CDTRP Research Services for the community

Since 2013, the CDTRP has supported research and innovation that addresses barriers within the fields of donation and transplantation, with the goal of advancing long-term health outcomes and quality of life for Canadian transplant patients. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will highlight the tools and resources that CDTRP can offer to assist you and your project for the upcoming spring grant competitions.

Connections to Expertise

The CDTRP Management Team can facilitate connections with experts in donation and transplantation research areas and complementary disciplines from across Canada and internationally. These include:

  • Biomarkers, Immune Monitoring
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)

In addition to its five research themes, the CDTRP has multiple hubs and working groups open to all members of the CDTRP community. These are great spaces to connect with experts within your fields of expertise.

Join the Club/Hub!

What do you do if you’ve got an idea for a different approach to mental health as it relates to donation/transplantation research? You join the CDTRP’s Mental Health and Wellness Hub.

Why? Because that’s where the people who can make it happen hang out. Take Sandra Holdsworth for instance. She’s a patient partner within the CDTRP Patient, Family and Donor Research Platform and an active member of the Mental Health and Wellness Hub.

The Hub meets virtually to exchange ideas, brainstorm, present their research or their expertise with a view to submitting funding proposals on the subject of mental health in transplant recipients. This is, after all, a patient and caregiver priority but still terribly under-researched.

“This Hub brings people together to look at mental health in different ways: art, sport, training, mentorship. It’s an opportunity for researchers to share ideas, collaborate and get funding so that mental health stops being the elephant in the room!”
– Ms. Sandra Holdsworth, Patient Partner

Another great example of these connections to experts is with the Exercise Hub for which the members put together a grant proposal with 25 co-PIs from different fields of practice and expertise! Isn’t it what we call an amazing interdisciplinary effort?

The Hub casts far and wide for its members, especially outside the donation/transplantation community: personal connections, conferences, websites, and word of mouth. Often, people already know about the CDTRP through conferences or colleagues. They’re working on affiliated research, and want to see where/how it fits into the program. The Hubs are very democratic. Anybody can talk. Anybody can present. Titles and seniority are left at the (virtual) door.

“Once you get in, benefits are access to a large group of patient partners for studies, other people doing similar work to you, opportunities to collaborate, have open discussions, share your work, get feedback, and network,” says Sandra. “Of course you have to join the club/hub!”

To learn more on the Research Services the CDTRP can offer, visit our website.