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The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) is a national research program designed to improve the lives of Canadians for whom transplantation offers a “second chance” at health through trans-disciplinary collaborative research. The CDTRP develops new knowledge and health care practices to increase the availability of transplants for Canadians in need and improve long term outcomes and quality of life for patients receiving a transplant. 

Announced at the end of April 2013, the CDTRP is the first program to unite and integrate the solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant and donation and critical care research communities, together with patients and families, from across the country. The program will transform the field of transplantation by addressing the barriers to donation, thereby increasing the number of available organs, improving the quality and viability of donated organs and grafts, and enhancing long-term survival and quality of life of transplant patients. 

The program is led by Dr. Lori West at the Alberta Transplant Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert at the Université de Montréal and connects more than 200 investigators, students, collaborators, patient partners and knowledge-users at 30 sites throughout Canada to carry out research and develop resources to meet the program’s objectives. 

Funding for this program is being provided by its founding partners the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Kidney Foundation, Canadian Blood Services, Canadian Liver Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Fonds de recherche du Santé Québec and Genome British Columbia. Additional funding is provided by Astellas, Qiagen, Alberta Transplant Institute, UHN, Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Beckman Coulter, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Canadian Society of Transplantation and Alexion. 

For more information on this research program visit the CDTRP website.