Can-SOLVE CKD project seeks to improve living kidney donation process

Living kidney donation rates have remained stagnant over the last decade, and many potential living donors perceive the evaluation process to be lengthy and difficult to navigate.

A new study by Can-SOLVE CKD researchers and patient partners has identified indicators that may be used to monitor and improve the performance of transplant centers in how efficiently they evaluate individuals interested in becoming living kidney donors.

The study, co-led by Dr. Steven Habbous and Dr. Amit Garg, appears in the current issue of CJASN.

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Patient partner Marian Reich and investigator Dr. Amit Garg explain the study's findings and how they will help improve the living kidney donation process

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A RAND-Modified Delphi on Key Indicators to Measure the Efficiency of Living Kidney Donor Candidate Evaluations

Read the new study by Can-SOLVE CKD investigators and patient partners.

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Improving the Evaluation Process for Potential Living Kidney Donor Candidates

Read an editorial offering a patient's view of the study findings and their potential impact on living kidney donation.

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Research projects support young kidney patients

The teenage years of a person’s life are critical for shaping their health and well-being as adults, and this can be especially true for adolescents living with diabetes.

A range of physical, psychological and social factors have the potential to influence the trajectory of a person’s disease during this important stage of life, including the progression of secondary complications such as kidney disease.

Two Can-SOLVE CKD studies, AdDIT and iCARE, are striving to tease apart these factors and identify possible ways to limit the development of diabetes-associated kidney disease.

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Latest iCARE publication:

"An evaluation of renin-angiotensin system markers in youth with type 2 diabetes and associations with renal outcomes"

Pediatric Diabetes
Published online: July 13, 2020

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Latest AdDIT publication:

"Urinary proteomics links keratan sulfate degradation and lysosomal enzymes to early type 1 diabetes"

Published online: May 26, 2020

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Reflections from Sundance

Three members of the Indigenous Peoples' Engagement and Research Council attended a Sundance ceremony in Gull Lake, Manitoba, last month to honour the name of the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway.

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Helen Robinson-Settee explains how the Wabishki Bizhiko Learning Pathway received its name

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What's new on KidneyLink?

KidneyLink connects you to the latest kidney health research across Canada. Whether you are a person living with kidney disease, a family member, a donor, or a caregiver, your voice is important! Join us today and help answer questions that will improve kidney health.

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Survey: Cannabis for the treatment of symptoms in advanced CKD and dialysis: a patient survey (CANNA-CKD)

The goal of this survey is to determine the recreational and medicinal cannabis experiences of patients with advanced chronic kidney disease or those on dialysis.

Communicating research results to the public

Help University of British Columbia researchers develop better ways of publicly communicating the results of research into work productivity loss.

CDTRP Patient, Family and Donor Research Forum

The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program invites all patients, family members and living donors interested in donation and transplantation research to attend this two-day event on October 15-16.

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Join our team!

Are you passionate about health research communication? We are hiring a Communications Coordinator to join our Operations Team! Help develop and deliver impactful content that will profile our work through a variety of platforms.

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Staff updates 

Please join us in congratulating two members of the Can-SOLVE CKD Operations Team on their promotions to new positions within the network!

Alicia Murdoch
Project Manager

Alicia Murdoch started in her role as Project Coordinator with Can-SOLVE CKD in 2018. During these past two years with the network, she has facilitated the redevelopment of the Canadian Nephrology Trials Network and has taken on additional responsibilities with respect to the Patient Governance Circle, PGC Executive and the Training & Mentorship Committee – efforts that required a great deal of coordination and dedication. Alicia will continue with these responsibilities in her new role as Project Manager, and we look forward to further enjoying the wonderful energy and enthusiasm she brings to her work on a daily basis.

Graham Pollock
Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Graham Pollock has served as Communications Manager with Can-SOLVE CKD since 2016. Over the past four years, he has taken on additional responsibilities, demonstrated leadership and integrated himself as a key member of the Operations Team. In this new role, Graham will develop and foster relationships with our stakeholders during this critical time, as we work toward the network's next phase. He will continue to lead the network's communications activities, as well as our reporting activities.

Get involved in kidney research today!
The Can-SOLVE CKD Network has launched a variety of networking and educational initiatives to help promote patient engagement in kidney research. Click to learn more about the different ways you can get involved:

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