EAPM Conference June 2017

Three members of the Kidney Health Education and Research Group proudly presented research at the 2017 Scientific Conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine in beautiful Barcelona, Spain. Sarah Cao, Franz Marie Gumabay, and Dr. Istvan Mucsi attended the conference and on June 29 and 30 presented the following posters:


2017 American Transplant Congress

The Kidney Health Education and Research Group was well represented at the 2017 American Transplant Congress, the annual conference of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST). The congress took place April 29 to May 3 in Chicago, Illinois. The following four abstracts submitted by our team members were accepted for poster presentation, and were presented at the “Disparity in Access and Outcomes for Solid Organ Transplantation” poster session:


Sponsoring MMAC’s First Annual Bioethics Conference

The Kidney Health Education and Research Group was proud to sponsor the Muslim Medical Association of Canada’s First Annual Bioethics Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Toronto on April 30, 2017. The conference provided Canadian healthcare practitioners with an overview of Islamic perspectives on common bioethical issues that impact Muslim patients’ healthcare decisions. Four members of the Kidney Health Education and Research Group attended: Dr. Istvan Mucsi, Abeera Ali, Ali Ayub, and Tibyan Ahmed.

The Kidney Health and Education Group embraces diversity within Canada. We are dedicated to understanding cultural differences in approaches to healthcare and working with patients to accommodate for their specific needs. Our previous studies have shown that South Asian Canadians, many of whom are Muslim, are only about half as Team members at the bioethics conferencelikely to receive living donor kidney transplant compared to Caucasians. Reduced access to living donor kidney transplant, the best treatment for end stage kidney disease, will likely result in poorer health outcomes. These observed inequities in accessing living donor kidney transplant also pose an ethical concern. The Kidney Health and Education Group seeks to partner with local community organizations such as the MMAC to understand the ethical dilemmas of organ transplant from an Islamic perspective in order to develop programs designed to better address our patients’ needs.

We look forward to engaging with the Muslim healthcare community at the conference and doing our part in helping Muslim patients suffering from kidney failure better understand the healthcare options available for them.


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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 Cao, and Dr. Istvan Mucsi.



Blood Donation August 2016

Blood Donation

The Psycho-social Nephrology Team at UHN–Toronto General Hospital is proud to provide ongoing support in saving lives and supporting patients in need. The team is committed to donating blood every 3 months and has been doing so since June 2016. Patient care and support has become an integral and pro-active part of our mission and we hope to continue with this community-spirited activity for many years to come.