CDTRP 10th Anniversary Celebration Banquet & Networking

Join us to celebrate a decade of success and achievements in donation and transplantation research at CDTRP’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Banquet. Our gourmet dinner will be accompanied by inspirational presentations from two incredible individuals – Simon Keith, the first athlete in the world to play professional sports after undergoing a heart transplant, and Mai Duong, a leukemia survivor and co-founder of Swab the World.

Sip on your favorite drinks from our cash bar while mingling with fellow attendees, including researchers, clinicians, patients, and policy-makers in the field of donation and transplantation research. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening to commemorate our achievements and renew our commitment to improving transplant outcomes across Canada. Reserve your seat today, and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

  • Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • Time: 5:30 pm EST
  • Location: Delta Hotel, 475 Av. du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC (in-person only)
About Simon Keith

Simon Keith, CM, holds the distinction of being the first athlete in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant. Keith was just 21 when, in July of 1986, he received the heart of a 17 year-old boy from Wales, who ironically died while playing soccer. Keith, a world-class soccer player prior to the operation, was determined to return to “his normal” and made his return to competitive soccer playing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). After playing two seasons with the Rebels, Keith garnered many honors including being named the Student-Athlete of Year for the Conference as well as voted as USA’s Most Courageous Athlete. After his senior season Keith named the Most Valuable Player at the Senior Bowl and was drafted number 1 overall into the Major Indoor Soccer League just three years after his surgery.

In 2012, he founded The Simon Keith Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and educating transplant recipients: Keith has recently published his biography detailing this most unique journey.  Heart for the Game. Keith uses proceeds from both his book and speaking engagements to provide athletic training for other transplant recipients who choose to return to an active and healthy lifestyle.

In 2022, Simon was awarded one of Canada’s highest civilian awards being named a Member of the Order of Canada.

About Mai Duong

Mai Duong is an accomplished advertising strategist and co-founder of Swab The World. With over 20 years of experience in communications and media strategy with top advertising agencies in Canada, Mai has led groups of talented strategists on clients such as Red Bull, General Motors, Coke, and many others.

In 2014, Mai was diagnosed with leukemia for a second time, and a stem cell transplant was her only cure. She’d never heard of the procedure, but she quickly learned that her odds of finding a compatible match in time were incredibly low. Why? Because she’s Vietnamese. Thanks to her connections in advertising, Mai’s story was shared widely on social media, billboard ads and radio spots. The “Save Mai Duong” campaign was so successful that 20,000 new stem cell donors signed up with her local registry that year, compared to 3,000 in a typical year. After receiving a stem cell transplant, Mai decided to combine her personal and professional experience to help other patients and get more people registered as donors. In 2018, Swab The World – a Canadian start-up charity working hard to fight racial inequality in the niche field of blood cancer and stem cell donation – was born.

Swab The World’s mission is to increase awareness of stem cell donation, diversify the international database of registered donors, and help patients find stem cell donors. In just a few years, Swab The World has established a network of over 150 student volunteers across 9 universities in Canada.

CDTRP 10th Annual Scientific Meeting – Registrations are now open!

Are you passionate about donation and transplantation research? Do you want to be a part of a groundbreaking event that celebrates a decade of advancements in the field? Look no further! The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) is excited to announce the opening of registrations for our 10th Annual Scientific Meeting!

  • Date: December 5-7, 2023
  • Location: Montréal, QC
  • Format: Hybrid (in-person and virtual attendance options available)

This year, we are proud to present an extraordinary program that combines sessions dedicated to our national priorities with interactive sessions from our vibrant community. Join us as we dive into innovative research, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and explore emerging trends in donation and transplantation.

Join us in Montréal from December 5th to 7th, 2023, for an unforgettable experience that will revolutionize the way you think about donation and transplantation research. Together, let’s pave the way for a future filled with hope, healing, and transformative medical breakthroughs. We look forward to welcoming you to the CDTRP 10th Annual Scientific Meeting!