TAKE-IT TOO is led by Dr. Bethany J. Foster from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and Dr. Annette DeVito Dabbs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Bethany J. Foster

Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Bethany J. Foster leads the Clinical Coordinating Centre at the McGill University Health Centre

Dr. Bethany J. Foster

Co-Principal Investigator

The major focus of my research program is long term outcomes of young kidney transplant recipients. My studies using large American databases determined that 17-24 year-olds have the highest risk of allograft failure of any age group, regardless of the age at transplant. Additional work determined that pediatric kidney transplant recipients who are transferred from a pediatric to an adult-oriented facility at an age less than 21 years have a 58% higher risk of graft failure than individuals of the same age who were transferred at greater than 21 years. Non-adherence to medications is the most likely mechanism underlying the relationships between graft failure and both of age and age at transfer. Therefore, studies targeting non-adherence are a natural extension of prior work, and provide perhaps the most important opportunity to improve graft outcomes for young kidney transplant recipients.

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Dr. Annette DeVito Dabbs

Co-Principal Investigator
Dr. Annette DeVito Dabbs leads the User-Centered Design and Qualitative Analysis Center at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Annette DeVito Dabbs

Co-Principal Investigator

I have over 35 years of clinical experience in the management of persons with chronic pulmonary conditions and hold licensure and certification as an APRN (ACNS-BC). Since beginning my academic research career in 1998, the themes of my work encompass: 1) the application of user-centered design to the development of interactive health technologies; 2) the design and evaluation of theory-driven, technology-based interventions to promote patient engagement, adherence and other self-management behaviors; 3) health-related quality of life in the setting of organ transplantation; 4) symptom management, palliative care and advanced care planning in the setting of lung transplantation; 5) expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research techniques, including mixed-method techniques for empirical measurement of usability.

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Site Principal Investigators

Dr. Tom Blydt-Hansen

Site PI
British Columbia Children’s Hospital
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Dr. Diane Hebert

Site PI
University of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children
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Dr. Véronique Phan

Site PI
Hôpital Ste-Justine – Montreal, Quebec
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Dr. Vikas Dharnidharaka

Site PI
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
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Dr. Catherine Girardin

Site PI
Centre Hospitalier Université de Montréal
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Dr. Jodi Smith

Site PI
Seattle Children’s Hospital
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Co-investigators and collaborators

Barbel Knauper, PhD

Co-Investigator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Karine Vigneault, PhD

Co-Investigator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Janet Rennick, PhD

Co-Investigator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Xun Zhang, PhD

Co-Investigator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Lorraine Bell, MD

Collaborator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Audrey Grenier

Patient collaborator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Annie Descoteaux

Parent collaborator
Montreal Children's Hospital

Mary Amanda Dew, PhD

Co-Investigator
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Abhinav Humar, MD

Co-Investigator
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Christina Nguyen, MD

Co-Investigator
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Huaqing Zhao, PhD

Co-Investigator
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA

Study Staff

Mary L. McNulty, MS

Project Manager
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Lovemine Jeannot, MS

Project Manager
Montreal Children's Hospital

Megan Kelton

Project Research Assistant
Seattle Children's Hospital

Leslie Walther

Project Research Assistant
St Louis Children's Hospital

Ellie Wong

Project Research Assistant
British Columbia Children's Hospital

Rania Boukrab

(Research Coordinator)
Montreal Children's Hospital

Natasha Jawa

Project Research Assistant
University of Toronto

Taya Irizarry

Project Research Assistant
University of Pittsburgh