A Message From the ATI Director

Lori West Headshot 210x294"The ATI brings together a talented group of clinicians, researchers, educators, and policy-makers entirely dedicated to advancing transplantation and donation in Alberta and Canada. The ATI brings together researchers and clinicians who are working towards common goals of promoting the development and growth of all aspects of transplantation sciences. The ATI is an exciting amalgamation that allows effective impact at all levels of the health-care system toward supporting clinical transplant care and moving cutting-edge research into improved patient outcomes.

Across Canada, there is a critical shortage of donor organs. When organs of sub-optimal quality are transplanted, patients face greater potential of organ rejection, side-effects from immuno-suppressant drugs, and the cost of prolonged hospital stays. Revolutionary technological changes allow clinicians to assess, treat, and repair donated organs outside the body, prior to transplantation. This increases the numbers of donated organs that can be used, and improves the condition of donated organs when they are transplanted, which results in better patient outcomes.

Alberta has recently implemented an online donor registry, and has made great strides in the number of people who have expressed their intention to be an organ donor. However, a great deal more work needs to be done in organ donation awareness in Alberta, where our donation rate is one of the lowest in Canada."

Dr. Lori West is the Canada Research Chair in Cardiac Transplantation (Tier 1). She is the Director of the Alberta Transplant Institute and  Canadian National Transplant Research Program. She is also a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Surgery, and Medical Microbiology & Immunology

News and Events

U of A ranks #6 in the world in Transplantation

Alberta Transplant Institute Research Day June 7- Abstract Submission Deadline Extended until April 30, 2017

The Canadian Transplant Association of Alberta is holding their annual Edmonton Transplant Trot, Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Emily Murphy Park, 9:30 am

Alberta Transplant Institute Seminar Series - Upcoming Presentations

Apr 26: Dr. Sonny Dhanani (University of Ottawa), "When is dead......really dead?"

May 3: There is no ATI Seminar scheduled this week

May 10: Dr. Colin Anderson "Does real transplant tolerance require chimerism? From the dangers of danger theory to the challenges of lymphopenia"

May 17: Dr. Steven Greenway "An update on the microbiome in transplantation"

May 24: Dr. Matt Weiss (visiting speaker), title TBA

May 31: Dr. Shane Grey (visiting speaker), title TBA Joint seminar with the Alberta Diabetes Institute

Self-Registration for the ATI Seminar Series is now open!!


Short video on organ donation produced by Do!nation Project, a nonprofit organization aimed at increasing the number of committed and registered organ and tissue donors in Canada.