Category : News & Events

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2017 American Transplant Congress (ATC)

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 was held from April 29 to May 3 in Chicago, Illinois. Four abstracts submitted by our team members were accepted for poster presentation, and on May 1 the team presented these research posters at the “Disparity in Access and Outcomes for Solid Organ Transplantation” poster […]

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Sponsoring MMAC’s First Annual Bioethics Conference

The Kidney Health Education and Research Group is proud to sponsor the Muslim Medical Association of Canada’s First Annual Bioethics Conference, at Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto on Sunday April 30th, 2017! The conference aims to provide healthcare practitioners in Canada with a review of common bio-ethical issues from an Islamic perspective that impact Muslim patients’ healthcare decisions. The Kidney Health and Education Group embraces diversity within Canada. We are dedicated to understanding cultural differences in approaches to healthcare and working […]

CNTRP Announcement

2016 CNTRP Research Innovations Grant Award

Of the fifteen projects selected by the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) for funding, Dr. Mucsi’s study – “Psychosocial and Ethno-Cultural Barriers to Living Donor Kidney Transplantation- Qualitative Study New CNTRP study under Project 2” was successfully awarded the 2016 CNTRP UHN Research Innovation Grant. These fifteen projects are important new components of the CNTRP and will have a significant impact on both solid organ and stem cell transplant patients,” says Dr. Lori West, Director of the CNTRP and […]

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Christmas Holidays Request from Drs. Mucsi & Novak

As one of our patients, you already appreciate what a difference integrated kidney health care makes in your life. Through education, information sharing and taking care of your emotional and psychological needs, we are there for you in what can be a difficult journey to better health. As you probably know, new research is the reason we can improve that care. It is health research, however, that is most difficult to fund in today’s financial climate. If in your journey […]

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Improving access to living donor kidney transplant (LDKT)

Dr. Istvan Mucsi gave a research in progress presentation at the Division of Nephrology, UHN on September 30th. His presentation is available for viewing here. [pdfjs-viewer url= viewer_width=100% viewer_height=600px fullscreen=false download=false print=false]

CST Conference October 2016

CST Conference October 2016

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. After a ten hour road trip starting at Toronto General Hospital, the team arrived at the Hilton Québec—the CST-CNTRP-SQT Joint […]

Dr. Mucsi, Dorothy Wong, and Evan Tang at the blood donation clinic

Blood Donation August 2016

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. In September, we arranged to drop in to Canadian Blood Services’ blood donor clinic on College Street in Toronto, and several team members rolled up their sleeves to give blood. We are always on the lookout for opportunities to participate […]

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Psychosocial and ethnocultural barriers to living donor kidney transplantation (UHN 15-9775-AE)

Living donor kidney transplantation is the best treatment for many patients with end-stage kidney disease, since it provides better survival, better quality of life than dialysis and the waiting time is much shorter compared to deceased donor transplant. Our preliminary data suggest that patients with depression and patients with African or Asian background have substantially less chance to get a living donor kidney transplant compared to patients without depression, or to Caucasian patients. The underlying reasons for these disparities are […]

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Mental Health and Behavioural Barriers in Access to Kidney Transplant

Mental health disorders and a history of non-adherence can 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 with a history of mental health issues or of non-adherence had 17% and 21% lower rates of completing transplant workup, respectively, within two years […]

Launch of the ETO program

Explore Transplant Ontario Program Launch

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 successfully released in May 2016. Following the launch, a training was held by Dr. Amy Waterman and Ms. Christina Goalby for nurses, physicians, and students […]