The “Kidney Health Education and Research Group” group is part of both the Multiorgan Transplant Program and Centre for Mental Health at the University Health Network and University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
We are a multidisciplinary, interprofessional group of healthcare professionals building partnerships with patients, other researchers and professional and lay organizations to work towards the following goals:
Our studies involve the participation of patients treated with dialysis, kidney transplant recipients and patients with earlier stages of chronic kidney disease.
Our goal is to facilitate shared decision-making, self-management and improve satisfaction and quality of life of patients with various stages of chronic kidney disease;
We are conducting studies at the University Health Network and other teaching and community hospitals. We are also planning studies that will assess knowledge about and attitudes towards chronic kidney disease, dialysis and kidney transplantation in the general public.
If you are a potential graduate student wishing to learn more about the group and its research activity, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an undergraduate student interested in joining our group as a volunteer student or as a research personal, please contact us with your transcripts, a one page motivation letter and your resume.
Eight members of the Kidney Health Education and Research Group attended the “2016 Canadian Society of Transplantation, Canadian National Transplant Research Program, Société Québécoise de Transplantation Joint Scientific Meeting” from October 13 to 16, 2016 in Québec City, Québec. Attendees included: Aarushi Bansal, Candice Richardson, Dmitri Belenko, Dorothy Wong, Evan Tang, Franz Marie Gumabay, Sarah …View full post
The Psycho-social Nephrology Team at UHN-Toronto General Hospital is proud to provide on-going support in saving lives and supporting patients in need. The team is committed to donating blood every 3 months and having been do so since June 2016. Patient care and support has become an integral and pro-active part in their mission …View full post
Mental health disorders and a history of non-adherence could be barriers to completing transplant workup and undergoing kidney transplantation. This is supported by our study recently published in the journal Transplantation. Our team collected data from more than 1700 patients and examined the association between mental health and non-adherence, and workup completion and/or kidney transplant. Patients …View full post
Our team is currently conducting a pilot study using the Explore Transplant Ontario program at Toronto General Hospital and Humber River Hospital. As a first step in the study a pilot training was conducted, where nurses from the intervention site participated along with students and researchers on the team. The study aims to enrol 300 patients and …View full post
Adapting the Explore Transplant program to Ontario’s cultural and ethnic diversity involved a dedicated team of patients, physicians, and nurses. With the cooperation of six transplant centres across the province, the program was thoroughly reviewed to ensure that it meets the needs of Ontarian patients. The finalized version of the Explore Transplant Ontario program was …View full post
To address the lack of transplant education in Ontario, Dr. Mucsi and Dr. Novak teamed up with Dr. Amy Waterman, creator of the widely successful program ‘Explore Transplant’. The program, which was developed by Dr. Waterman at UCLA, aims to dispel myths and misconceptions and explain the transplant process from both medical and past patients’ perspectives. Explore Transplant …View full post
The impact of mental illness on renal outcomes has been insufficiently documented in diabetic patient populations. Our team’s study, recently published in the Diabetes Care journal of the American Diabetes Association, examined whether comorbid depression in diabetic patients is linked to an increased risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The study concluded that the presence …View full post