Annual meeting celebrates partnerships in patient-oriented research

More than 90 participants, including nearly 30 patient partners, came together in Montreal this month for the 2017 Can-SOLVE CKD Network Annual Meeting. It was an exciting and productive week that highlighted the outstanding patient-oriented kidney research taking place across Canada.

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Partnerships in Patient-Oriented Research,” and participants were encouraged to celebrate and build on the diverse collaborations that are at the centre of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network.

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In just three days, we accomplished a great deal:

  • We convened a sharing circle for all patient partners to reflect on their personal experience with kidney disease and health research.
  • We shone a spotlight on three research projects and the Canadian Nephrology Trials Network while also sharing successes in patient-oriented research.
  • We learned about bringing Indigenous perspectives into health research from Dr. Malcolm King.
  • We delivered Module 3 of the Foundations in Patient-Oriented Research training curriculum to more than 65 network members.
  • We facilitated 12 project team meetings and three committee meetings, including in-person gatherings of the Patient Council and Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council.
  • We demonstrated patient engagement in research by hosting a live webinar on the living donor kidney transplantation project co-presented by researchers and patients.
  • We co-hosted a joint symposium on the kidney failure risk equation in partnership with the Canadian Association of Nephrology Administrators.
  • We highlighted Can-SOLVE CKD research and patient engagement in a keynote presentation at the Canadian Society of Nephrology AGM.

We are excited to be breaking new ground in involving patients in a research network, and in having patients attend portions of a scientific meeting. We will continue to try to improve the experience for all patients involved in Can-SOLVE CKD.

The next Can-SOLVE CKD Network Annual Meeting will take place in Vancouver in early May 2018.

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