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Next CNTRP Webinar: Metagenomic Approaches to Virus Discovery in Transplant Recipients with Idiopath

As part of the CNTRP Core 3 Training Program, we have scheduled a series of training webinars that are open to all CNTRP members to attend and learn from their colleagues.

The next CNTRP training webinar is:

“Metagenomic Approaches to Virus Discovery in Transplant Recipients with Idiopathic Disease"

Dr. Andrew Mason - Professor of Medicine and Director of the Applied Genomic Core at the University of Alberta. CNTRP Project 5 Researcher

Monday, April 4 - 1pm PT / 2pm MT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET / 5pm AT

Transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy have an increased risk of infection and may develop idiopathic syndromes of unknown etiology. As a proportion of these disorders may be related to viral infection, we have developed a program to investigate the possibility with view to discovering new (or known) viruses in patients’ samples. With the advent of next generation sequencing (NGS) with increased depth of sequencing at a reduced cost, many labs have taken a metagenomic approach for virus discovery. In this webinar, we will discuss the applicability of using NGS to discover novel viral agents, assess changes in the microbiome and investigate idiopathic transplant syndromes. We will also discuss the utility and difficulties of using metagenomic approaches to viral discovery.

Our lab has a specific interest in detecting etiologic agents in patients developing recurrent disease following liver transplantation related to autoimmune liver disease. We are also interested in studying samples from transplant recipients with non-EBV related PTLD, pneumonitis of unknown origin and other idiopathic infectious processes. These studies are being pursued in order to establish a potential etiology of disease with a view to constructing novel diagnostics and finding new therapeutic avenues.

For information on joining this webinars, please contact David Hartell at davidhartell [at] cntrp.ca


  • April 11 – Sabine Ivison – Immune Monitoring

  • April 25 – Maureen Meade – Donation research in the ICU

  • May 9 – Seema Mital – Pediatric Transplantation

  • May 30 – Atul Humar – Infectious disease research and a new CMV Clinical Trial

  • June 13 – Samantha Anthony – Quality of Life Research


The following training webinars are available anytime on demand on the private CNTRP Research Site

Tissue Transplantation: Past, Present and Future - Dr. Jelena Holovati - Associate Professor of Medicine & Dentistry in the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta

Economic Research in the field of donation and transplantation - Dr. Scott Klarenbach - Core 1 Co-Lead

Patient Engagement Research - Marie-Chantal Fortin and Hélène Campbell - Core 1

Showcasing our new CNTRP Patient Database and Virtual Biorepository - Kristjan Paulson, Kirk Schultz, Peter Subrt, Core 2

Experiences as a Donation Support Physician: Dead or Not Dead? - Dr. Sonny Dhanani - Project 2 Researcher and Core 3 Co-Lead

Clinical change on the wings of science - the saga of the first ABO incompatible heart transplant - Dr. Lori West - Director, CNTRP

ABO antigens - The intersection between transplantation and glycomics - Dr. Todd Lowary and Dr. Lori West – Project 4 Researchers and CNTRP Director

Evolution of Deceased Donation Research, Practice and Policy in Canada - Dr. Sam Shemie - Project 2 Co-Lead

Exercise Rehabilitation Therapy in Solid Organ Transplant Patients - Dr. Sunita Mathur - Project 7 Researcher

Surgical Improvements in Kidney Transplantation - Dr. Ian Alwayn - Project 1 Researcher

Organs, Tissues and Ethical Issues - Linda Wright - Project 2 Co-Lead

Living Kidney Donation - Dr. Amit Garg - Project 2 member

Is necroptosis the missing link to graft rejection? - Dr. Zhu-Xu Zhang - Project 3 Researcher

Consent, Incentives and Transplantation in Canada: What Does the Law Say? - Prof Tim Caulfield - Core 1 Lead

Transplantation Tolerance - Dr. Megan Levings - Project 4 Co-Lead

Cell Therapy Research: Exciting opportunities across Canada - Depletion of Alloreactive T cells - Dr. Denis Claude Roy - Project 4 Co-Lead

Indications and Outcomes of Clinical Islet Transplantation, and Future Plans for Stem Cell Transplantation in Type 1 Diabetes - Dr. James Shapiro - Project 1 Lead

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