Transforming transplant research in Canada
The Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) is a national research network designed to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians living with a transplant.
Announced at the end of April 2013, the CNTRP develops new knowledge and health care practices to increase the availability of transplants for Canadians in need and improve longterm outcomes for patients receiving a transplant. Until now, researchers have worked within their own provinces and clinical domains. The CNTRP is the first program to bring together and integrate solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant and donation and critical care research communities, together with patients and families, from across the country.
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 connects more than 200 investigators, students, collaborators, patient partners and knowledge-users at 30 sites throughout Canada to carry out research and develop resources to increase access to transplantation and improve survival and quality of life of transplant patients . SEE LIST OF CNTRP MEMBERS
Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert is the Vice-President Research of the University of Montréal, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal, a researcher at the CHUM research centre and a nephrologist-transplant physician at the CHUM. Dr. Hébert is an expert in the fields of programmed cell death and biomarkers of rejection and her work helps to better characterize endothelial and vascular damage mechanisms induced by new immunosuppressive therapies in transplantation and chronic renal failure.
Dr. Lori West is a pediatric transplant cardiologist and transplant immunologist at the University of Alberta and is Director of the Alberta Transplant Institute. Dr. West holds a Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Transplantation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has longstanding interests and expertise in translational research that span the breadth of transplant research from basic transplant immunology and neonatal tolerance studies to clinical outcomes and qualitative investigations.
Research Goals of the CNTRP
- 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