New Patient Partner Profile: Angela Bergen

We are happy to welcome to the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) new members of diverse areas to join our community of researchers, clinicians, patient/family/donor partners and trainees who are dedicated to improving the lives of organ donors and recipients. As a new member, people are an essential part of our mission to advance the science of donation and transplantation and develop innovative, evidence-based approaches to improve outcomes for patients in Canada and around the world.

We are thrilled to have Angela Bergen joining CDTRP Patient, Family, and Donor Partnership Platform, as a new donor partner. Angela is a living donor that gave a kidney through the Canadian Kidney Paired Donation Program and is joining CDTRP Theme 1 – Improve a Culture of Donation and Theme 2 – Inform Universal Practices for Donation.

We have asked Angela a few questions that you can read below.

What brought you to CDTRP’s Patient, Family, and Donor Research Platform?

I decided to join CDTRP’s Patient, Family and Donor Research Platform after becoming a living kidney donor. In April 2023, I donated my left kidney to through the Canadian Kidney Paired Donation Program so that my friend’s son, who was 13 year old at the time, could get a kidney transplant. I feel that living donors are a fairly small and unique cohort and because of this, I fell that it’s important for me to be involved in the research around transplantation and living donation to be able to offer insight and perspective into my own experience

What are your areas of research interest and experience in patient research?

I am interested in all areas of transplantation research but be living donation in particular.

What new areas of interest do you want to explore, and which skills would you like to build on?

I don’t really have an answer to this question but that will change I am sure as I get more involved as a CDTRP member.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I currently share my home with a chicken. Her name is Pip and she lives with myself and my cat Panda (who is less than thrilled about having a chicken as a roommate). I brought her indoors in the summer as she developed severe osteoarthritis in her hocks and has a hard time walking. Leaving her with my outdoor flock put her at risk to be bullied and seriously  injured so now she lives the life of a super spoiled house chicken.

About the CDTRP Patient, Family, and Donor Partnership Platform

A strong, central feature of the CDTRP, the Patient, Family and Donor (PFD) Partnership Platform gives patients, caregivers and living donors a voice while offering an environment to collaborate between families, investigators, project leads and CDTRP Themes. Nationwide PFD participation is a research priority in many CDTRP projects, contributing to the transfer of knowledge and positive impact on transplantation and donation in Canada.

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