• David Hartell

Looking back on the CDTRP 5th Annual Scientific Meeting and the Canadian Transplant Summit


We are very pleased to share this short recap covering the highlights, pictures, presentations, and successes of the recent CDTRP 5th Annual Scientific Meeting that took place in Ottawa on Oct 17-18, as part of the larger Canadian Transplant Summit.

We are working on selecting the dates and location for the next CDTRP annual scientific meeting (to be announced shortly) but would like to thank everyone who made the trip to Ottawa, participated in the CDTRP meetings and made the Canadian Transplant Summit a tremendous success.

Here are some highlights from the CDTRP Annual Meeting:

(participants at the CDTRP 5th Annual Scientific Meeting on the Thursday evening, Oct 18 in Ottawa)

Changing the N to a D

We made the official announcement that we are replacing the N in the "Canadian National Transplant Research Program - CNTRP" with a D to become the "Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program - CDTRP". You can read more about this change in our recent post.

Officially Announcing the CIHR Renewal of our national network

We had the pleasure of having the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health - MP John Oliver - address the entire conference to announce the Government's renewal of our national network. This new funding comes from several CIHR Institutes (III, ICR and INMD), the Kidney Foundation of Canada, les Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé, Astellas Pharma Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and the Liver Foundation of Canada. Read more about what this announcement means for our research community.

Introducing the revised research Themes and Platforms

We had the opportunity to hear from each of the new Theme Leads about their vision and the research ideas that will comprise the new 5 research Themes, as well as an overview of the 4 Platforms and what resources they offer the research community. We also had the chance to sit together face to face with each of the Theme members to share ideas and develop strategies on how to work together over the coming year to achieve the collective research goals.

You can access each of the opening presentations to give you a better sense of vision and direction of each of the Theme and the revised Platforms.

Patient / Family Forum

As part of the Canadian Transplant Summit, there was an intentional effort to include transplant recipients, living donors, donor families, care providers and community partners to participate in the scientific content of the Summit and the CDTRP Annual Meeting. A large group of highly motivated, enthusiastic and thoughtful "patient-partners" attended the meeting and brought their unique, insightful and personal perspectives to help inspire and elevate the conference.

To help integrate and orient patients and families into the scientific conference, we organized two dedicated Patient / Family Forums to bring everyone together at the beginning and the end of the Summit to explain the processes behind attending a scientific meeting, and allowing everyone the chance to meet and share experiences. This successful initiative was organized and run by Sylvain Bédard, the Co-Lead of the CDTRP Patient Researcher Partnership Platform. We look forward to receiving everyone's feedback on this initiative and look forward to expanding the role of patients and families in all our future activities.

Launch of Innovation Grant Competition

The CDTRP, in partnership with Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., the Alberta Transplant Innovation Fund, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Big Gifts for Little Lives Fund, the Addison Fund and the UHN Multi-Organ Transplant Program officially launched the 2018 CDTRP Research Innovation Grant competition.

Now in our 5th year, this competition provides funding to seed new and innovative pilot projects in the hematopoietic cell transplant, solid organ transplant and critical care / donation fields that will be integrated and supported by the national research structure of the CDTRP. Learn more about this competition.

CST Awards

Several members of the community received well deserved awards from the Canadian Society of Transplantation. We would like to congratulate all recipients and encourage you to look at the full list of recipients on the CST website.

Dance Competition

Finally, we would like to acknowledge the "CDTRP Dance Team" for taking home the prestigious dance championship title over the CST and CBS teams. A solid, and entertaining, effort by everyone involved and a great way to finish off a successful summit.

Images from the Summit and CDTRP Meeting

A thank you to Stéphanie Larivière Beaudoin for taking pictures throughout the meeting and we are happy to share our favourites with you.

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