Dr. Shaf Keshavjee to Speak at the Ismaili Centre Toronto: Can a Human Lung Breathe Outside the Body?

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee to Speak at the Ismaili Centre Toronto: Can a Human Lung Breathe Outside the Body?Dr. Shaf Keshavjee: Can a Human Lung Breathe Outside the Body? Super Organs and the Future of Transplantation

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Time: 7:15 pm. Location: Ismaili Centre Toronto

Join Ismaili Institutions for Canada as they welcome Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, a pioneer in lung transplantation and Officer of the Order of Canada to the Ismaili Centre, Toronto. Dr. Keshavjee will discuss his research and the techniques that have improved patient outcomes. His lung preservation solution serves as an international model for innovation, education and clinical practice in lung transplantation. This lecture is part of Frontiers of Science & Innovation series – a collection of programs dedicated to showcasing transformative developments in science and technology.

About Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee MD MSc FRCSC FACS is the current Surgeon-in-Chief at University Health Network in Toronto Ontario, the Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program, as well as a clinical scientist and professor with the University of Toronto.

His clinical practice in Thoracic Surgery and Transplant Surgery is based at the Toronto General Hospital, where he also leads a research team in lung transplantation studies. Dr. Keshavjee gained international recognition for the development of his lung preservation solution for donor lungs en route to transplantation; this solution is now the standard technique utilized by transplantation programs around the world. Further, he broke new ground with his research to the recondition and repair of injured human donor lungs, making them suitable for patient transplantation, using the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion System. His work has allowed for an increase in the number of available donor lungs.

Source: Ismaili Institutions for Canada


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  1. Organizers of this event on Wednesday February 21st 2018 at 7.15pm: please live stream and record this presentation as there are many people who either do not live in Toronto or will not be able to attend due to prior engagements who really want to watch and hear this presentation by Dr Shaf Keshavjee.

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  2. Profound best wishes to Dr. Keshavjee on his research which is so much needed today. His new invention on transplanting organs is such a relief with so many patients suffering and waiting for donors, hoping and praying it will will available to all of Canada and elsewhere. He is truly blessed as our Imam says quote’ Allah’s creation is never ending and he only lets a new discovery be known to mankind when he wishes, and humans would be foolish to think they discovered something but not realizing it is when ALLAH wishes it to be known’. Just read this
    firman yesterday which he made in the 80’s. Even scientists will discover planets etc.. when ALLAH wishes it. Ameen

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  3. In the Shia Nizari Ismaili Tariqah of Islam there is a very straightforward bridge from the discovery of new scientific knowledge using our rational intellect to using that knowledge to search and strive for transcendental suprarational knowledge of the divine: the proper use of rational intellect is a key component of religious faith. These excerpts illustrate the connection:

    “In Shia Islam, intellect is a key component of faith. Intellect allows us to understand the creation of God”(Aga Khan IV, July 23rd 2008, Lisbon, Portugal)

    “……The Quran tells us that signs of Allah’s Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation – in the heavens and the earth, the night and the day, the clouds and the seas, the winds and the waters….”(Aga Khan IV, Kampala, Uganda, August 22 2007)

    “….in Islam, but particularly Shia Islam, the role of the intellect is part of faith. That intellect is what seperates man from the rest of the physical world in which he lives…..This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives. Of that I am certain”(Aga Khan IV, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, August 17th 2007)

    “…..The Qur’an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God’s creation”(Closing Address by His Highness Aga Khan IV at the “Musée-Musées” Round Table Louvre Museum, Paris, France, October 17th 2007)

    “The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being”(Aga Khan III, April 4th 1952, Karachi, Pakistan)

    “In fact this world is a book in which you see inscribed the writings of God the Almighty”(Nasir Khusraw, 11th century Fatimid Ismaili cosmologist-philosopher-poet)

    Kathalika yubayyinu Allahu lakum ayatihi la’allakum ta-‘aqiloona: “Allah thus makes clear to you His Signs that you may intellect”(Holy Quran 2:242)

    “Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which Allah sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds which they Trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth; (Here) indeed are Signs for the people of intellect”(Noble Quran)

    “Here is a relevant verse from the Noble Qur’an, cited by Nasir-i Khusraw, hujjat-i Khurasan in his Khawaan al-Ikhwaan : “It is He who created you from dust, then from a sperm drop, then from a blood clot, then He brings you forth as a child, then lets you reach your age of full strength, then lets you become old – though some of you die before – and then lets you reach the appointed term; and that haply you may find the intellect (la’allakum ta’qilun).”(Nasir Khusraw, 11th century Fatimid Ismaili cosmologist-philosopher-poet)

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