Ensuring the best kidney health for all means listening to and understanding the many unique perspectives across Canada’s kidney community.

That’s why we have created an inclusive, multi-disciplinary network that honours and seeks to incorporate professional and personal views of kidney disease from across a wide spectrum.

Kidney disease can touch us all, no matter our age, sex, gender, culture, or location, and it is by embracing the collective power and wisdom of our diverse voices that we will overcome it.

Patient Council

The Patient Council is the core and the heart of Can-SOLVE CKD. It is composed of more than 35 patient partners reflecting a wide range of experiences:

Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council

The Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC) ensures Indigenous ways of knowing and being are incorporated into Can-SOLVE CKD. The network recognizes and embrace the importance of a “two-eyed seeing” approach that accounts for both Western and Indigenous perspectives. With this knowledge, Can-SOLVE CKD is developing culturally appropriate research protocols that will support the best possible kidney health for all Canadians, regardless of geography, ethnicity, or culture.

20+ members: 

Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis

Dr. Sofia Ahmed supports Can-SOLVE CKD in the role of Sex and Gender Lead. As one of Canada’s leading experts in sex and gender research across people with kidney diseases, Dr. Ahmed is working in an advisory capacity to support sex- and gender-based analysis in all Can-SOLVE CKD research projects.

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Pediatrics Committee

The Can-SOLVE CKD Pediatrics Committee brings together pediatric nephrologists from across Canada who are interested in patient-oriented research. The goals of this committee are to:

Can-SOLVE CKD International Advisory Committee

This committee provides overall strategic guidance and oversight to the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. It provides an international perspective, identifying opportunities for synergies and collaboration. The committee is composed of international leaders from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia with varied perspectives and expertise.

Geographic diversity

Our 18 research projects are truly national in scope, bringing together researchers, patients, and other collaborators from all regions of the country. (Note: Icons do not represent members’ actual geographic location within each province.)