Manuel Escoto is the Patient, Family, and Donor Partnerships & Education Manager with The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP). Within CDTRP, Manuel supports the integration of patient, family, and donor (PFD) partners into research projects and in CDTRP’s governance and leadership activities. He also leads CDTRP’s patient engagement capacity-building activities. Before joining CDTRP, Manuel was the Community Development and Communications Manager with The Kidney Foundation. In this role, he connected with patients and families impacted by kidney health, organ donation, and transplantation to help them navigate the health system. He was also responsible for educational initiatives increasing the awareness of The Kidney Foundation, kidney disease, and organ donation. As a kidney transplant recipient, he’s developed a passion for donation and transplantation policy and research and advocates for the meaningful integration of patient partners in research, policy development, and knowledge mobilization initiatives. He has a Master of Public Health and has experience developing evidence-based policy recommendations with government and community-based research organizations.