Announcing a groundbreaking national partnership and team grant competition to improve outcomes for
Ottawa, July 4, 2016 – Addison McArthur isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up, though at the moment her list includes either an astronaut or astronomer, possibly a chocolate factory owner. The five-year old Vancouver girl (see on the right in the picture above) says she has lots of time to decide, but her parents know that may not be the case. Addison received a heart transplant at three weeks of age and the stark reality is that only about half of pediatric heart transplant patients survive 15 years past surgery.
Now a groundbreaking new national partnership aims to change that. With the sole purpose of funding Canadian research to improve outcomes for pediatric solid organ transplant patients, the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) is launching a $100,000 Team Grant competition. Dr. Lori West - CNTRP Director and a world leader in pediatric cardiac transplantation - says, “This will provide a unique opportunity to conduct research with a team of experts from centres across Canada that would not be possible at a single centre. These connections are vital if we really want to make a difference for our young patients.”
The National Child Health Transplant Team Grant is initiated by the Addison Fund of the Transplant Research Foundation of BC and supported by Astellas Canada, the Alberta Transplant Institute and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Every day we have with our daughter is an incredible gift, but we want her to live a long and healthy life like any normal child,” says Addison’s mom Elaine Yong. “That’s why we have dedicated our efforts to raising money for research. Research is how we will get there.”
Between 2004-2013, over 1250 children in Canada have undergone a life-saving organ transplant. Due to their growth and development and the severity of their end-stage diseases, these young patients face a unique set of challenges that impact not only the success and side effects of transplantation, but increase the complexity of transplantation. Yet, much of their care is based upon clinical trials and studies conducted on adults. That is why it is so important to encourage and support research that focuses exclusively on children.
The CNTRP is now accepting applications for a peer-reviewed research project that is patient-focused and aims to have direct impact on improving health outcomes of pediatric solid organ transplant patients. The successful application will support a team of junior and senior researchers working together across disciplines and across Canada.
The application deadline is November 1, 2016 and for more details visit www.cntrp.ca/child_health_team_grants