Category : News & Events

Poster to first webinar of our Core Transplant Curriculum series

Launching Our Webinar Series: Core Transplant Curriculum

May 31, 2018 marks the launch of our new webinar learning series, Core Transplant Curriculum. Through close collaboration with professionals across Ontario transplant programs and centres*, we jointly created a series on the essentials of kidney transplantation. With topics ranging from patient education to living donation, it will help frontline health professionals discuss transplantation and living kidney donation with patients province-wide. Our first webinar was presented by Dr. Amy Waterman, Dr. Amit Garg, Dr. Istvan Mucsi, and Dmitri Belenko. As […]

Dr. Mucsi speaking from the podium at the gala

Give a Heart Gala – February 2018

Amar Karma Organ Donation Society held their annual Give a Heart Gala on February 3, 2018 at the Apollo Convention Centre. Their organization works towards promoting the importance of organ donation within the South Asian community, as well as other aspects of health and wellness. Youth from the community were the focus of the night as they spoke about different aspects of health care.   Our very own Dr. Istvan Mucsi had the honour of speaking at the event about […]

Imam Wael Shehab, Dr. Walele, and Dr. Mucsi

Masjid Toronto Organ Transplant Event – November 2017

To raise awareness about Islamic views on organ donation and transplant, Masjid Toronto hosted a series of presentations for the congregation following evening prayers on Friday, November 24, 2017. Dr. Istvan Mucsi of the Kidney Health Education and Research Group had the privilege of being invited to talk about our group’s research on ethnic disparities in accessing kidney transplantation. The following individuals spoke at the event as well and responded to questions from the audience:   Imam Dr. Wael Shehab, […]

Audience at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

U of T Scarborough Islam and Organ Donation Event

At University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), the Multi-Organ Transplant Insight, Outreach and Networking Society (MOTIONS) partnered with several other organizations to present an event on December 1, 2017, discussing Islamic perspectives on organ donation and transplant. Research in Canada and beyond has shown that for various reasons, Muslims are less likely to be organ donors or to receive organ transplants compared with other groups. UTSC is a campus where many students and staff are Muslims of South Asian descent, and […]

Panel at the IFT Seniors Conference

Muslim Seniors’ Conference on Organ Donation – October 2017

The Islamic Foundation of Toronto (IFT), based in the suburb of Scarborough, has a thriving seniors’ program. As part of its programming, on October 29, 2017, several members of our team were privileged to attend the IFT’s 4th Annual Seniors Conference, which featured a discussion of organ donation and transplantation. The event was very well attended, with at least 200 seniors and their family members present, as well as MPP (Scarborough-Rouge River) Raymond Cho.   Imam Shaykh Yusuf Badat spoke […]

Our team and collaborators

Access to Kidney Transplantation Launch – October 2017

The Enable Access to Kidney Transplantation and Living Donation (ENAKT-LD) initiative had its official launch event on October 23-24, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel in Toronto. ENAKT-LD is co-led by the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) and the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), the main hosts of the launch. This province-wide initiative aims to improve opportunities for, and access to, living donation and kidney transplantation for all individuals living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Ontario, Canada. The […]

Mucsi-Novak Group

Barriers to LDKT Focus Group – October 2017

On October 5, 2017 at Toronto General Hospital, our research team hosted the first in a series of focus groups involving participants in our Psychosocial and Ethnocultural Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation (LDKT) project. The purpose of these small discussion groups is to better understand the barriers and challenges experienced by people living with end stage kidney disease (ESKD) as they make decisions about what renal replacement therapies to pursue—that is, some form of dialysis versus deceased donor or […]

Hiba Yusuf

Remembering Hiba Yusuf – October 2017

Our team was deeply saddened to receive word of the sudden passing of Hiba Yusuf, a member of our professional advisory panel who was contributing to the creation of a culturally sensitive transplant education guide for Muslim Canadians with kidney disease. Hiba Yusuf had tremendous firsthand experience of the challenges, barriers and benefits associated with kidney transplantation. Her own kidneys failed due to IgA nephropathy and she received two kidney transplants: first, a living donor kidney transplant from her younger […]

Dr. Mucsi, Dmitri Belenko, Tibyan Ahmed, Abeera Ali, Vardaan Gupta, and Candice Richardson at the CST conference

CST Conference – Halifax, September 2017

On September 26-29, 2017, seven of our researchers had the privilege of presenting abstracts at the 2017 Joint Scientific Meeting of the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST) and the Cell Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Society (CTRMS) held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We had three posters recognized as Posters of Distinction among the following abstracts accepted for the conference:

Dorothy Wong, Abeera Ali, Deanna Toews, and Farzad Khalafi at the blood donation clinic

Blood Donor Clinic – September 14, 2017

On September 14, 2017, our intrepid research coordinator, Dorothy Wong, arranged for us to drop in at the College Street clinic of Canadian Blood Services for a few pints — of donated blood, that is! Some of us rolled up our sleeves and few more came along for company and moral support.