Research Results

Canada is home to a vibrant research community working to improve kidney health.

Stay up to date on the latest innovations through KidneyLink. Each week, we post plain language summaries of new research by Canadian investigators and teams.

  • Study will explore treatment of acidosis through diet

    September 28, 2023

    A study in Winnipeg and Halifax will take a preliminary look at the effects of treating acidosis with a diet of alkalizing fruit and vegetables, compared to the standard treatment of sodium bicarbonate tablets.

  • New tools predict risk of complications for kidney patients following surgery

    September 25, 2023

    Researchers have created three new predictive models to help identify kidney patients at high risk of complications following surgery for a non-cardiac related matter.

  • Kidney transplant recipients with a failing graft show greater risk of kidney failure than their peers without a transplant

    September 14, 2023

    A new study shows that kidney transplant recipients with stable but reduced graft function are more likely to experience kidney failure and death than those who don’t have a transplant.

  • New tool predicts when kidney transplant candidates can expect a good organ match

    July 12, 2023

    A new tool supports transplant candidates and their doctors to decide whether to accept a donated kidney now or wait until another, potentially better match is available.

  • Providers show large discrepancies in follow-up care for children with acute kidney injury

    July 4, 2023

    There are no existing guidelines to support long-term follow-up care of AKI in children. A new study surveyed pediatric nephrologists, PICU doctors and nurses to better understand current follow-up practices.

  • Transportation woes remain a major issue for people who need in-centre dialysis

    May 30, 2023

    Hemodialysis is a life-saving procedure for people experiencing kidney failure, but the vast majority of these patients must travel to a clinic 2-4 times each week to receive dialysis.

  • When patient partners and scientists team up for peer-review: Strengths and challenges

    May 30, 2023

    Both patient and scientific reviewers reported generally positive views about the inclusion of patients in the peer-review process, a new study finds.

  • Kidney patients report varying preferences for invasive procedures for heart disease

    April 28, 2023

    83% of patients surveyed are willing to undergo procedures to reduce their risk of cardiovascular complications, even though these procedures can sometimes lead to more kidney damage.

  • Routine patient surveys for symptom management may not be as helpful as intended

    April 21, 2023

    Kidney patients are often asked by their care providers to complete a survey to help assess their current health status, but new data suggests that this approach may not necessarily enhance communication between patients and their care providers.