Category : News & Events

The team walking along a trail

Taylor Creek Hike – September 16, 2017

On a Saturday, September 16, 2017, we gathered in this beautiful ravine park in Toronto’s Don River system to go for a hike, kick a soccer ball around, share some pizza and snacks, and catch up with each other on all the latest news. We fed some mosquitoes and even did a little bushwhacking.  

CASSA Health Equity Summit – September 2017

On September 15, 2017, Dr. Istvan Mucsi was honoured to be a guest speaker at the 7th Annual Health Equity Summit hosted by theCouncil of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA). CASSA is an umbrella group of organizations working to empower the members of South Asian communities to participate fully in defining Canada’s political, economic, social and cultural future. This full-day event at Ryerson University focused on men’s health in the South Asian context, with emphasis on topics in mental, sexual and […]

The team at the CASSA 2017 AGM

CASSA Annual General Meeting – July 2017

Five members of our Kidney Health Education and Research Group attended the 2017 AGM of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians, held July 21, 2017 at the Scarborough Civic Centre. This meeting was an occasion for CASSA’s member agencies to come together to do some networking, review highlights of the past year’s activities, and elect board members. Keynote speakers for the day were Zaib Shaikh, Film Commissioner and Director of Entertainment Industries for the City of Toronto, and Samina Talat, […]


OMNI Television Appearance – Kidney Health and Chinese Canadians

On July 21, 2017, the Kidney Health Education and Research Group was pleased to take part in an interview at OMNI Television Ontario for an upcoming feature on OMNI’s Focus Cantonese program, hosted by anchor Kenneth Li and to be televised over the course of two episodes.   First to speak was pediatric nephrologist Dr. Keith Lau, Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Medical Director of Shenzen Hospital’s International Medical Center. Dr. Lau discussed the benefits of kidney […]

Banner from the EAPM 2017 conference

EAPM Conference (Barcelona) – June 2017

At the 2017 Scientific Conference of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine in vibrant Barcelona, Spain, the Kidney Health Education and Research Group was proudly represented by three team members. Sarah Cao, Franz Marie Gumabay, and Dr. Istvan Mucsi attended the conference, and on June 29 and 30 our group presented the following five abstract posters: Ethnicity and Transplant Knowledge among Canadian ESKD Patients Mucsi E., Wong D., Ford H., Gupta V., Lok C., Nesrallah G., Peipert J., Richardson C., […]

Multicultural hands supporting the globe

Ethnic Background as a Potential Barrier to LDKT: April 2017 Publication

For patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), kidney transplantation (KT) and particularly living-donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) is considered the best available treatment. Even so, not all ethnocultural groups in North America are pursuing transplant at equal rates, and these differences are especially notable in regard to LDKT. American studies have found that visible minority groups such as African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans have lower rates of KT and LDKT than white Americans. Since no similar studies had been done […]

Launch of the ETO program

Explore Transplant Ontario Pilot Study 2016-2017

In June 2017, our team completed a pilot study using the Explore Transplant Ontario (ETO) transplant education package at UHN Toronto General Hospital and Humber River Hospital. Our study aimed to assess the feasibility and impact of using this transplant education package to improve transplant-related knowledge and transplant readiness among patients who have end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and are receiving dialysis.   The study was designed by Drs. Mucsi and Novak of UHN and Dr. Amy Waterman, a psychologist and […]

Launch of the ETO program

Explore Transplant Ontario (ETO) – Provincial implementation

The provincial Explore Transplant Ontario (ETO) project is a province-wide quality initiative led by Dr. Amit Garg and co-led by Drs. Novak and Mucsi. The ETO pilot study, conducted at Toronto General Hospital and Humber River Hospital, demonstrated that a targeted transplant education package for patients with advanced kidney disease significantly increased patients’ knowledge of kidney transplantation options and their ability to make informed treatment decisions. The ETO transplant education toolkit consists of print materials informing patients and their families […]

Person using a glucometer

Diabetes and Depression: Risk Factors for Chronic Kidney Disease, Morbidity and Mortality

Diabetes often coexists with mental health problems such as depression. Research suggests that this link goes in two directions—that is, adults with Type 2 diabetes are twice as likely as non-diabetic adults to develop depression, and depressed adults also have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes, in turn, accounts for about 50% of new cases of end-stage kidney disease, where kidney function declines to the point that a patient requires renal replacement therapy—namely, kidney transplant or dialysis. […]

  • Speakers on the panel
    Speakers on the panel
  • Speakers on the panel
    Speakers on the panel
  • Full house at the conference
    Full house at the conference
  • Speakers on the panel
    Speakers on the panel

Kidney Health Education and Research Group at MMAC’s First Annual Bioethics Conference

The Kidney Health Education and Research Group is proud to have sponsored the Muslim Medical Association of Canada’s First Annual Bioethics Conference, at Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto on Sunday April 30th, 2017. The conference aimed to provide healthcare practitioners in Canada with a review of common bioethical issues from an Islamic perspective that impact Muslim patients’ healthcare decisions. The conference was attended by 4 members of the team: Dr. Istvan Mucsi, Abeera Ali, Ali Ayub, Tibyan Ahmed. The conference featured a wide range of […]