International Alport Syndrome Meeting Report Published

KFOC, Pedersen Family and Partners award two new 2014 Alport Syndrome Research Grants

Dr. Adeera Levin Awarded Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2014 Medal for Research Excellence

First Nations Adults with Diabetes Have More than Double the Risk of End-Stage Kidney Disease

Dr. Marcello Tonelli Awarded 2013 Medal for Research Excellence for Changing Nephrology Practice in Canada and Beyond

Paying Living Kidney Donors May Be Cost-Effective and Help Prolong Lives

The Kidney Foundation congratulates Dr. Andreas Laupacis on being awarded the inaugural CIHR Barer-Flood Prize in Health Services and Policy Research

New Research to Discover a Cure for Rare Kidney Disease

CSN Announces Editor in Chief of New Journal

Dr. Adeera Levin appointed President of the International Society of Nephrology

Sugary Drinks May Increase Risk of Kidney Stones

Launch of new Canadian National Transplant Research Program

Alberta Researchers Receive Top Achievement in Health Research Award

Kidney Foundation of Canada Helps Fund World’s First Gene Therapy Clinical Trial for Fabry Disease

First-of-Its-Kind Canadian Project to Chart the Future of Dialysis Research

Lead Investigator on Landmark Walkerton Health Study Awarded 2012 Medal for Research Excellence

New Drug Shows Hope for ADPKD Treatment

New Findings Debunk Long-Held Theory that Kidney Disease is Part of the Normal Aging Process

The Kidney Foundation of Canada partners with Kidney Cancer Canada and Government to support national research network

Mon, 27 May 2013

Sugary Drinks May Increase Risk of Kidney Stones

May 24, 2013 – In a recently published study in the Clinical Journal of American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), Dr. Gary Curhan reported that people who consumed one or more servings of sugar-sweetened, non-cola drinks per day had an increased chance (33%) of developing kidney stones. Other sugary drinks such as cola and punch were also associated with a higher risk. Sugary drinks also contribute to obesity and tooth decay.

Doctors advise patients to increase their fluid intake to prevent kidney stones. This study shows that it is important to consider the type of fluid that is consumed.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has funded research on kidney stones, including the following research from Dr. Todd Alexander (University of Alberta, Edmonton):

  • KRESCENT Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2007 – 2009
    “Regulation of calcium homeostasis by the anti-aging hormone, klotho”
  • KRESCENT New Investigator Award 2009 – 2012
    “Molecular Mechanisms Mediating Coordinated Proximal Tubular Sodium, Calcium, Bicarbonate and Water Absorption”
  • KFOC Biomedical Research Grant 2009 - 2011
    “The molecular determinants of proximal tubular calcium absorption”
  • KFOC Biomedical Research Grant 2011 – 2014
    “Molecules & mechanisms mediating proximal tubular calcium flux”

For more information on Dr. Todd’s research in articles previously posted on this page, see “Diets high in salt deplete calcium in the body” (July 25, 2012) and “People who get kidney stones are twice as likely to develop kidney failure: U of A medical research” (September 6, 2012).

Link to Globe and Mail article, May 24, 2013: