BScPT, MSc, PhD
Dr. Tania Janaudis-Ferreira is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University. She received her physiotherapy degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas in Brazil in 1999 and completed her Master’s (2005) and PhD degrees (2010) in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation for individuals with chronic lung disease at Umeå University in Sweden. From 2006 to 2007 she was a physiotherapist at the Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil and worked with different patient populations including transplant recipients. She was a Scientist at West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto for 3 years (2012-2015) where she conducted research in the area of pulmonary rehabilitation. She initiated her research program in the field of rehabilitation for transplant recipients in 2011 at St John’s Rehab Program of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, home of the only dedicated inpatient rehabilitation program for solid organ transplant recipients in Canada. In 2013, she was a co-principal investigator on a Planning Grant funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), which aimed to establish research priorities in the area of exercise training and rehabilitation for transplant candidates and recipients. Dr. Janaudis-Ferreira is currently a co-principal investigator on a CIHR Dissemination Grant to raise awareness of the importance of exercise training for transplant candidates and recipients. She is a member of the Allied Health Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, an investigator with the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) and the co-founder of CAN-RESTORE.
Dr. Sunita Mathur,
BScPT, MSc, PhD
Dr. Sunita Mathur is a physical therapist and Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD from the University of British Columbia (2006) in Exercise Physiology, where she was first exposed to conducting research in lung transplant recipients. Her PhD work prompted her interest the field of exercise and transplantation. Her current research program at the University of Toronto focuses on examining skeletal muscle dysfunction in people undergoing lung transplantation. She leads several research projects that use a combination of skeletal muscle imaging and functional assessments to understand how muscle dysfunction contributes to exercise tolerance in lung transplant recipients. Dr. Mathur collaborates closely with the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at the University Health Network. Along with Dr. Janaudis-Ferreira, she is the co-Principal Investigator on a Planning Grant (2013) and Dissemination Grant (2015) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to establish research priorities and disseminate the best available evidence for exercise and rehabilitation in solid organ transplant candidates and recipients. She is a member of the Allied Health Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, an investigator with the CNTRP and the co-founder of CAN-RESTORE.
Steering Committee Members
Tom Blydt-Hansen, MD, FRCPC received his MD from McGill University in 1992. He trained in Pediatrics and Nephrology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and went on to receive further training in transplantation and research at the University of California, Los Angeles. He started his career at the University of Manitoba as a Pediatric Nephrologist and was Section Head of Nephrology from 2005-2014. He is currently Director of the Multi Organ Transplant Program at BC Children’s Hospital and an investigator with the CNTRP. He is the Past-President of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and is an established clinical and translational researcher, including as co-investigator on several nationally funded multi-center cohort studies including CAN-RESTORE, STOPP, CKiD, iCARE, ABLE and CNTRP which integrate the research model into active clinical care. His translational research program is focused on characterizing phenotypes of kidney allograft injury using urine metabolite profiling. He is lead investigator in the PROBE study, a CIHR funded multi-center cohort study to identify non-invasive urine biomarkers of allograft rejection in pediatric kidney transplant recipients.
Robin Deliva, BScPT, MSc is a physiotherapist with the heart and lung transplant programs within the SickKids Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre. Robin is the Chair of the CAN-RESTORE Paediatric Sub-committee. Robin received a Master’s degree in Physiology and subsequently completed her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Toronto where she has a status appointment as Lecturer with the Department of Physical Therapy. She is actively involved in professional transplant associations, including the Canadian Society of Transplantation where she has been chair of the Allied Health Research Committee for the past 4 years and a member of the CST Grant and Fellowship Committee for the past 3 years. She has been an active volunteer for organ donor activities, including the High School Outreach Initiative in Toronto, a program geared to educate high school students about organ donation and transplantation. She also volunteered as a junior team manager for Team Canada at the World Transplant Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007 and in Queensland, Australia in 2009. Her clinical and research interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes and long-term health and fitness in pediatric transplant recipients.
Lorraine Hamiwka, MD, FRCPC, is a Pediatric Nephrologist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. With additional training in pediatric kidney transplantation, she is the director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program, participates in multiple committees for the Southern Alberta Transplant Program and has focused much of her research in the area of kidney transplantation. She is the Program Director of the Pediatric Nephrology RCPSC Residency Training Program and sits on the Department of Pediatric Education Advisory Council and a CNTRP Investigator. She is also the chair of the Pediatric Nephrology Transition to Adult Services Committee at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She serves as an executive committee member of the Pediatric Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, which is the national body of pediatric transplant professionals. She is currently involved in two Canadian Kidney Transplant Research Projects which are funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute as a researcher and a local investigator: the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP) and the Paediatric Renal Transplant Optimization using Biomarkers Examining Urine (PROBE) Study. Because of her strong interest and research in physical activity and healthy living in pediatric patients with chronic kidney disease, she is currently a member of CAN-RESTORE and the Calgary Renal Rehabilitation Committee. She continues to be involved in both research and local initiatives to encourage pediatric patients and young adults who have undergone kidney transplantation to engage in regular physical activity as part of their overall medical care.
Donna Hart (patient partner, heart transplant recipient) has a lifelong interest in sports and believes we should make activity part of our everyday life. She is a long standing member of the Milton Masters Swim club and a member of the Oakville Cycling Club since 2011. Sport has always been an integral part of Donna’s life. In December 2014 Donna was diagnosed with heart failure, soon after she was listed for a heart transplant. In May 2015, her life was saved when she received a new heart. In August 2016, Donna participated in the Canadian Transplant Games for the first time, and competing in swimming and cycling events. Professionally, Donna is a registered social worker with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. Her career focused on working with people with disabilities and assisting them to lead productive and fuller lives.
Kelly Kleinschmidt was athletic her whole life when in her mid 20’s, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune liver disease (PSC). After being sick for 9 years, she received a living donor liver transplant from her Uncle Ken. Post-transplant, Kelly knew that she would like to get involved in advocating for organ and tissue donation awareness, as well as in the transplant community. Kelly has been active with the Canadian Transplant Association since 2011 and currently holds the role of Provincial Director for Ontario. Kelly was a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2016 Canadian Transplant Games held in Toronto, as well as the 2020 World Transplant Winter Games held in Banff, AB. She attended the Calgary 2012, Moncton 2014, Toronto 2016 and the Vancouver 2018 Canadian Transplant Games as well as the World Transplant Games held in Durban, South Africa and Malaga, Spain. Professionally, Kelly spent 20 years working corporately in the foodservice industry in Quality Assurance and Product Development and currently owns and operates her own business.
Nicholas Bourgeois, PT, MSc is a physiotherapist with the Lung Transplant Program at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) in Montreal for the last 10 years. He works with patients while they are waiting for their transplant as well as the rehabilitation post-transplant. He completed his master’s degree in 2009 at the University of Montreal. Nicholas is a clinician who has an interest in research in the field of exercise pre and post-transplantation and in simulation-based education. He is very involved in teaching cardio-respiratory physiotherapy at the University of Montreal as well as at McGill University. He also gives lectures in Lung Transplant at the University of Montreal, University of Sherbrooke and McGill University. He has received numerous interns through the years and has developed a simulation training for new physiotherapists as well as interns at the CHUM. He is a member of the Allied Health Group and Lung Transplant Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation.
- Keith Childerhose, Double lung transplant recipient
- Jenny Wichart, Pharmacist, Alberta Children’s Hospital
- Sandra Holdsworth, Liver transplant recipient
- Agnès Räkel, Endocrinologist at Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal
- Bianca Segatto, Past Director, Canadian Transplant Association
- Nancy Howes, Physiotherapist, London Health Sciences Centre