Surveillance of National Organ Transplant Recipients Affected by COVID-19

The emergence of COVID-19 has had far-reaching implications for the public’s health and has been particularly impactful in vulnerable populations such as transplant recipients. Through a collaboration between Dr. Deepali Kumar (transplant infectious disease specialist, UHN), the Canadian Society of Transplantation (CST), Canadian Blood Services, and the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), a registry has been developed to capture data on all solid organ transplant recipients who have contracted COVID-19 in Canada. The study has been named SNO-TRAC (i.e., Surveillance of National Organ Transplant Recipients Affected by COVID-19).

Through this effort, we hope to provide the Canadian transplant community with timely information on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, management, and prognosis of transplant recipients affected by COVID-19. We also believe that the data will inform better approaches to prevention, treatment, and health policy. It will also identify knowledge gaps that can be the focus of future research.

All Canadian transplant centres have been invited to participate in this important study and we are currently assembling a list of investigators who will represent each of the adult and pediatric transplant programs across the country. For those centres that can accommodate them, biospecimens (e.g., nasal swabs, bronchial washings, blood) will also be collected and banked to study viral pathogenesis, the immune response to SARS-CoV-2, and the role of co-infections on COVID-19 severity. Information from this study will be hosted on the CBS website in the coming weeks.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the study, please contact Dr. Deepali Kumar at