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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

  • 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
  • CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV): Interview Study
    Are you the recipient (18 years or older) of an organ or a stem cell transplant within the past five years who has had cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection that lasted more than two weeks or that came back after successfully being treated? If so, Adelphi Values would like to hear from you.

    Takeda Canada, through health research organization Adelphi Values, is inviting transplant recipients who have experienced this type of CMV infection to participate in a 60-minute telephone interview for a research study that explores its impact on their lives. Participants will be compensated upon completion of the interview. 

    Should you be interested, or have any questions, please contact Samantha Power (see below) at Adelphi Values and reference study number TK8701A. 

    Samantha Power 
    Tel.: 617-399-9660 
  • 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
  • Sexual Health and Kidney Disease
    Are you 18+ years old? Do you have kidney disease? The University of Calgary wants to hear from you! You are invited to complete a short 5-minute anonymous survey to help identify priority questions that Canadians with kidney disease have about their sexual health. This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB21-0411). See this website for more information, including how you could win a gift card:
  • 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.
  • Share Your Transplant Experience
    Improve the organ donation and transplantation system in Canada by sharing your experiences as a kidney, liver, heart, lung, or other organ transplant patient, or as a caregiver for someone on a transplant journey, by filling out our online survey. 

    It should only take about 15 minutes, and your feedback will help us develop recommendations for improving the transplant journey for everyone.

    Take the survey

    This survey is also available in the following languages:
    Traditional Chinese:  選擇繁體中文參與此調查
    Simplified Chinese:  选择简体中文参与此调查 
    Punjabi:   ਸਰਵੇਖਣ ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਕਰੋ।
    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
  • Be the first to test a novel website
    The University of Calgary is seeking volunteers to test a novel website to support adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD).  The website provides information on topics relevant to managing CKD; the ability to create a customized food list and a tailored question list to bring to your health care provider; as well as resources to support you.

    Who can participate? You are eligible if you:
    • Have chronic kidney disease and not on dialysis
    • Are 18 years of age or older
    • Can read and write English
    • Live in Canada
    • Have access to a device with an internet connection
    What does the study involve?
    • Use the website for 8 weeks as you desire
    • Complete brief online questionnaires prior to and after using the website
    • Partake in a 30-minute telephone interview to tell us about your experience with using the website
    If you are interested in joining the study or need more information please contact the University of Calgary Project Coordinator, Michelle Smekal at
  • 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
  • Seeking Patients with Primary Membranous Nephropathy (PMN)
    The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is starting a Health Technology Assessment project for rituximab for primary membranous nephropathy. The objective of this project is to review evidence on the use of rituximab to determine its place in therapy and its cost-effectiveness compared to the current standard of care, which involves cyclophosphamide and calcineurin inhibitors. 
    As part of this project, they would like to learn from one or two individuals with primary membranous nephropathy (PMN), to better understand the challenges of the disease and hear their first-hand experiences with rituximab. Participants will take part in a confidential discussion via telephone. They will pay an honorarium to the individuals involved.  
    The ideal person(s) would: 
    • Have PMN;
    • Have personal experience with taking rituximab as a treatment for PMN; 
    • Be comfortable talking about their experiences via telephone with CADTH.
    Anyone who is interested should contact
  • 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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  • Feedback sought for the development of a wearable dialysis machine
    Qidni Labs, a start-up company from Kitchener, Ontario, is developing a wearable dialysis machine. They have created a questionnaire to better understand the needs and desires of dialysis patients as they move forward in developing and actively improving their wearable device. Qidni Labs would greatly appreciate your time in giving them your input through this survey. Click the link to go to the survey:

    Your feedback will help them make the change you want to see in the future of kidney and dialysis care. You can learn more about them on their website
  • 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