Annual Living Donation Symposium

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BMO Education & Conference Centre

60 Leonard Avenue

Toronto, ON M5T 2R1


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The First Annual Living Donation Symposium will explore access and equity in living organ donation and transplantation.

About this Event

The Centre for Living Organ Donation will host the first Annual Living Organ Donation Symposium on September 16, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the BMO Education and Conference Centre, Toronto Western Hospital.

This year's symposium is on the theme of Access and Equity in Living Organ Donation and Transplantation. In exploring these issues, the Centre will facilitate discussions among transplant experts, diverse community leaders, researchers, students, and people with end stage liver and kidney disease and their families.

In addition to presentations on trends, barriers and promising practices in living donation, this event will showcase relevant research and outreach projects underway at UHN and beyond. If you are interested in participating in this year's Poster Showcase, please click here.

Coffee and registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.

For questions, please contact

Space is limited so please register early. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration to free up space for others.




  • Dr. Sunita Singh, Medical Director, Living Kidney Donation Program, UHN
  • Dr. Nazia Selzner, Medical Director, Living Liver Donor Program, UHN

Panel One: The Case for Equity in Living Organ Donation & Transplantation

Medical & Psychosocial outcomes: donors, recipients

  • Dr Joseph Kim
  • Dr Sunita Singh
  • Dr Nazia Selzner
  • Jed Gross
  • Loveen Gill
  • Raha Dehdashti

Panel Two: Improving Access to Living Organ Donation & Transplantation in Diverse Communities

  • Dr. Istvan Mucsi
  • Zubaida Mohammed
  • Dr. Blayne Sayed
  • Lydia-Joi Marshall
  • Dr David Landsberg

Roundtable Discussion: Addressing Inequities, Priorities for Action

Closing Keynote: Getting to Equity: The Power of Storytelling to Inspire Change


Why focus on access and equity in living organ donation and transplantation?

Recent research conducted by researchers at UHN (e.g., Mucsi et al, 2017; Doyle et al 2015) and elsewhere has found significant differences in rates of transplantation and living organ donation among patients of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. This event will explore why these disparities exist and what can be done to eliminate them.

Can I share this event on social media?

This event is open to the public and you are welcome to share it on social media. Please keep in mind that space is limited, and anyone who wishes to attend must register.

I'm coming from out of town for this event, where should I stay?

For accommodations near UHN, please see this link.

Where can I find parking?

Parking is available at the BMO Education & Conference Centre via Toronto Western Hospital in the Nassau Street (enter at corner of Bathurst and Nassau) and Fell Pavilion (enter along Bathurst Street) lots. Additional, limited parking is available beside the Emergency entrance along Dundas Street. The parking lots remain open; provided they are not at capacity. All standard payment methods are accepted. For current rates, please call the parking office at 416-214-1339. Wheelchair-accessible parking is available at all UHN parking lots. Learn about how to get an accessible parking permit.

Green P Parking

  • 35 Bellevue Avenue – 240 meters from BMO Conference & Education Centre
  • 20 St. Andrew Street (Kensington Garage) – 700 meters from BMO Conference & Education Centre
  • 201 Claremont Street – 950 meters from BMO Conference & Education Centre

For further information on Green P Parking, please visit this link and enter in this address: 60 Leonard Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2S8

How do I get there by public transit?


  • 511 Bathurst St & Nassau St Stop - Walk east on Nassau to the BMO Centre
  • 505 Dundas St West & Bathurst St - Walk through the hospital to the BMO Centre or proceed north on Bathurst St to Nassau St and then east on Nassau St to the BMO Centre
  • 506 College St & Bathurst St -- Get off at Bathurst St and walk south down Bathurst St to Nassau St, proceed east on Nassau St to the BMO Centre

Subway and Shuttle Service

If you are located closer to Toronto General, or you would like to get off at Queen's Park Subway Station, there is a free UHN shuttle service that runs Monday through Friday, between Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto General Hospital. The shuttle leaves Toronto General Hospital (University Avenue entrance) every 15 minutes (starting at 6:15 am, ending at 8:15pm).

When you arrive at Toronto Western Hospital on the shuttle, you walk north on Leonard Avenue to access the main entrance to the Krembil Discovery Tower where the BMO Education & Conference Centre is located. The shuttle is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Do I need to bring anything to the event?

You are not required to bring anything to the event. Attendance is voluntary and there is no cost to attend. You will be provided with a name tag. Breakfast, refreshments and a light lunch will be served.

Can I bring a guest?

You may order up to 2 tickets at the time of registration and are welcome to share the event with anyone else who may be interested. Please encourage them to register in advance so we can ensure adequate space and refreshments are available.

If you do not require the extra ticket or are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, please cancel your registration to free up space for others.

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