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Manuel and Suzanna are both kidney transplant recipients and employed at the Foundation.

Would you like to share your views to help improve programs and services for patients, or help researchers gain a better understanding of the challenges of living with kidney disease? You are at the right place! Browse down below to see current opportunities.

Current opportunities

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy vs Health Enhancement Program: An Online Randomized Controlled Trial

    Accessing the right therapy modalities can significantly benefit mental health. At the Douglas Research Institute, researchers are investigating two forms of therapy: mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and the Health Enhancement Program (HEP). The goal is to compare them to understand their effects on symptoms of late-life depression, anxiety, and overall quality of life.

    You can participate in this study if you:

    • are over 60 years of age,
    • experience depressive symptoms,
    • have internet access,
    • are available for eight weekly sessions,
    • and can provide informed consent.

    People with a recent substance abuse history, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar I or II disorder, primary psychotic disorder, or severe personality disorder are not eligible.

    Participants will participate in two interviews through Zoom: one before the start of the study and the second after the completion of it. Participants will then be randomly assigned to either eight weekly online sessions of MBCT or HEP for late-life depression, an active control.

    This study will be conducted in English, and you could participate in one of the three online group interventions that will be offered in fall 2023, spring 2024, and fall 2024.

    For more information, please contact:
    Dr. Paola Lavin

    This study was approved by the Ethics Review Board at the Douglas Research Institute, CIUSSS Ouest, number 884-2024, on August 30, 2023.

  • EMPOWER: An online wellness program for adults living with chronic kidney disease

    Living with a chronic condition can have adverse effects mental well-being. Fortunately, people can overcome psychological obstacles and lead a satisfying, purposeful life with the right tools.

    Researchers at the University of Alberta designed EMPOWER, a 12-week online wellness program that includes mind-body practices like yoga, tai chi, meditation, breath work, and more. The goal of the study is to uncover the impact of the program on symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    You are eligible to participate in this study if you:

    • are an adult (18+) living with chronic kidney disease and/or are post-transplant,
    • can communicate in English,
    • have access to an internet-connected device.

    Adults with other chronic health conditions may also qualify for an alternate, general program.

    The program consists of weekly training videos that include movement videos (yoga, tai chi, and chair) with breathwork and meditation, a weekly tip from a clinician, and a short clip from a psychologist on living with a chronic condition. The program also offers a point system, games, and group movement sessions.

    This study will be ongoing until July 2024.

    Find the participation form here:

    Should you have any questions, please contact:
    Emily Johnson

    This study was approved by the University of Alberta Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) Pro#00122568.

  • For people with kidney failure, what outcomes are most important after having surgery?

    People with kidney failure face worse outcomes after surgery than people without kidney disease. At the University of Calgary, a research team seeks to identify what outcomes are most important to people with kidney failure having surgery, so that they can study these outcomes and develop tools that can help predict the risk of poor outcomes.

    If you or someone you care for has (1) kidney failure and (2) have had surgery, you are eligible to participate in this study. Kidney disease researchers, surgeons, anaesthesiologists, and kidney health care providers can also participate.

    The study consists of three to four 10-minute online surveys which can be provided over telephone upon request. All questions are optional: participants can quit the survey at any point.

    Participants who complete the survey will receive a compensation of $50 CAD.

    This study is being conducted in English and French, but materials can be provided in another language upon request.

    Find the participation form here:

    Should you have any questions, please contact:
    Dr. Tyrone Harrison

    This study was approved by the University of Calgary Health Research Ethics Board (REB23-0749, Principal Investigator Dr Tyrone Harrison).

  • Evaluating Person-Centered Integrated Care for People with Kidney Disease and Other Health Conditions in Alberta

    A research group at the University of Calgary is investigating the level of integrated kidney care and care coordination in Alberta from the perspectives of adults with kidney disease, caregivers, and healthcare providers to bridge gaps in the area and ensure that patients receive the best individualized care possible.

    The research team is looking for people over the age of 18 located in Alberta. Adults with early-stage chronic kidney disease or other health conditions and their caregivers are eligible to participate. Adults who received dialysis or a kidney transplant are not eligible for this study.

    The study consists of a 15-minute questionnaire that can be answered online or over the phone with a research coordinator. All questions are optional: participants can end the survey at any point.

    Participants who complete the survey will be eligible to enter a draw to win a gift card.

    This study is available in English only.

    Find survey here:

    Should you have any questions, please contact:
    Sabrina Jassemi
    Telephone: 403-210-8820


    A new Ontario study sponsored by Qidni Labs Inc. is investigating the safety and efficacy of the Qidni/D investigational hemodialysis device, which requires less clean water and electrical infrastructure to offer proper access to dialysis care to people in remote regions, those with fewer resources, and those in emergency situations.

    The research team is looking for male and female patients between the ages of 18 and 75 with kidney failure or end-stage renal disease to participate in their study.

    • Open to patients who dialyze between 3-5x/week
    • Open to patients with all vascular access types (catheters, grafts, and fistulas)
    • Patients on peritoneal dialysis will be excluded from the study.

    If you match this description, you can request to participate in the study. Compensation for participation will be provided.

    During the study, participants will engage in one session of Qidni/D dialysis, study treatment duration ranging from 30 minutes to up to 4 hours. Researchers will assess participant blood chemistry before and after treatment. Personal information will not be kept or recorded to ensure participant confidentiality.

    This study will be conducted in English.

    Should you have any questions, please contact:

    Dr. Morteza Ahmadi
    Email: or

    This study was reviewed by Advarra, a local ethics board in Ontario, on May 27th, 2022. Proof of approval can be provided upon request.

  • Understanding the experience of CKD patients with anemia in Canada

    In Toronto, Research Strategy Group is currently conducting a qualitative market research study on behalf of a leading industry sponsor to understand the patient experience of people affected by anemia associated with chronic kidney disease (aCKD). 

    The research team is looking for individuals 18 or older, living in Canada, diagnosed with aCKD, and actively receiving ESA (erythropoietin stimulating agents such as Eprex® or Aranesp®). If you fit this description, you can request participation in the study. All selected participants will receive compensation for their participation. 

    The study includes two parts conducted in the following order: (1) a 30-minute self-reflection journal homework; and (2) a 60-minute video conference interview (on Zoom) with open-ended questions to allow participants to share their perspectives, opinions, and views. 

    This study will conclude on February 28, 2023. 

    This study conforms to requirements to protect your personal information; the study coordinator will provide further details. 

    Should you have any questions, please contact: 

    Pat Manclark 
    Toll free: 1-866-845-6448 ext 286  
    Local: 416-236-4770 ext 286 


  • Studying the life stories of families of immunocompromised (IC) children during the COVID-19 pandemic

    At the University of Manitoba, researchers are studying the lived experience of families of immunocompromised (IC) children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goal is to identify meaningful insights to help such families overcome challenges throughout the current pandemic and during future crises.

    If you have an IC child under 18, you are eligible to participate in this study. Participation will involve:

    1. An individual interview with each family member (who is interested)
    2. An individual or family group photograph activity followed by an interview about the photos
    3. Optional: Creation of a short video followed by a discussion of it in another interview

    You can organize each part of this study at your own convenience. You will also receive an honorarium for taking part in the research.

    This study is led by Dr. Roberta Woodgate and is ongoing until May 2025. Translators will be available for study participants.

    Should you have any questions, please contact:  

    Dr. Roberta Woodgate 
    (204) 480-1051

  • Access to medications: Daprodustat
    The Kidney Foundation of Canada is inviting people living with chronic kidney disease, as well as their caregivers, to share their experiences for a medication reimbursement review.  We’d like to know more about your experience with treatments to treat anemia, including daprodustat.

    These medication reviews evaluate drugs based on clinical, economic and patient evidence, and make recommendations as to which drugs should be included in federal, provincial and/or territorial public drug plans.  Your responses to this survey will inform our submission to CADTH (Canada’s Drug and Health Technology Agency), INESSS (Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux) and/or provincial evaluations.

    Participation is anonymous and no identifying information will be published or printed.  The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

    To participate, please visit by November 14th.
    Adult patients of African/African American ethnic heritage from Canada diagnosed with non-diabetic hypertensive kidney disease are invited to participate in a study. The study aims to understand what living with hypertensive kidney disease is like on a daily basis. Caregivers may choose to participate.

    The study will explore information about diagnostic pathways and treatment milestones, treatment options and ongoing management, interactions with healthcare providers and unmet needs you experienced throughout your journey.

    Participants will be asked to complete a 60 min web-assisted telephone interview in English arranged according to your availability. Remuneration is being provided.

    Please note that this study conforms to all laws that protect your personal information.

    Study Deadline: February 10, 2022

    For more information:
    Adisa Batueva (she/her) 
    T: +49 30 679 661 409
  • Identifying key research topics about cognition
    Cognition (the ability to remember, learn new things, focus, and/or make everyday life decisions) has been identified as a top research priority for people with chronic kidney disease. The aim of this survey is to find out what specific research questions about cognition are important to people living with kidney disease, their family members, as well as researchers, clinicians, and decision makers. 

    You are invited to give your opinion on the top three most important research questions on cognition in people with chronic kidney disease. The questions you identify can be for any stage of chronic kidney disease or modality. 

    The survey is available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish:


    For more information, contact:
    Oksana Harasemiw, Research Coordinator

    The University of Manitoba Health Research Ethics Board # is: HS24827 (H2021:152)
  • Research Study on Periods and Birth Control Use Among Female Patients with Kidney Disease
    A research study on the periods and birth control use of female patients with kidney disease worldwide is being conducted by the University of Calgary to improve clinical care in the context of gynecologic, reproductive and kidney health. 

    If you are a female 18+ years and interested in completing a short survey, we would like to hear from you. Participants will have a chance to win 1 in 10 Amazon gift cards ($50 CAD). Note that responses will be completely confidential and anonymous (unless participants are interested in entering the prize draw or being contacted for a future interview, in which case they must provide their contact information).

    This survey is available in English, in French, in Spanish and in Punjabi.

    Participate in this study:

    Should you have any questions, please contact:
    Dr. Sofia Ahmed
    Tel.: 403-220-2550
  • Study on the life stories of families of children who are immunocompromised during COVID-19
    Are you a family living in Canada with a child under 18 years old who is immunocompromised, or who has an immune system condition? 

    The University of Manitoba invites you to take part in a virtual interview as part of a research project called “Making visible the life stories of families of children who are immunocompromised during COVID-19”. Participants will receive a $30 gift card in appreciation of their contribution.

    For more information, please contact:      
    Rachelle Sass
    Tel.: (204) 480-1044
  • Study on Physical Activity and Exercise Practice Patterns of People on Peritoneal Dialysis
    Are you currently on peritoneal dialysis, or were you previously on it? Are you 18 years of age or older? If you responded yes and have access to a device with an Internet connection, the University of Calgary would like to hear from you!

    Share your voice by completing a short, anonymous survey to help researchers understand the physical activity and exercise practice patterns of people on peritoneal dialysis.

    For more information, please contact: 
    Dr. Jennifer MacRae 
    Tel.: (403) 210-6766
  • Survey on intake and access to fruits and vegetables
    The University of Manitoba wants to hear from people with lived experience of CKD and their caregivers from Canada; they are invited to complete a short survey about fruit and vegetable intake and home delivery of groceries.

    The survey is available online: 
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immunosuppressed people and their relatives
    The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) in collaboration the CHUM Research Center conducted a first data collection during summer 2020 among 137 transplant recipients and their relatives to understand the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on lifestyle behaviours and mental health.
    They are now conducting a follow-up among these participants and recruiting new immunosuppressed participants (transplanted or not) and their relatives to investigate changes and current states in mental health and lifestyle behaviours one year after the start of COVID-19 pandemic.

    More specifically, this project aims to capture the modification of lifestyle habits, stress, anxiety levels and coping strategies and vaccination perception of immunosuppressed people and their relatives in the specific context of the confinement associated with COVID-19. We also wish to study the impact of pet ownership on lifestyle behaviours and mental health of this population.

    If you wish to join the study, please follow the link below to fill in the Consent Form for the first Online Questionnaire. This follow-up questionnaire should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Once you are done, do not forget to press the arrow to SUBMIT the survey.
    MEDSKL is a free, open-access medical education platform that is recruiting patient volunteers to share their story with medical students through a live webinar series called "Patient Perspectives". This is an opportunity for individuals in The Kidney Foundation community to teach future physicians about kidney disease from the perspective of their lived experience. The webinar will be 1 hour in length and hosted on Zoom on a weeknight evening of your choice. If you are interested in this opportunity, please sign-up using the online form or contact MEDSKL at
  • Options and Preferences for Treatments Informing recOmmendatioNs Study in Vasculitis (OPTIONS Vasculitis)
    OPTIONS Vasculitis is being organized by researchers and patients from Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. They are trying to understand how patients with ANCA associated vasculitis (sometimes called granulomatosis with polyangiitis [GPA], Wegener’s granulomatosis, or microscopic polyangiitis [MPA]) make decisions about treatments they might be offered.

    If you’re a patient with vasculitis or kidney disease that lives in Canada, the United Kingdom, or the United States, please help out by taking 15 minutes to complete a survey regarding patient values and preferences about plasma exchange in ANCA associated vasculitis. 

    Take the survey:
    All responses are anonymous. Your answers will help patients and doctors with shared decision making about plasma exchange in patients with vasculitis and kidney disease as well as inform clinical practice guidelines. Thanks! 
  • Participate in a survey about cannabis use and symptoms in patients with kidney disease
    The health benefits of cannabis in patients with kidney disease are unknown. We are studying cannabis for the treatment of symptoms related to kidney disease.

    This is a survey designed by patients for patients to: 
    • Collect information about cannabis use for symptom relief in kidney disease.
    • See if there is interest for clinical trials for cannabis in kidney disease.
    Participation is anonymous and all responses are confidential. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

    To participate please visit

    If you have any questions, please contact:
    Dr. David Collister
  • Exploring Patients Knowledge of Precision Medicine & Biobanking
    Are you at least 18 years old? Have you been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease? 

    Researchers at the University of Calgary are exploring patients’ knowledge, perceptions and experiences of precision medicine and biobanking. The findings of this research may help to enhance patient engagement and awareness of precision medicine and biobanking research

    Researchers are looking for patients with chronic kidney disease who are willing to be interviewed about these topics. The interviews will be conducted either by phone or by Skype/Zoom/Google Hangouts and will take approximately 30-45 minutes. 

    In appreciation of participant’s time, a $25 gift card will be provided. Please note that your views will be confidential and no personally identifiable information will be associated with responses.

    If you are willing to participate in this study, please contact:
    Mohammad Haque
    Masters Student at University of Calgary 
    Phone: 403-835-7225
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immunosuppressed graft recipients and their relatives

    The CHUM Research Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), are currently recruiting transplant recipients and their family members interested in contributing, as a volunteer research participant, to a study aimed at understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on immunosuppressed graft recipients and their relatives. 

    More specifically, this project aims to capture the modification of lifestyle habits, stress, anxiety levels and coping strategies of immunosuppressed graft recipients, their families and their relatives in the specific context of the containment associated with COVID-19 (objective 1). They also wish to study the impact of pet ownership on the stress experienced by this population and the benefits that pets can bring to organ recipients and their families (objective 2). 

    Please note that reaching out or participating to the Information Session does not oblige you to join as a research participant in the project.


    The research team:  
    Mélanie Dieudé (Ph.D.), Isabelle Doré (Ph.D.), Sylvain Bédard (Patient), Co-Investigators and Stéphanie Larivière, Project manager 

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  • TESTING Study Seeking Patients with IgA Nephropathy
    IgA nephropathy is one of the most common causes of kidney disease, especially in younger adults. The mainstay of therapy involves using blood pressure medications to lower both blood pressure and decrease proteinuria. In those wherein proteinuria cannot be lowered to less than a gram, progression to end stage kidney disease occurs over a number of years. There is information to suggest that corticosteroids (medications that suppress the immune system) may be effective at preventing kidney failure in patients with IgA nephropathy. The TESTING Study is an international study being conducted to clearly understand what benefits and risks are associated with corticosteroids in IgA nephropathy, using a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone.

    Over the next year we are looking for 50 patients over the age of 18 with IgA nephropathy to participate in this study at 6 hospitals across Canada. If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact a research coordinator at one of the hospitals below:

    St. Paul’s Hospital/Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver, BC): Zainab Sheriff or 604-682-2344 x64744

    University of Calgary, Foothills Medical Center (Calgary, Alberta): Sheila Li or 403-210-7431

    University of Alberta Hospital (Edmonton, Alberta): Nancy Ruholl or 780-492-3887

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto, Ontario): Tatjana Sukovic or 416-480-6100 x 3247

    London Health Sciences Centre (London, Ontario): Kerri Gallo or 519-685-8500 x52212

    Hôpital Maisonneuve Rosemont (Montréal, Quebec): Martine Comeau or 514-252-3400 x4647