About the Transplantation Research Initiative

In 2010, the Advisory Board of the Institute of Infection and Immunity identified solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a field in which strategic investment and targeted programming could improve clinical outcomes.

III organized a consultation workshop to obtain advice and input from members of the transplantation research community and interested partner organizations.

The CIHR Program Grant in Transplantation Research was developed in response to the workshop recommendations and in partnership with key organizations in the transplantation community:

The Program Grant in Transplantation supported the development of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) with $11.25M from CIHR, in addition to $2.6M from partners, for a total of $13.85M.

Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP)

The CNTRP is in operation since April 1st, 2013, and is a national program designed to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians who receive transplants.

The program is led by Drs. Lori West at the Alberta Transplant Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and Marie-Josée Hébert at the Université de Montréal and brings together over 200 scientists, students, collaborators, patient partners and knowledge-users at 30 sites across Canada to carry out research and develop resources to help Canadians waiting for a tissue or organ transplant.

The specific goals of the program are to:

  • increase the availability of transplants
  • extend the longevity of grafts
  • improve the long-term survival and quality of life of transplant patients
  • develop and enhance the pool of researchers and clinicians in the field of transplantation
  • integrate and coordinate transplantation research nationwide

The program represents a national collaboration involving research funding agencies, national health charities, industry, hospitals and academic health centres across the country.

In early 2014, Minister Ambrose and CPHO Dr. Gregory Taylor visited with Dr. Lori West at her lab in Alberta to hear more about her work of the CNTRP. Video highlighting that visit.

For more information, please visit the website of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program.

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