The program has been developed by the CDTRP Annual Scientific Meeting Planning Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Siba Haykal and Dr. Vanessa Silva e Silva. Other members of the Planning Committee are listed below (in alphabetical order):

The CDTRP 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting will proceed as a hybrid event with the opportunity of attending in person or virtually. The health and well-being of our Meeting attendees remained our foremost priority. We were committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants. View our Health and Event Safety policy here.

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The program has been developed by the CDTRP Annual Scientific Meeting Planning Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Siba Haykal and Dr. Vanessa Silva e Silva. Other members of the Planning Committee are listed below (in alphabetical order):

The CDTRP 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting will proceed as a hybrid event with the opportunity of attending in person or virtually. The health and well-being of our Meeting attendees remained our foremost priority. We were committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants. View our Health and Event Safety policy here.

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PROGRAM

December 5-7, 2023

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CDTRP 10th Anniversay Celebrations

Thursday, December 7, 2023

CDTRP 10th Anniversary Celebration Banquet and Networking | Thursday, December 7 – 5:30 pm EST

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!

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.

Symposium on Auto-immunity, Complement and Tissue Injury in Transplantation

Friday, December 8, 2023

Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert’s team is pleased to host the first Symposium on Auto-immunity, Complement and Tissue Injury in transplantation in a hybrid format, with the in-person component in Montréal, QC, on December 8, 2023 at the Delta Hotel. The objective of this symposium is to discuss the progress made in the last decade on autoimmunity, complement activation and tissue injury in the context of organ transplantation. We hope to stimulate ​international research collaborations toward cutting-edge and emerging biomedical and translational research focused on rejection/cGVHD, tissue injury, allograft function and patient survival.

​It’s a free hybrid event open to everyone, with a limited in-person capacity (max 60 people). Reservation is mandatory.

  • Date: Friday, December 8, 2023
  • Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST
  • Location: Delta Hotel (475 Av. du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC) and Online

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SPEAKERS
  • Marie-Josée Hébert

  • Marie-Chantal Fortin

  • Mélanie Dieudé

  • Éric Boilard

  • Dylan Burger

  • Gilles Benichou

  • Marie-Agnès Dragon-Duray

  • Emmanuel Zorn

  • Lakshmann Gunaratnam

  • Jonathan Choy

  • Ana Konvalinka

  • Elaine Reed

  • Dany Anglicheau

  • Héloïse Cardinal

Social & Networking Activities

VIRTUAL | Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Virtual Brain Twister

As the CDTRP celebrates its 10th year of fostering donation and transplantation research collaborations, we invite you to join us for a virtual networking activity right before our Annual Scientific Meeting on Tuesday, December 5 at 11:00 am EST.

Unlock your inner riddle master and immerse yourself in an event of captivating enigmas, collaborative puzzle-solving, and forging connections at our Social Brain Twister event – a dynamic fusion that promises to challenge your intellect while igniting new friendships. At this event, you will team up with fellow participants in interactive breakout rooms and collectively unravel puzzles that will not only tantalize your mind but also create lasting bonds beyond the event!

Note that separate registration is required to attend the virtual social event in addition to the main meeting.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 5
  • Time: 11:00 am EST
  • Virtual only

ON-SITE | Tuesday, December 5, 2023

OPTION #1 – BRAIN MAZE

We are thrilled to invite you to an outdoor escape game scavenger hunt that will take you through the charming streets of Montreal, while challenging your problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive way. Discover hidden clues, historical landmarks, and local treasures, while bonding with fellow attendees and creating unforgettable memories. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you feeling exhilarated and inspired!

The Secrets of a Shipping Empire game starts at A/Maze Old Port and is happening completely outdoors within 1km radius from the start point. The game is inspired by real events and historical characters. Some elements are fictional, however we believe they might happen in real life. The game is guided by software Brain Race,  where you input answers, receive hints and track the progress. The software is accessible on your cell phone; You will need to create a Brain Race account and have data on your phone as the game takes you through the neighbourhood.

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  • Date: Tuesday, December 5
  • Time: 10:00 am
  • Price: $50 / person
OPTION #2 – AXE THROWING

Looking for a fun and engaging social activity to keep the spirit high during the CDTRP 10th Annual Scientific Meeting? Look no further than Rage Axe Throwing! Join us for an exciting and unique experience that’s sure to blow off steam and create memories that will last a lifetime. Our team of expert coaches will guide you through the process of throwing axes, ensuring that you stay safe and have an unforgettable time. Whether you’re looking to network with fellow attendees or simply unwind after a long day, come join us at Rage Axe Throwing for an experience you won’t forget.

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  • Date: Tuesday, December 5
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Price: $50 / person
OPTION #3 – BAR

Join us for an evening of networking and fun with fellow attendees while enjoying tasty food, drinks, and music. Whether you’ve been busy participating in other social activities or simply want to make new connections outside the conference, this is the perfect opportunity to unwind and have some fun. All are welcome, so bring your colleagues and friends and let’s make some unforgettable memories together!

The event is free but reservation is mandatory.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 5
  • Time: 6:30 pm
  • Price: Free (participants are responsible for the costs of their own food and drinks)
  • Location: TBD