Archive | September 2015

CNTRP ATI Training Award Competition awarded to U of A Researcher

Congratulations to Anne Halpin who is a recipient of the inaugural CNTRP ATI Training Award Competition. Anne’s research project titled “Characterization of Non-HLA Antibodies in Pediatric Heart Transplantation” will be supported by the CNTRP Academic Peer Review Committee providing research and training guidance to each recipient. Anne is currently pursuing her PhD with her work in the West Lab.

CST meeting in Vancouver: CNTRP Session on “Translating discovery science to improve patient outcomes”

The CNTRP will be giving a scientific update on Friday, October 9 at 1pm PT that will focus on how the CNTRP translates discovery science to improve patient outcomes.

Joining the CNTRP – how to bring new people and ideas into the national program

The CNTRP New Initiatives Committee has launched a new page on the CNTRP website detailing the process for bringing new people and new research ideas into the structure of the CNTRP. 

To bring new investigators, partners, projects, and ideas into the CNTRP, we have established the CNTRP New Initiatives Committee (NIC). The NIC will accept and review applications for:

  1. Independent investigators with an interest in the CNTRP that would like to join an existing project or core as a new member, bringing their unique expertise to strengthen the project within the national program, or

  2. Investigators interested in bringing new research projects and ideas into the CNTRP

To learn more about this process, we encourage you to visit

The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee Survey


Survey is available in English, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

Dear Colleague,

The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee is undertaking a survey of professionals working in donation and transplantation regarding psychosocial evaluation of living organ donors. We are also collecting guidelines or policy documents concerning donor evaluation. The data collected will be used by the Committee to develop resources for transplant professionals working with living donors in a variety of sociocultural contexts.

To participate click here. The survey is anonymous, and should take about 12 minutes of your time. The survey will close on October 1st.

We would greatly appreciate your participation in this. Even if psychosocial evaluation of donors is not performed at your centre, your contribution to the study will be valuable.

Please click here to download a copy of the Plain Language Statement, which tells you more about the project and the researchers, and will help you make a decision about participation.

Even if you don’t wish to participate in the survey, we would be very grateful if you could email us a copy of any guidelines, protocols, policies or other documents about evaluation of living donors used at your centre or in your country.

Please also forward this information to any of your colleagues (within your centre, country, or region) who you think may be interested in participating.

Yours sincerely,

Riadh Fadhil sig Elizabeth Pomfret sig Dominique Martin sig
Professor Riadh Fadhil
Chair of the Working Group on Psychosocial Evaluation of Living Donors
Member of The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee
Professor Elizabeth Pomfret
Co-chair of the Working Group on Psychosocial Evaluation of Living Donors
Member of The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee
Dr Dominique Martin
Responsible researcher from the University of Melbourne
Co-chair of The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee

On behalf of Dr. Deborah James, Director Innovation Partnerships

You are invited to attend a lecture given by Dr. Amyn Sayani, Director of R&D Alliances for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Canada, entitled:

Models of Collaboration with GSK.

When:   September 23, 2015

Time:    1:00pm – 2:00pm

Where:  Classroom D in the Walter MacKenzie Health Sciences Centre. 

Dr. Amyn Sayani is the Director of R&D Alliances at GlaxoSmithKline Canada.  In this role, Amyn is responsible for identifying and establishing new R&D collaborations through innovation centers and academic institutions from across Canada to support growth of GSK’s early stage pipeline. Amyn has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years and has developed a breadth and depth of experience in pharmaceutical development, regulatory affairs and medical affairs/health outcomes.  Amyn is a pharmacist by training, and has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Rutgers University in NJ, USA.

Please come and meet Dr. Amyn Sayani and enjoy some light refreshments. 

Registration Deadline: Sept. 28, 2015 for 2015 Banff/CST Joint Scientific Meeting


The Canadian Society of Transplantation and The Banff Foundation for Allograft Pathology are pleased to co-host the 2015 Banff-CST Joint Scientific Meeting to be held in Vancouver, BC from October 5 to 10, 2015.

Sept. 28, 2015 – CLOSING: Online Meeting Registration [Register]