Workshop series offers skill-building opportunities

The Can-SOLVE CKD Network is happy to announce a series of capacity building workshops for our network members over the coming months to bolster knowledge and expertise in:

  • advancing patient-oriented kidney research
  • cultural competency
  • knowledge mobilization and implementation science 
  • performance measurement
  • equity, diversity and inclusion

The series kicks off with "Setting the Stage" on June 8, which is an opportunity for attendees to explore network infrastructures and how they can support projects and stakeholders.

June is National Indigenous History Month and we have two great events, one open to the general public (see below), planned to amplify Indigenous knowledge and perspectives which are reflected across our network. We explore mobilizing Indigenous engagement and cultural competency. 

In July, there is a two part workshop on knowledge mobilization and implementation science with Julia Moore from the Centre for Implementation. And in the fall, we will learn about equity, diversity and inclusion in kidney research with Dr. Sofia Ahmed.

Network members will receive a direct invitation.

Information session to amplify Indigenous voices

June is National Indigenous History Month and the Indigenous Peoples' Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) invites you to attend a webinar "All My Relations: IPERC and Learning Pathway Information Sharing" on June 17.  Learn about IPERC and explore an overview and implementation of the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway. It is an opportunity to amplify the Indigenous knowledge and perspectives which are reflected across the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. 

Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj (wah-bish-kih biish-ih-goo skaa-nch) is a learning pathway that aims to enhance researchers’ knowledge and awareness of racial biases, Indigenous voices and stories, the impact of colonization on Indigenous health, and culturally safe health research practices.

Webinar is free and open to all.

Register here

Can-SOLVE CKD at CSN 2022

The Can-SOLVE CKD Network was well represented on the national nephrology stage at the Canadian Society of Nephrology AGM held May 12-14.

Highlights from the event included a 90-minute Joint Symposium in partnership with CSN and the Canadian Association of Nephrology Administrators on the topic of "Evidence-based weight management in people with CKD." Stay tuned for the recorded symposium, but you can watch the patient video here. In addition, there was a Land Acknowledgment Learning Series poster presented by patient partner Mary Beaucage, and the CNTN Research Symposium.

We extend a big thank you to the amazing team at CSN for putting on a great event! We are excited to join CSN next year for the 2023 CSN AGM, May 10-12, 2023 in-person in Halifax.

Dr. James Scholey wins KFOC Medal of Research Excellence 

Dr. James Scholey, Can-SOLVE CKD Co-Principal Investigator, is the recipient of the 2022 Kidney Foundation of Canada Medal of Research Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canadian kidney research.

As a researcher, Dr. Scholey has built a remarkable track record, including his transformative work in diabetic kidney disease. He has also been a passionate advocate for people living with kidney disease, a champion for Canada’s kidney health research community, and a leader in advancing patient engagement in health research.

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Advancing collaboration with patients, families, and donors 

Join the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Program, in collaboration with Can-SOLVE CKD, for their 2022 Patient, Family and Donor Research Forum on June 22-23! Learn about effective patient engagement in organ donation and transplantation research from clinicians, researchers, trainees, and patient, family, and donor partners.

Can-SOLVE CKD is proud to support this great event. The event planning committee includes Can-SOLVE CKD patient partner Mary Beaucage and Training and Mentorship Committee member Dr. Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze.

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Functional Sodium MRI helps to Measure Corticomedullary Sodium Content in Normal and Diseased Human Kidneys 

Sodium MRI can help measure dynamic changes in the corticomedullary sodium gradient, reflect urine-concentrating ability in healthy volunteers, and provide consistent images for analysis in participants with chronic kidney disease.

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Sodium deposition in patients with CKD

One key function of the kidney is to balance the level of sodium in our bodies by getting rid of it through urine. The Can-SOLVE CKD "Evaluation of sodium deposition in soft tissues of patients with kidney disease and its association with patient symptomatology" research project, led by Dr. Christopher McIntyre, aims to examine sodium deposition in the skin, muscle and bones of patients with different kidney function and different dialysis modalities and its association with symptoms.

Make sure to check out the latest publications from this project!

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Can-SOLVE CKD Leadership Team seeking new member

Are you a nephrologist or kidney scientist who is passionate about patient-oriented research and ensuring the patient voice is at the centre? Are you familiar with the kidney research landscape in Canada and committed to collaboration and capacity building? Don’t miss this chance to join the Can-SOLVE CKD Leadership Team and help guide the network through its next phase.

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We are also thrilled to welcome Dr. Malcolm King and Mary Beaucage to the network’s Leadership Team. Both Malcolm and Mary have provided tremendous guidance and insight to Can-SOLVE CKD in a number of roles, and we are excited for their contributions to the network’s governance.

Raising clinical trial awareness

International Clinical Trials Day is recognized every year on May 20. The Can-SOLVE CKD Network is proud to support the Canadian Nephrology Trials Network and the amazing patient partners and clinical professionals across Canada who contribute every day to improving the health of those living with chronic kidney disease.

Career opportunity: BC Kidney Check Project Nurse

The Kidney Check project is aimed at providing kidney health screening, triage and treatment referral in selected First Nations communities. The BC Kidney Check Project Nurse will work in collaboration with the Kidney Check Project Coordinator, to coordinate and implement the project in BC.

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CIHR accessibility and systemic ableism action plan 

Are you a health researcher, trainee or student who has experienced ableism or barriers related to accessibility or are you an experienced ally? CIHR wants to learn from you to inform our accessibility and systemic ableism action plan. People with lived and living experience with inaccessibility are invited to submit an expression of interest to join a virtual discussion session.

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Get Involved

Get Involved: Peer Support

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness is life-changing and can happen with little or no warning. KFOC is here to provide emotional support and resources to help people live well with kidney disease.

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Get Involved: Health Literacy Survey 

Participate in an anonymous online survey to help develop a tool to encourage kidney patients to advocate for their best health.

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

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