A team of seven Manitoba researchers from the University of Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba, Transplant Manitoba, Manitoba Institute of Child Health and St. Boniface General Hospital are part of a new national research program launched today with funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The Canadian National Transplantation Research Program (CNTRP) includes researchers from across Canada collaborating on six national research projects to improve clinical outcomes for transplant recipients, supported by two national core platforms. It is led by Dr. Lori West at the University of Alberta, and includes 105 researchers and 86 collaborators at 13 centres and universities in nine provinces. The CNTRP is the first program in the world to unite and integrate the solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant and the donation and critical care research communities together in a ground-breaking national research endeavour.

“The federal government funding of this program is a key step to improving access to transplantation and ensuring the highest quality of care for Canadians with end-organ failure," says Dr. Peter Nickerson, Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Associate Dean (Research), Flynn Family Chair in Renal Transplantation, University of Manitoba.

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