About the Institute

Transforming Transplantation in Alberta

The Alberta Transplant Institute is a multidisciplinary, virtual institute that brings together researchers, clinicians, educators/scholars, and patient-partners to work towards common goals of improving transplantation and donation in Alberta, and achieving global impact in cutting-edge research, improvements in patient care, education, and advocacy.

Broad in scope, the Alberta Transplant Institute includes multiple transplant programs (kidney, liver, heart, lung, and others, including the world's largest islet transplant program). It fosters collaboration across faculties within the University of Alberta, with the University of Calgary, with Alberta Health Services, and throughout the province.

The Alberta Transplant Institute is the home of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP), a national research network funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and partners, designed to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada, and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians who receive transplants.

Transplantation in Alberta

Transplantation has a long-history at the University of Alberta.  The clinical transplant programs perform between 250-300 transplant procedures per year in adults and children for kidney, heart, liver, lung, pancreas, and intestinal transplantation.

The challenge

Despite the successes in Transplantation, work needs to be done to improve access to transplantation for patients with end-stage organ disease.

Goals include:

  • Enhanced organ donation awareness
  • Increasing the number and type of transplants
  • Improving strategies to treat organ failure
  • Implementation of novel transplant technologies and research
  • Improving quality of life and long-term outcomes for patients

See how the Alberta Transplant Institute is helping transplant patients every day.


News and Events

Save the Date! ATI Research Day will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018

CBC Article on Organ Donation in Saskatchewn

Transplant Frontiers article.  Discarded childhood organ shows promise to reduce transplant rejection.

Transplant Frontiers
article. Transplantation Innovations at the U of A.

Transplant Frontiers article. How stem cells could transform anti-rejection therapy.

Transplant Frontiers article. New curriculum brings transplant patients into the medical school classroom.

U of A ranks #6 in the world in Transplantation

Alberta Transplant Institute Seminar Series - Upcoming Presentations

Feb 21: Dr. Lori West, Next Generation of Canadian National and International Donation and Transplant Research Collaboration"

Feb 28: TBA

Mar 7: TBA

ATI Seminar Self-Registration for Edmonton

ATI Seminar Self-Registration for Calgary


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.