Thank you for participating in the CDTRP 7th Annual Scientific Meeting

On behalf of the planning committee and our two co-chairs, Samantha Anthony and Frédérick D’Aragon, thank you to all of the moderators, speakers, and participants for making the CDTRP 7th Annual Scientific Meeting a success! For those who missed it, or couldn’t make all the sessions, you will soon be able to view recordings on the CDTRP website.

For those who attended, please share your thoughts in our event survey here.

The meeting kicked off on with Dr. Cara Tannenbaum‘s (CIHR) keynote presentation where she highlighted some of the challenges of 2020, particularly related to equity, diversity and inclusion. She described how the pandemic has put these challenges in sharp view, and how the Tri-Council funding agencies are responding. The talk emphasized the importance of EDI in research, and highlighted opportunities for the CDTRP to continue to lead and provide support to our community in the EDI space moving forward. Stay tuned!

Wednesday afternoon welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Michael Laflamme, who presented his pioneering work on the intersection between stem cell technologies and organ transplant, showing truly innovative research taking place within the network.

On Friday, we were pleased to open the meeting to include CDTRP’s much-valued partners, and were thrilled to have Prof. Timothy Caulfield join us for a keynote presentation. We encourage everyone in the CDTRP community to hear his call to action to push back against the ‘infodemic’ of misinformation on social media, which has very real and harmful consequences.

We hosted two evening sessions, one co-hosted event with Women in Transplantation, which saw Dr. Lara Danzinger-Isakov re-present her ASHI presentation on “Finding Your Feet During a Pandemic”. This was an inspiring opportunity to bring the community together to discuss some of the personal challenges of the past year. Our trainee social event on Thursday evening brought together our trainee members in a lively get-to-know-each-other chat and discussion of the 2021 webinar agenda.

By the numbers:
  • 275 registrants
  • 433 Zoom chat messages exchanged
  • 39 investigators and 2 patient, family or donor partners speaking or moderating
  • 18 posters presented by trainees in our virtual poster session
  • 4 trainee oral presentations
  • 6 CDTRP management team members behind the scenes
Thank you!

Thank you very much to Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. for supporting this event and to the Annual Meeting co-chairs and planning committee: Samantha Anthony, Fréderick D’Aragon, Ian Rogers, Holly Mansell, Elaine Yong, Jed Gross and Daniela Massierer. Special thanks to everyone on the CDTRP management team for all of their work that made this event possible.

Mark your calendars for next year: the CDTRP 8th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held Dec 8-10, 2021!