Steering Committee

Tania Janaudis-Ferreira,


Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. She received her physiotherapy degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas in Brazil in 1999 and completed her Master’s (2005) and PhD degrees (2010) in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation for individuals with

chronic lung disease at Umeå University in Sweden. From 2006 to 2007 she was a physiotherapist at the Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil and worked with different patient populations including transplant recipients. She was a Scientist at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto for 3 years (2012-2015) where she conducted research in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation. 


She initiated her research program in the field of rehabilitation for transplant recipients in 2011 at St John’s Rehab Program of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, home of the only dedicated inpatient rehabilitation program for solid organ transplant recipients in Canada. In 2013, she was a co-principal investigator on a Planning Grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which aimed to establish research priorities in the area of exercise training and rehabilitation for transplant candidates and recipients. Dr. Janaudis-Ferreira is currently a co-principal investigator on a CIHR Dissemination Grant to raise awareness of the importance of exercise training for transplant candidates and recipients. She is a member of the Allied Health Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, an investigator with the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) and the co-founder of CAN-RESTORE.

Sunita Mathur,
BScPT, MSc, PhD 


Dr. Sunita Mathur is a physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD from the University of British Columbia (2006) in Exercise Physiology, where she was first exposed to conducting research in lung transplant

recipients. Her PhD work prompted her interest the field of exercise and transplantation. Her current research program at the University of Toronto focuses on examining skeletal muscle dysfunction in people undergoing lung transplantation. She leads several research projects that use a combination of skeletal muscle imaging and functional assessments to understand how muscle dysfunction contributes to exercise tolerance in lung transplant recipients. Dr. Mathur collaborates closely with the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at the University Health Network.


Along with Dr. Janaudis-Ferreira, she is the co-Principal Investigator on a Planning Grant (2013) and Dissemination Grant (2015) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to establish research priorities and disseminate the best available evidence for exercise and rehabilitation in solid organ transplant candidates and recipients. She is a member of the Allied Health Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, an investigator with the CNTRP and the co-founder of CAN-RESTORE.

Tom Blydt-Hansen, MD, FRCPC 


Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen received his MD from McGill University in 1992. He trained in Pediatrics and Nephrology at the Montreal Children's Hospital, and went on to receive further training in transplantation and research at the University of California, Los Angeles. He started his career at the University of Manitoba as a Pediatric Nephrologist and was Section Head of Nephrology from 2005-2014. He is currently Director of the Multi Organ Transplant Program at BC Children’s Hospital and an investigator with the CNTRP.

He is the Past-President of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and is an established clinical and translational researcher, including as co-investigator on several nationally funded multi-center cohort studies including CAN-RESTORE, STOPP, CKiD, iCARE, ABLE and CNTRP which integrate the research model into active clinical care. His translational research program is focused on characterizing phenotypes of kidney allograft injury using urine metabolite profiling. He is lead investigator in the PROBE study, a CIHR funded multi-center cohort study to identify non-invasive urine biomarkers of allograft rejection in pediatric kidney transplant recipients.



Robin Deliva, BScPT, MSc 


Robin Deliva is a physiotherapist with the heart and lung transplant programs within the SickKids Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre. Robin is the Chair of the CAN-RESTORE Paediatric Sub-committee. Robin received a Master’s degree in Physiology and subsequently completed her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Toronto where she has a status appointment as Lecturer with the Department of Physical Therapy. 

She is actively involved in professional transplant associations, including the Canadian Society of Transplantation where she has been chair of the Allied Health Research Committee for the past 4 years and a member of the CST Grant and Fellowship Committee for the past 3 years.  She has been an active volunteer for organ donor activities, including the High School Outreach Initiative in Toronto, a program geared to educate high school students about organ donation and transplantation. She also volunteered as a junior team manager for Team Canada at the World Transplant Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007 and in Queensland, Australia in 2009. Her clinical and research interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes and long-term health and fitness in pediatric transplant recipients.



Lorraine Hamiwka, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Lorraine Hamiwka is a Pediatric Nephrologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. With additional training in pediatric kidney transplantation, she is the director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program, participates in multiple committees for the Southern Alberta Transplant Program and has focused much of her research in the area of kidney transplantation. She is the Program Director of the Pediatric Nephrology RCPSC Residency Training Program and sits on the Department of Pediatric Education Advisory Council and a CNTRP Investigator. She is also the chair of the Pediatric Nephrology Transition to Adult Services Committee at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She serves as an executive committee member of the Pediatric Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, which is the national body of pediatric transplant professionals. She is currently involved in two Canadian Kidney Transplant Research Projects which are funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute as a researcher and a local investigator: the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) and the Paediatric Renal Transplant Optimization using Biomarkers Examining Urine (PROBE) Study.

Because of her strong interest and research in physical activity and healthy living in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease, she is currently a member of CAN-RESTORE and the Calgary Renal Rehabilitation Committee. She continues to be involved in both research and local initiatives to encourage pediatric patients and young adults who have undergone kidney transplantation to engage in regular physical activity as part of their overall medical care.

Donna Hart (patient partner, heart transplant recipient)


Donna has a lifelong interest in sports and believes we should make activity part of our everyday life.  She is a long standing member of the Milton Masters Swim club and a member of the Oakville Cycling Club since 2011. Sport has always been an integral part of Donna’s life.  

In December 2014 Donna was diagnosed with heart failure, soon after she was listed for a heart transplant. In May 2015, her life was saved when she received a new heart. In August 2016, Donna participated in the Canadian Transplant Games for the first time, and competing in swimming and cycling events.

Professionally, Donna is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. Her career focused on working with people with disabilities and assisting them to lead productive and fuller lives.


Nancy Howes, BScPT, MSc


Nancy Howes is a Physical Therapist who has worked with the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the London Health Sciences Centre for almost 20 years.  She is a clinician who has an interest in research, particularly concerning the benefits of exercise for heart, kidney and liver transplant patients.  Nancy completed a Master's of Science degree in 2012, with her research looking at the preoperative fitness of liver transplant candidates. Nancy is serving as a "member at large" for the Allied Health Committee of the Canadian Society of Transplantation.






Agnès Räkel, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Dr Agnès Räkel received her MD from University of Montreal in 2000. She was trained in Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Montreal. She then obtained a Masters in Epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal (2007) during which she studied diabetes as a risk factor for fractures in solid organ transplant patients in Quebec. Dr. Rakel is an Endocrinologist at CHUM since 2008. She specializes in endocrine complications post-solid organ transplant and is responsible of the post-transplant endocrine complications clinic. She set up a kinesiology service dedicated to transplant patients to enable them to combat the side effects of anti-rejection medication by exercise. This program allows her to do research on the effects of exercise in transplant patients. Finally Dr. Rakel is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and supervises several students at all levels and actively participates in the teaching of Endocrinology in University of Montreal. Dr. Rakel has published twenty abstracts, a dozen articles and participated in the writing of two book chapters.



Bianca Segatto, MSc


Bianca Segatto is a health and wellness specialist and is passionate about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals and to live their best life possible by utilizing holistic principles and an individualized approach. She has extensive experience in sport event planning and management, including serving on the Executive LOC for the 2008 Canadian Transplant Games in Windsor, Ontario.

Completing a Master’s degree from McGill University in Health and Exercise Psychology, her thesis focused on the behavioural and affective outcomes of motivation for physical activity among transplant recipients. The research program provided insights to transplant recipient’s health related quality of life, and psychological wellbeing in relation to physical activity.

Surrounded by the transplant community her entire life, as her father is transplant recipient, Bianca has been involved with the CTA and promoting organ donation from a very young age. Bianca is excited to bring her expertise and multidisciplinary skill set to the CAN-RESTORE Steering Committee.


Keith Childerhose, Double lung transplant recipient
Jenny Wichart, Pharmacist, Alberta Children's Hospital

Sandra Holdsworth, Liver transplant recipient

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