In 2011, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) established the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and subsequently funded five chronic disease research networks, including the Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD) Network.
Leading up to the launch of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network in 2016, careful work was done in partnership with patients living with kidney disease, and their families, to identify our key research priorities: earlier diagnosis, better treatments, and innovative care. Patient partners, researchers, policy-makers and other team members then set about designing and launching research projects that align with these themes, as well as developing of a wealth of other tools and resources to support patient-oriented kidney research.
After many years, our efforts are starting to bear fruit: we have made many novel findings and developed valuable tools with great potential to improve the lives of people affected by kidney disease. We are now taking steps to implement our work into clinical practice across the country, with the goal of transforming kidney care.
As we look to the future, we will remain committed to ensuring a special focus on:
- Knowledge mobilization and implementation science
- Indigenous health and cultural competency
- Equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Training, mentorship, and capacity building for innovation