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Spotlight on Research


Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Dr. Keshavjee is a Thoracic Surgeon and the Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network. With the development of the Toronto Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion System, Dr. Keshavjee has revolutionized lung transplants and helped improve health outcomes and quality of life for patients post lung transplant. Cystic Fibrosis Canada has supported Dr. Keshavjee since 1999, providing nearly $2.3 million in research funding.

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Advances in infection control lead to safer clinic spaces

Despite significant progress in treating cystic fibrosis (CF), lung infections caused by germs, such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts and molds, remain a serious problem for those with CF and can lead to worsening of the disease. The Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines contain recommendations to reduce the risk of CF patients receiving or spreading potential pathogens in the CF clinic or hospital setting. 

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Funding Research to Impact Those Living with Cystic Fibrosis

When making decisions on research funding, Cystic Fibrosis Canada  relies on scientists and clinicians on the Scientific Review Panel to expertly review each grant application. In addition to critical review of the science, the Panel looks to its stakeholder members for their unique and significant perspectives, based on their experiences, on the relevance of the proposed research projects to those living with cystic fibrosis.

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Understanding interactions of bacteria in CF lungs

Dr. Michael Surette is a Cystic Fibrosis Canada funded-researcher, Professor and Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Microbiome Research at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.

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