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

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

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

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CSN Announces Editor in Chief of New Journal

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

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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

Sun, 11 Nov 2012

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

November 12, 2012 - Recent findings from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, note that a higher risk of death was associated with chronic kidney disease and its complications, regardless of age. The expansive study, involving 178 collaborating researchers and including data spanning nearly four decades (1972-2011) from more than 2 million ethnically-diverse participants the world over, debunks the theory that development of chronic kidney disease is a regular part of the aging process.

Data has shown that the prevalence of CKD increases with age. For years, researchers have wondered whether this was just part of the normal course of aging. There was even consideration being given to  revisiting the definition of CKD (i.e. the presence of kidney damage, or a decreased level of kidney function, for a period of three months or more).

Researchers also wondered if risk factors associated with CKD were likely to increase with age. After analyzing the data from the global study, researchers concluded that chronic kidney disease and its complications are linked to increased risks, including death, independent of a person’s age. Therefore, strategies to diminish the risk of disease and enhance treatment of those affected should remain a priority regardless of age.

Canadian researchers involved in the study, and who have been supported by The Kidney Foundation, are:

  • Marcello Tonelli (University of Alberta, Edmonton)
  • Adeera Levin (University of British Columbia/St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver)
  • Brenda Hemmelgarn (University of Calgary, Alberta)
  • Matthew James (University of Calgary, Alberta)
  • Navdeep Tangri (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)

A review of the research is available at: