of the CNTRP in the area of personalized medicine approaches in transplantation to improve health outcomes.

More information

Wednesday, August 12: Special ATI Seminar

Please join ATI in Classroom D on Wednesday, August 12 for an update on the FoMD Strategic Plan.

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Introduction and overview from the Dean
  2. Presentation on strategic plan
  3. Discussion, questions, ‘even better if’ refinement of Roadmaps
Lunch will be provided.