4 Barriers Limiting Organ Donor Registration in Canada

By Ashwin Sritharan and Simi Juriasingani Canada faces an ever increasing need for organ donations considering the persisting demand for transplants. According to the Government of Canada, over 4300 people were waiting for organ transplants in 2018, with 223 people succumbing to organ failure during the wait for a transplant. Given the rarity of registered … Continue reading 4 Barriers Limiting Organ Donor Registration in Canada

What can Canadians learn from the ethical violations surrounding organ harvesting in China?

By Ariana Walji and Simi Juriasingani Organs should be donated voluntarily and with informed consent. This is one of the fundamental ethical principles of organ donation and most countries with a donor registration program have implemented key measures to ensure that no violations occur. For example, countries such as Canada and the United States have … Continue reading What can Canadians learn from the ethical violations surrounding organ harvesting in China?

Dr. Scott Livingstone – Surgical Director and Liver Transplant Recipient

Interviewed by Gina So Dr. Scott Livingstone is a liver transplant surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He specializes in multi-organ transplants, hepatobiliary surgeries and general surgeries. When he was 14, Dr. Livingstone was diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency which resulted in him requiring two liver transplants.  He … Continue reading Dr. Scott Livingstone – Surgical Director and Liver Transplant Recipient

Potential complications caused by prolonged post-transplant immunosuppression

By Katarina Zorcic and Simi Juriasingani  Disclaimer: The intent of this article is to raise awareness about the complications that MAY occur with prolonged immunosuppression after transplant. Individuals are advised to speak to their doctors about any specific concerns or medications. Immunosuppression is one of the most important aspects of modern transplantation. It is what … Continue reading Potential complications caused by prolonged post-transplant immunosuppression

Debunking Six Common Organ Donation Myths

By Noah Varghese and Simi Juriasingani Over the past few decades, awareness about the impact of organ donation and transplantation has risen thanks to the media and advancements in transplantation research. However, certain pervasive misconceptions about organ donation still persist and, in this piece, we want to shed light on six myths that are brought … Continue reading Debunking Six Common Organ Donation Myths

Anonymous Organ Donation – A Chat With Heather Badenoch

Written by Saad Ahmed “It was a few weeks out of my life in terms of recovery, but you give someone their whole life.” Heather Badenoch is a non-directed organ donor who donated 22 percent of her liver to a stranger in 2018. Non-directed organ donation is a completely anonymous process, as there are no … Continue reading Anonymous Organ Donation – A Chat With Heather Badenoch

Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Ariana Walji, Kaitlyn Foster, Molly Friesen Greg Wilkinson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid-20s. Thirty-five years later, in 2015, he began the process of being worked up for a kidney transplant and it was discovered that he would need a liver transplant as well.  Since his surgery in … Continue reading Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 2)

Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 1)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Molly Friesen, Ariana Walji, Kaitlyn Foster Greg Wilkinson was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in his mid-20s. Thirty-five years later, in 2015, he began the process of being worked up for a kidney transplant and it was discovered that he would need a liver transplant as well. Since his surgery in … Continue reading Greg Wilkinson – Liver and Kidney Transplant Recipient (Part 1)

Opt-out systems of organ donation

By Simran Singh, Ashwin Sritharan and Simi Juriasingani Most countries in the world operate with an opt-in system of organ donation where individuals must actively consent to organ donation. However, in recent years, some countries have switched to opt-out systems of organ donation.  In the opt-out system, an individual’s consent to organ donation is presumed … Continue reading Opt-out systems of organ donation

Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 2)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Noah Varghese and Katarina Zorcic  Lesley Latchford’s father was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2003. By 2012, it was clear that he would need a transplant eventually. Lesley donated one of her kidneys to her father in February 2017. We recently had the opportunity to speak with her about her … Continue reading Lesley Latchford – Kidney Donor (Part 2)