Archive | February 2016

Nephrology Grand Rounds (Friday March 4): Dr. Sherif Elshaz. Topic: Kidney Transplantation in the Elderly: How old is too old for a transplant?ly

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Classroom D
Room 2F1.04 WMC

Dr. Sherif Elshazly is a Nephrology Fellow, Division of Nephrology, at the University of Alberta

The poster for Grand Rounds is available here: NGR Poster March 4, 2016


Save the Date! GlycoNet’s First Annual General Meeting & Symposium is May 16-20, 2016

GlycoNet’s first Annual General Meeting and Symposium will be held from May 16–20, 2016 in Banff, Alberta at the Banff Park Lodge.

For Further details and registration:

Registration Deadlines:

March 31: Early Bird deadline for Symposium registration
April 15: Deadline for Symposium registration

The Workshop Poster can be found here: Glyconet-CNTRP poster 2016

CST Committee on Public Solicitation is seeking your input and comments

Recently, stories of public solicitation for living donors from transplant candidates and/or their families have made headlines. Public solicitation of living organ donors may raise ethical, clinical and organizational issues. In order to help transplant programs better deal with cases of public solicitation for living donors, the CST has constituted an ad hoc committee to develop guidelines on this issue. This committee was constituted of members of the CST, along with representatives from CNTRP, CBS and two patients. This committee was co-chaired by Dr. Marie-Chantal Fortin and Dr. Atul Humar. The guidelines also include member input from the public solicitation forum at the last CST annual scientific meeting in Vancouver.

Before finalizing these guidelines, the committee on public solicitation would like to have your input and comments.

The proposed guidelines can be found here:

We want to hear from you.

Please submit your comments using the online form:

The deadline for receiving comments will be February 29, 2016.


Marie-Chantal Fortin and Atul Humar

Canadian Society of Transplantation: Call for Grant Applications

Dear Allied Health Members of the Canadian Society of Transplantation,

On behalf of your Research Committee we are excited to officially announce the annual “Call for Grant Applications”.

For those of you who may not be aware, this funding opportunity is held every year and is open to all Allied Health Group members. The mandate of the Allied Health Research Committee is to support and promote research excellence among the Allied Health membership across Canada. In keeping with this mandate and as a priority we strive to do this through leadership, funding opportunities and collaboration across disciplines and centers.

The objectives of the research fund are:

  • To provide start-up funds in order to leverage peer reviewed and/or external grant opportunities
  • To provide a source of funding for transplant related research projects that improve and/or enhance patient care, patient/family satisfaction, and/or outcomes
  • To provide leadership and mentorship for novice researchers by providing funding and fostering the relationship between the novice researcher and an experienced researcher.

In addition to our usual grant, we are excited to invite new researchers to apply for our new research fund: “Allied Health Research Fund – Novice Researcher”. The goal of this Fund is to engage Allied Health members in fostering new and unique practice-based research while enhancing comfort and expertise with the research process. It will involve a facilitated relationship/mentorship with an experienced researcher in a similar area of practice. If the applicant has not identified a mentor, the CST Allied Health Research Committee will seek a mentor to participate in the project.

We would like to encourage all members to start thinking about exciting research proposals.

Information about the grant and forms can be found on the CST website:

Please submit two copies of the proposal one full and one anonymized to

Deadline for submission: MARCH 31, 2016

Interested in some mentorship or collaboration? Whether you are new to research or not, we offer opportunities for mentorship and collaboration through our mentorship program. Please contact Andrea Norgate, Chair AH committee at for more information.

Thank you

Dr. Janet Madill

Infectious Disease Conference at the U of A: Abstract Submission Now Open!

Abstract Submission

DEADLINE – The Abstract Submission Deadline is March 18, 2016.

REGISTRATION – Please note that you have to register before you can submit an abstract. Registration is now OPEN and FREE and this event fills quickly.

ELIGIBILITY – Abstract submission is open to scientists, clinicians, and trainees at the University of Alberta. External submissions can be considered upon request (

TRAINEES at all levels are highly encouraged to submit an abstract. Specifically, we encourage undergraduate students with research experience, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents. Abstracts are selected for oral or poster presentations. The conference and especially the poster session provide excellent opportunities to discuss your data with experts and stakeholders in the field. You will find out who is interested in your work and why.

AWARDS for outstanding presentations will be presented during the closing remarks.

FORMAT – The abstract should not exceed 300 words (excluding title, authors and affiliations) in ‘Times 12’. Use a concise title that introduces the content of the abstract to a broad audience. The presenting author should be underlined. Please provide full first and last names and initial(s) for middle names of all authors. Affiliation(s) should include the department and institute or centre if applicable. For the body of the text, please provide background, methods and results, and a conclusion.

SUBMISSION – Please send the abstract to:

NOTIFICATION of acceptance and type of presentation will be send out by April 8, 2016

Please note: TRAINEES at all levels are highly encouraged to submit an abstract. Specifically, undergraduate students with research experience, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents are all welcome to present their work. 

No Seminar Scheduled For ATI Seminar Series on Feb 24, 2016

There will not be a seminar this week in the ATI Seminar Series.

Please join us next week, March 2.

TTS 2016 International Congress of The Transplantation Society: Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended – Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 23:59 EST (UTC/GMT -5:00)

For more details, see the conference website:

Resident/Student ATC Travel Award Program Details

As you may have heard, AST is starting a new Resident/Student ATC Travel Award Program this year. This program is targeted toward residents and students who have expressed interest in obtaining more exposure to the field of transplantation before committing to training in transplantation.

This award program includes four key components for the resident/student:

Free ATC meeting registration
Grant for reimbursable travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend ATC
Tailored events and networking opportunities at ATC
A faculty mentor who will be a resource for guidance before, during, and after ATC

If you know of any residents or students who would be interested in this program, please share this message with them and encourage them to apply: AST Resident/Student ATC Travel Award Application.
Anne Kreiss
Mount Laurel NJ

Grant Application Details: ISHLT/Heartware Award for Translation Research in MCS


One-year award in the amount of $65,000
Application Deadline: February 29, 2016
Award Decision and Notification: April 1, 2016


The purpose of the Award is to support research utilizing MCS that would result in an increased understanding of the biologic effects, use as sole or combined therapy, insights into patient/MCS management, innovative use/application or improved outcomes for the treatment of heart failure. The Award is aimed to support rising stars in the field of mechanical circulatory support at a critical time in their career. The Award recipient will have already established a track record in the field of mechanical circulatory support and will aim to further develop their career this area.

The intent is that the Award will be for a junior faculty position dedicated to a career in the use of MCS as a treatment option for heart failure. It is anticipated that the individual will be clinician or clinician scientist at an active VAD/transplant program with a faculty appointment in either cardiology or cardiac surgery.


Applicants must have Board certification or be Board eligible (within their stated field) and have an academic staff appointment.
Applicants must have achieved such no more than 3 years prior to the date of application
Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at a University or other accredited institution of higher learning.
Applicants must not have already received extramural (external) funding >$40,000 for the same period from any other granting agency. Simultaneous internal funding for the recipient’s institution/department is permitted if it is not for the same or closely related research

For more information, please visit the Grants and Scholarships page of our website.