Kidney Transplantation Can Improve Quality of Life for End-Stage Renal Disease Patients

Top Quote Kidney expert Dr. David Russell MD, FCRP, (McMaster University) will review the historical development of transplantation, how it works, and what the benefits are in terms of quality of life and longevity. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 16, 2011 - Hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the PKD (polycystic kidney disease) Foundation of Canada at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton on November 19, Dr. Russell, who is Chief of Medicine (St. Joseph's Healthcare), will present "The Modern Era of Kidney Transplantation". He will examine the roles of both dialysis and transplantation for patients who develop end-stage kidney failure.

    Dr. Russell will also discuss the need of transplant recipients for lifelong anti-rejection drug therapy and its complications. Lastly, he will outline some of the ethical issues involved in transplantation, how waiting lists work and how fairness is built into the system.

    Dr. Russell has clinical interests in both kidney transplantation and cardiac disease in patients with chronic kidney disease, as well as research interests in non-invasive cardiac testing for wait-listed transplant patients; cardiovascular disease after renal transplantation; and clinical trials in immunosuppressive drugs.

    Currently, Dr. Russell is also Director, Renal Transplant Program, and Associate Professor in McMaster University's Nephrology Division, Department of Medicine.

    Following Dr. Russell's presentation and Q & A, a representative of the Trillium Gift of Life Network will talk about organ donation.

    Trillium Gift of Life Network was created to help save and enhance lives by maximizing organ and tissue donations for transplantation. Organ donation from one individual can help up to eight others. Tissue donation from one individual can help up to 75 others. And living donation is becoming an increasingly important source of organs for transplant.

    The Hamilton Chapter of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation of Canada hosts regular two-hour informational support meetings for PKD patients, their families and friends. Meetings are open to the public, free of charge.

    Inquiries about this meeting and other events held by the Hamilton Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada, can be directed to: hamiltonchapter ( @ ) endpkd dot ca or call toll free: 1-877-410-1741.

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