Women in Transplantation is delighted to announce the winners of the 2023-2025 WIT Research Fellowships & LMIC Grant for Research in Gender and Sex in Transplantation

  • Here’s what Dr. Bethany Foster, WIT Chair, has to say about the Awards:

    On behalf of Women in Transplantation, I’m very excited to announce the 2023 WIT Fellowship Awardees for the 2023-2025 WIT Research Fellowship Grant. This is the third year that we are able to offer these fellowships’

    These Fellowships will support the next generation of scientists, furthering our understanding of the importance of sex and gender in transplantation. This is a growing field of interest and the more we learn the closer we are to applying these findings to clinical care to benefit patients and donors.

    This initiative was made possible with support from our partners: One Lambda, a Thermo Fisher Scientific brand, Sanofi, Natera.

    I also wish to take this opportunity to announce the winner of the inaugural Women in Transplantation Research Grant for faculty working in low or middle income (LMIC) countries. This is an exiciting new grant that we hope will really make a difference to transplantation in LMIC and to research capacity in these countries.

    This very special new grant will allow transplant professionals working in low or middle income countries to work with an experienced mentor from among the WIT membership to address an important question within their own unique context. We hope that this award will spur exciting international collaborations and build more research capacity in lower resource settings, and we aim to continue to offer this grant in years to come.

Natera Fellowship Award Winner

  • Dr. Limor Danon
    The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Zefat, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

    Project Title:
    Sociocultural Differences and Conflicts Surrounding the Uterus Transplantation Process
  • Dr. Danon is mentored by Dr. Katharina Rall, University of Tuebingen, Germany

Sanofi Fellowship Award Winner

  • Dr. Ekaterina Loban
    Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada

    Project Title:
    Advancing Gender Equity in Living Kidney Donation
  • Dr. Loban is mentored by Dr. Shaifali Sandal, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

One Lambda Thermo Fisher Fellowship Award Winner

  • Dr. Yao Xiao
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

    Project Title:
    Exploring biological sex in organ transplantation
  • Dr. Xiao is mentored by Dr. Stefan Tullius, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

LMIC Research Grant

  • Dr. Kinnari Vala
    Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Center - Gujarat University of Transplantation Sciences, Gujarat, India

    Project Title:
    Factors Contributing to Gender Disparity in Access to Kidney Replacement Therapy in Pediatric Population in Various Regions of India: Prospective Observational Multicentre Study
  • Dr. Vala is mentored by Dr. Uma Ali, SRCCNH Children’s Hospital. Mumbai, India

We look forward to collaborating with these teams, and to learning from the findings of their research projects!