CDTRP 2024 Research Connect Series

The CDTRP Research Connect series is taking place every other Tuesday at 3 pm ET. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for this engaging series!

This series streamlines the subset of Theme, Hub, and Working Group meetings that aimed to share and discuss the latest research findings across the network and our Webinar series, which featured national and international speakers. Theme, Hub, and Working Group meetings aimed at developing new initiatives, projects, or grants will be scheduled separately, approximately three times per year per group. Our goal is to make it easy for our members to know about and attend high quality presentations across all Themes and topics of interest. We are aiming for active discussions including researchers, trainees, and patient, family, and donor partners, engaging the whole community as if we were having a family dinner rather than listening to a formal presentation.

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Dr. Marie-Chantal Fortin & Dr. Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze – Perspectives on Precision Medicine and Molecular Matching in Kidney Allocation from Canadian Kidney Transplant Professionals and Patients

On February 6, 2024, we were pleased to have Dr. Marie-Chantal Fortin, transplant nephrologist at the CHUM, researcher at the CRCHUM and Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal, and Dr. Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze, Clinician Scientist at the McGill University Health Centre and Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal, to present on the topic: “Perspectives on Precision Medicine and Molecular Matching in Kidney Allocation from Canadian Kidney Transplant Professionals and Patients” as part of the CDTRP Theme 3 – Engineer and Allocate Better Graft.

About Dr. Marie-Chantal Fortin

Marie-Chantal Fortin, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.(c) is a transplant nephrologist at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), a researcher at the Research Center of the CHUM and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. She received her medical degree from the Université de Sherbrooke. She completed her nephrology residency at the Université de Montréal. She has completed a PhD in bioethics in 2008 at the Université de Montréal.

She is a researcher within the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) and the co-leader of the Patient-Researcher Partnership Platform. Her research interests are related to transplantation ethics and patient and researcher partnership in research and clinical care. She is a member of the ethics committee of Transplant Québec, the Canadian Blood Services and the Collège des médecins du Québec. Finally, she is also a research scholar of the FRQS.

About Dr. Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze

Dr. Sapir-Pichhadze is a Clinician Scientist at the McGill University Health Centre and Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology and Multi-Organ Transplant Program at McGill University in Montreal. She completed subspecialty training in nephrology and kidney transplantation at the University of Toronto, and also completed the Eliot Phillipson Clinician Scientist Program and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Clinician Investigator Program, where she undertook a Ph.D. in clinical epidemiology and health care research. Her doctoral studies focused on the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and prognosis of antibody-mediated injury secondary to the production of anti-human leukocyte antigen antibodies in kidney transplant recipients and candidates.