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Equity in Transplant

On December 18th, KHERG had the unique opportunity to take part in the City-Wide Nephrology Rounds by hosting a presentation on equitable access to living donor kidney transplant. The audience included a range of transplant professionals, researchers, and students in the Toronto area, who were all keen to hear from Transplant Nephrologist, Dr. Istvan Mucsi, and KHERG’s new Research Associate, Lydia-Joi Marshall. The presentation touched on a range of important topics. Before starting with an overview of the disparities that […]

Celebrating Maariyah’s First Heart-a-versary

On December 19th, KHERG took part in a celebration of the one-year anniversary of Maariyah Rahman’s heart transplant. This fundraising event in support of the UHN Transplant Program was inspired by Maariyah’s journey through heart failure and transplantation. In December 2018, Maariyah was suddenly diagnosed with heart failure after developing what she thought was a common cough – as would be expected for a healthy, active 20-year old. Within weeks of receiving this diagnosis, Maariyah received a heart transplant. She […]

Happy Holidays from KHERG!

Our team celebrated the holidays last week with our annual Holiday Social on Dec 18th – full of food, fun, and games. A game of trivia brought out the competitive side in our team, which continued into the night with our board game café-style event. With all the tireless work that our team does, from recruitment to project coordination, it was a great chance to sit back and enjoy the season with fellow teammates. On behalf of the entire KHERG […]

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Project

The Centre for Living Organ Donation at University Health Network and Providence Health Care Research Institute at Providence Health Care are pleased to launch A.C.T.I.O.N., a joint project to reduce inequities in access to living kidney donation and transplantation in the South Asian and Black, African and Caribbean (ACB) communities in British Columbia and Ontario. The term A.C.T.I.O.N. comes from a creative interpretation of the project title: Improving Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation (LDKT) in Ethno-racial Minority Communities in […]

Soup-er Sound

The Bangladesh Centre & Community Services (BCCS) hosted a fundraising festival on Dec 1, 2019 featuring soup and live music. Members of KHERG were happy participants alongside community members of BCCS. BCCS organizes regular community gatherings to meet their aim of creating and managing a strong and stable sense of community. The afternoon started with a serving of a variety of delicious soups, most of them family recipes, prepared by members of the community. Despite the snowy weather, we saw […]

South Asian Cultural Project Community Partnerships

In the last week of November, we organized a talk led by Dr. Istvan Mucsi as part of our ongoing community outreach to explore ethno-cultural barriers to living donor kidney transplantation in the South Asian community. We are happy to have partnered up with the Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) for this presentation. PCHS is a not-for-profit, charitable health service provider organization focused on empowering diverse communities. Some of their programs include empowering newcomers to integrate into Canadian society, providing […]

KHERG Member Wins ISOQOL Student Oral Presentation Award

Congratulations to Sumaya Dano, MSc candidate at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, for receiving the 2019 Student Oral Presentation Award, Student and New Investigator Awards. Every year the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) recognizes the best overall oral and poster presentations at the Annual Conference made by full-time students and investigators in the early stages of their career. The ISOQUOL is a global community of researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient […]

Partnership with Black Health Alliance

As part of our research exploring ethnocultural barriers to living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT), we are honoured to be working with the Black Health Alliance on a joint venture to understand and address barriers to LDKT in the diverse African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities in Ontario. The Black Health Alliance is a community-led charitable organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of Black communities in Canada. The Black Health Alliance champions health equity through engaging in systems change, […]

Our collaboration with Council of Agencies Serving South Asians

Within the framework of KHERG’s research examining ethnocultural barriers to living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT), we are partnering with the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) to raise awareness of kidney disease and organ donation in the South Asian community of Toronto. CASSA is an umbrella organization that supports and works to empower agencies, groups, and individuals who provide services to the South Asian community. KHERG and CASSA have joined forces to engage the community in conversations about barriers […]