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Thu, 21 Mar 2013

Alberta Researchers Receive Top Achievement in Health Research Award

March 18, 2013 – Three researchers well known to The Kidney Foundation - Drs. Brenda Hemmelgarn and Braden Manns from the University of Calgary, and their colleague Dr. Marcello Tonelli from the University of Alberta – were among those chosen to receive the prestigious CIHR-CMAJ Top Canadian Achievements in Health Research Award.
Marcello Tonelli (left), Brenda Hemmelgarn (center), Braden Manns (right)
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) host the annual competition to highlight achievements that have had a substantial impact on the health and well-being of Canadians and others worldwide. Recipients are selected by a peer-review panel of Canadian and international.

"As Canada's primary funder of health research, CIHR is very proud to partner with the CMAJ in recognizing the talent, leadership and dedication to excellence of these individuals, whose work has helped position this country at the forefront of medicine and health worldwide," said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR. "I also applaud the emphasis they have placed on translating new knowledge into meaningful measures that make a real difference in people's lives."

Drs. Brenda Hemmelgarn, Braden Manns and Marcello Tonelli co-lead the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (ICDC). Their research and knowledge translation activities helped realize great improvements in the treatments of hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and vascular disease. Since 2010, the collaboration has published more than 38 peer-reviewed articles, including important research on the prognostic significance of proteinuria as an inexpensive predictor of risk in patients with chronic kidney disease.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is a proud supporter of excellence in health research and is honoured to have Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn as a board member of its Southern Alberta branch, and to support the following research initiatives from Drs. Manns and Tonelli through funding from its KRESCENT program:

Dr. Braden Manns:
The CAnadian KidNey KNowledge Translation and Generation NETwork (CANN-NET)

Dr. Marcello Tonelli:
Relation between residence location, care quality and adverse outcomes in people with proteinuric kidney disease”, (2011 – 2013)

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