A groundbreaking Canada-wide research program on chronic kidney disease is letting questions, rather than hypotheses, lead the approach.
Dr. Adeera Levin, head of the UBC Division of Nephrology at St. Paul’s and co-principal investigator with Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD), has chosen to tap into what’s important to patients —– things like how and when they currently get treatment — and then work back from there. as opposed to starting with a promising new drug molecule that may or may not impact patients’ everyday life in the same way that an arduous treatment does.
Can-SOLVE CKD’s five-year initiative encompasses numerous research areas: early screening, patient education, novel drug treatments and the usefulness of stem cell therapies. A British Columbia team headed by Dr. Levin will co-lead the project, collaborating with physicians, researchers, and patients from across the country.
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