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The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) was founded in 2013 with the mission of harnessing the power of research and collaboration to fulfill every donation opportunity and turn transplantation into a cure. CDTRP brought together the distinct solid organ, hematopoietic cell, and donation research communities through funded research projects, and transitioned in 2018 to become a national network of infrastructure to support research.
With its three platforms, five inter-related research themes and four cross-cutting priorities—identified through a collaborative process engaging patients, families, and donors —the CDTRP rapidly became the ‘go to’ platform in Canada for donation and transplantation research. Through the network, CDTRP investigators bring new ideas, find collaborators and partners, and receive resources and infrastructure to strengthen their research and increase their success. The network has grown to include more than 300 member researchers, trainees, and patient, family and donor partners at 37 sites across Canada, with 70+ partner organizations in Canada and around the world. The research community’s ability to produce, synthesize, and mobilize evidence, work together flexibly with partners, and connect people and organizations is forging the path to health, social, and economic benefits. Indeed, connectivity is the most-valued aspect of the CDTRP: connecting researchers to each other, with the network of partner organizations and stakeholders, and with patient, family and donor partners.

Each year, The Kidney Foundation of Canada collaborates with the CDTRP to fund novel transplant and donation focused research through the Research Innovation grant competition.

To learn more on projects funded through this collaboration, please visit our funded research page.  

For more information, visit the CDTRP website.