Project leaders recognized for research excellence

The Can-SOLVE CKD Network congratulates two of our research project leaders who recently received international recognition for their outstanding scientific contributions.

Dr. Amit Garg was presented with the American Society of Nephrology’s Young Investigator Award during ASN Kidney Week 2016. This award is given annually to an individual with an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to the functions and diseases of the kidney.

Dr. Garg is a professor at Western University in London, Ontario, and currently serves as President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology. His research contributions include the introduction of new information for living kidney donor candidates as part of the informed consent process and findings about unsafe drug prescribing causing acute kidney injury that led to label changes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He is currently leading a research project as part of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network that aims to increase the use of living donor kidney transplantation. The project will develop solutions to address the barriers to living kidney donor transplantation and evaluate the impact of these solutions on patient experiences, outcomes, and healthcare system costs.


For the second consecutive year, Dr. Marcello Tonelli has been named to the 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by Thomson Reuters. The prestigious annual list recognizes the top one percent of researchers worldwide measured by the number of citations of their publications.

Dr. Tonelli is a nephrologist and professor at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine, where he also serves as Senior Associate Dean, Health Research. His primary research focus is improving the care of people with chronic kidney disease and other chronic health conditions. He has partnered with regional, provincial and national decision-making bodies to inform clinical practice and impact health policy in this area.

Dr. Tonelli is leading a Can-SOLVE CKD research project focused on restructuring kidney care to meet the needs of 21st century patients. Working together with patient partners, his team will identify aspects of the patient experience that are the highest priority for change and then select the most promising, relevant innovations for transforming kidney care for evaluation in rigorous studies.