The Current State of Organ Donations in Canada

By Amy Kwon and Katarina Zorcic Organ donations are imperative and often life-saving medical treatments for many patients worldwide. There seems to be a disconnect between the public’s knowledge of the importance of organ donating and the number of organ donors, and there is undoubtedly a supply problem compared to the demand. In Canada, there … Continue reading The Current State of Organ Donations in Canada

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The Organ Shortage: What We Can do to Increase Organ Donation in Canada

By Molly Friesen and Katarina Zorcic In Canada and other developed countries, organ donation rates have been relatively low. Despite national efforts, “supply has not kept pace with demand” (Caplan, 2016). Compared to other countries like Spain and the US, Canada’s organ donation rate is low. In 2019, the country’s deceased organ donor rate was … Continue reading The Organ Shortage: What We Can do to Increase Organ Donation in Canada

Disparities in Organ Donation Rates Among Different Demographic Groups in Canada

By Jenny Kang and Katarina Zorcic 91% of organ donors in Canada are Caucasian, even though this demographic only consists of 81% of the population (Li et al., 2015). Canada is home to a diverse population, with 22.3% belonging to a minority group. Of this subpopulation, most people belong to the East Asian, South Asian, … Continue reading Disparities in Organ Donation Rates Among Different Demographic Groups in Canada

Dr. Vivian McAlister – Transplant Surgeon, Canadian Armed Forces Combat Surgeon, and Professor

Interviewed by Katarina Zorcic and Shreya Sharma Could you please introduce yourself to our audience and tell us about what you do? Dr. McAlister: Vivian McAllister is my name. I'm a surgeon at [London’s] University Hospital. My special interest is in transplantation. I do liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantations. I'm also a professor at the … Continue reading Dr. Vivian McAlister – Transplant Surgeon, Canadian Armed Forces Combat Surgeon, and Professor

Dr. Marcelo Cypel – Surgical Director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre, Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon

Interviewed by Katarina Zorcic, Jenny Kang, and Ashwin Sritharan Could you briefly introduce yourself to our audience and tell us a little bit about what you do? Dr. Cypel: I am the surgical director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre and I am a thoracic surgeon and lung transplant surgeon. My daily life [revolves around] doing … Continue reading Dr. Marcelo Cypel – Surgical Director of the Ajmera Transplant Centre, Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon

Kidney Donations and Pregnancy

By Shreya Sharma and Katarina Zorcic Normal Kidney Function & Living Kidney Donations The kidneys are responsible for regulating the blood by removing waste and controlling salt and fluid levels in the body. However, certain diseases can cause end-stage kidney disease when the kidneys are nearing the end of their functioning. The most common illnesses … Continue reading Kidney Donations and Pregnancy

The Impact of COVID-19 on Organ Donations and Transplants

By Kaitlyn Foster and Simi Juriasingani The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm since its emergence in early 2020, as the virus has spread across every continent in the world. The severe acute respiratory illness caused by the virus has not only infected and taken the lives of millions, but has also had … Continue reading The Impact of COVID-19 on Organ Donations and Transplants

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