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

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?

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 1)

Interviewed by Simi Juriasingani, Katarina Zorcic and Noah Varghese 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 1)

Dr. Aviva Goldberg: Part 1

Interviewed by Saad Ahmed, Hannah He, Syed Alifer Zaidi Dr. Aviva Goldberg is a pediatric nephrologist, and director of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and chair of Transplant Manitoba's kidney allocation review committee.  Dr. Aviva Goldberg generously discussed the impact of kidney transplantation on a child's life and development, and the distinction of pediatric organ … Continue reading Dr. Aviva Goldberg: Part 1