Themes 3 & 4 – October 25 Meeting Agenda: Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam

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Theme 3 – Engineer and Allocate Better Grafts & Theme 4 – Tailor an Optimal Immune System for Each Patient
  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022
  • 3 pm ET
  1. Welcome and CDTRP Updates
  2. Presentation: Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam: “Defective KIM-1 phagocytosis does not predispose to acute graft dysfunction after kidney transplantation in humans” – link to the paper here.
  3. Discussion
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About Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam

Dr. Gunaratnam is a nephrologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Western University. He currently holds the Dr. Robert Zhang Chair in Translational Transplant Research at Western and is Medical Director of Kidney Transplantation at the London Health Sciences Center. Dr. Gunaratnam leads a basic and translational research program focused on the biological mechanisms underlying acute kidney injury, prolonging the lifespan of kidney transplants, and novel treatments for kidney cancer. His research program is supported by peer-reviewed funding from several agencies including:  the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.  He holds several advisory and leadership positions in Canadian medical organizations, including, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canadian Blood Services, Trillium Gift of Life Network, Canadian Society of Transplantation, and the Ontario Medical Association.

Dr. Gunaratnam completed his undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Toronto in immunology, before attending medical school at the University of Ottawa. He went on to complete research and clinical fellowships at Harvard Medical School before being recruited to Western University.