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Centre for Living Organ Donation

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For those in need of a kidney or liver transplant, living donation is a shorter pathway to better health.

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The Centre for Living Organ Donation was created by UHN Transplant in 2018 to improve access to living organ donation for people who need a life-saving kidney or liver transplant and those who want to give a transformative gift of life.

Upcoming Events

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn: Addressing Racial and Cultural Barriers in Kidney Transplantation and Donation

February 28, 2020

This event – presented by Dr. Istvan Mucsi, Lydia-Joi Marshall and Noor El-Dassouki – will take place on February 28, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Registration is free and lunch is provided.
Register for the Lunch & Learn

Living Kidney Donor Event

Donor Champion Education Session


If you are a caregiver, friend, support person or loved one of someone in need of a kidney or liver transplant, are in need of a kidney or liver transplant and have questionson how to find a living donor, this interactive webinar may be helpful.
Register for a Donor Champion Education Session

Liver Health Education Day

PRELOD Information Session


If you are a recent UHN living organ donor, or going through the living donation assessment process now, and have questions about reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, this interactive webinar may be helpful.
PRELOD Information Session

Their Stories

Joanne Kearney & Brendan Cahill

A Gift of Life for Valentine’s Day

Joanne Kearney & Brendan Cahill

On Valentine's Day 2017, Joanne Kearney was admitted to Toronto General Hospital with 4% kidney function. She would soon receive the life-saving transplant she had been waiting for, thanks to her husband's decision to donate his kidney to a complete stranger.

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Amanda Collins

Amanda Collins

Living Kidney Donor

There are more ways than one to find your living donor. You can start with your inner circle, the family and friends who are closest to you, and then perhaps you widen your circle to your coworkers, sports team, book club. The wider the circle gets, the more people have the opportunity to come forward and act on their instinct to save a life.

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Devin Jones

Devin Jones

Non-Directed Living Liver Donor

In 2016 Devin Jones's three-year-old niece was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma – a rare liver cancer found only in infants and children. The doctors told the family that she would need a transplant and that a living donor was their best option.

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What’s New

Paul Turcotte and Andrew Mayzak (ABC News)

Her dad needed a kidney – and her boyfriend didn't hesitate when he learned he was a match

Paul Turcotte didn't know his daughter's boyfriend for long, but had a few important words to tell him. "Thank you," he told Andrew Mayzak, 23. "Thanks for saving my life." Mayzak donated his kidney to Turcotte on Oct. 1, putting an end to Turcotte's lifetime of suffering from kidney disease.
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Stages of Liver Disease

Can This Cell Therapy Help Fight the NASH Epidemic?

Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most severe form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and is characterized by a fatty liver, inflammation, and liver cell damage. To date, a patient’s only option at the final stage of liver disease is a liver transplant. There is no alternative available. Yet. What does the future of NASH look like?
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Research Team

New Study Looks To Understand The Reality Of Liver Disease In Manitoba

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most prevalent liver disease in Canada, with the Canadian Liver Foundation estimating 25 percent of the adult population is affected by the disease. With such a staggering number, the University of Manitoba Department of Internal Medicine's Section of Hepatology is undertaking a five-year study to identify individuals with this disease.
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Contact Us

The Centre for Living Organ Donation
Soham & Shaila Ajmera Family Transplant Centre

Phone: 416 340 5400

Centre for Living Organ Donation