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Bethany Foster, MD

Award: KRESCENT New Investigator Award
Institution: McGill University
Year: 2006-2009

Dr. Bethany Foster is a new investigator in kidney transplantation at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She recently returned to Canada after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Dr. Foster’s research addresses the cardiovascular health of children and young adults who need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Cardiovascular mortality in kidney transplantation recipients is lower than in dialysis patients but remains 10 times higher than their healthy counterparts. Once critical post-transplant cardiovascular abnormalities have been determined and risk factors for ongoing cardiovascular disease have been identified, treatments to improve or eliminate these risk factors will be tested and clinically applied.