Can-SOLVE CKD Phase 2 will translate research into better kidney health for Canadians

The Can-SOLVE CKD Network is Canada’s largest-ever kidney research initiative. Since 2016, this national partnership of patients, scientists, and health care professionals has advanced innovative kidney care solutions to help the millions of Canadians affected by chronic kidney disease.
A new investment announced August 5 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) supports the continuation of this transformative work through 2027. Can-SOLVE CKD will receive $3.75 million in new funding from CIHR matched by more than $8 million raised through the generous support of more than 60 partners. This funding, more than $11.8 million in total, enables the network to mobilize innovations in diagnosis, treatment, and care that will enhance kidney health.

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Request for Proposals: Knowledge Keepers in Research Video Production

Can-SOLVE CKD Network is seeking the services of a BC-based Indigenous owned video production company to produce a series of 7 short videos about inclusion of Knowledge Keepers in research.

These videos will accompany the Knowledge Keepers in Research virtual booklet. This virtual booklet is a component of the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway, a novel training resource developed by the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement & Research Council (IPERC).

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Annual Network Update looks towards Phase 2

We hope network members are finding some time to enjoy the summer. With September just a few weeks away, the time is fast approaching for our Annual Network Update on Friday, September 23. We will share highlights of the past year and some insights into plans for Can-SOLVE CKD Phase 2. 

The Network Update will take place following the next installment in our capacity building workshop series "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Kidney Research" with Dr. Sofia Ahmed.

Network members should check their emails for more information. If you would like to attend, please reach out to

Staff Update: Cultural Competency Manager 
We are very pleased to introduce Craig Settee as the Can-SOLVE CKD Network’s new Cultural Competency Manager.

In this role, Craig will work to implement the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway and other cultural competency initiatives in close collaboration with Knowledge Keeper Advisors and members of the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC). 

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Using Administrative Health Care Databases to Identify Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease with No Recorded Contraindication to Receiving a Kidney Transplant

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Risk prediction to support shared decision-making for managing heart disease

Heart disease is a major cause of hospitalization, reduced quality of life, and shortened survival in people with kidney disease. The "APPROACH: Risk prediction to support shared decision-making for managing heart disease" project, led by Dr. Matthew James, will develop tools to help doctors share personalized information with patients on the benefits versus risks of having a heart procedure, and help patients better communicate their own values and preferences.

Check out the project profile below including this feature from the University of Calgary, "UCalgary researchers champion patient engagement with shared decision-making tool."

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Teaching to honour the name and spirit of learning pathway 

The Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj (wah-bish-kih biish-ih-goo skaa-nch) Learning Pathway is a resource that supports Indigenous cultural competency. The name and identity for Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj were given by Anishinaabe Knowledge Keeper Dan Thomas at a pipe ceremony in March 2018, and each year the name is honoured and feasted in the same territory (Treaty 1) the name was given. Helen Robinson-Settee attended the ceremony at Gull Lake Sundance in July and offers a first-person account.

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Workshop seeks to unlock KidneyLink's potential for patient-researcher connections 

More than 40 members of Canada’s kidney community came together in July at a virtual workshop to shape the future of KidneyLink, an exciting platform for enhancing patient-oriented kidney research.

KidneyLink is an online portal that connects patient partners to opportunities for research involvement and curated educational resources. Developed by Can-SOLVE CKD, the website launched in November 2019. The network is now planning the second phase of KidneyLink to build upon this foundation and enhance its role as a one-stop shop for patient engagement, education, and knowledge mobilization.

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Framework for culturally relevant and respectful Indigenous engagement

Catherine Turner, a member of the Indigenous Initiatives Team at the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, presented an Indigenous Engagement Framework during the June 24 capacity building workshop "Mobilizing Indigenous Engagement and Cultural Competency." The presentation provides a framework for culturally relevant and respectful Indigenous engagement that will act as a primer for those interested in deepening their understanding to support practice change.

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New service aims to match living kidney donors with Canadians in need of life-saving transplants

Canadians in dire need of a kidney now have a chance to directly appeal to potential living donors thanks to a new service that lets them share their photos and life stories in hopes of finding a transplant match. Check out this Transplant Ambassador Program feature on CTV News.

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Congratulations to CIHR Spring 2022 Project Grant recipients 
Can-SOLVE CKD would like to congratulate the following members of our network who are part of a team that was awarded a CIHR Spring 2022 Project Grant.

Principal Investigator Dr. Sofia Ahmed and co-Principal Investigator Dr. David Collister
Project: Gender-affirming estrogen therapy and kidney function in transgender women

Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Walsh and co-Principal Investigators Dr. Karthik Tennankore and Dr. David Collister
Project extension: Aldosterone inhibition and enhanced toxin removal in hemodialysis patients (ACHIEVE)
Letters of Support for CIHR Fall Project Grant Competition

CIHR’s Fall Project Grant deadline is fast approaching! As always, we are pleased to provide letters of support to our community members who are applying to this competition.

To request a letter, please complete our online form. Please allow two weeks for us to respond to your request.

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Get Involved

Get Involved: CNTN Scientific Operations Committee is looking for researchers

The Scientific Operations Committee are looking for additional researcher members and ad hoc peer reviewers. 

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Get Involved: Improving health equity for Chinese Canadians 

The patient engagement opportunity seeks to increase access to living donor kidney transplantation among Chinese Canadians."

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Connect to kidney research innovation!

KidneyLink is your connection to the latest kidney health research across Canada.

Patients: Sign up today and search opportunities to get involved.<./p>

Researchers: Post your studies, surveys, and other opportunities to connect with engaged participants.

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