Research Themes

Major research themes in clinical science at HCKR include:

Diagnosis and Management of Newly Diagnosed Kidney Disease

We are currently conducting a number of studies that will optimize the care of patients with newly diagnosed kidney disease. These studies include:

Progressive Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Research

Some patients with earlier stages of kidney disease will progress to more advanced chronic kidney disease and may ultimately need to start dialysis or receive a kidney transplant. Studies on these patients include:

Patient-oriented Dialysis Research

About 25,000 patients in Canada require dialysis due to the failure of their kidney function. These patients often have poor quality of life and a shortened life expectancy. Studies are currently being conducted to improve their quality of life and reduce the risk of serious adverse clinical events. These studies include:

Patient-oriented Transplant Research

Kidney transplantation improves the quality of life and life expectancy of patients who are dialysis-dependent. Nevertheless, patients with kidney transplantation are at increased risk of early cardiovascular disease and loss of the transplant kidney over time. A number of studies are underway evaluating predictors of cardiovascular disease in these patients and early predictors of graft loss: