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People with Lived Experience in Peer Review

Peer review is a key step in the evaluation of research projects to ensure that they represent feasible, ethical, and applicable projects that are well positioned to result in success.  

Historically, this process has been completed a third party non-biased team of peers, meaning that the review committee was made up of researchers and clinicians. Recently, the inclusion of lived experience voices on peer review committees has become more and more common, however a large majority of these voices have never had any training or association with the peer review process.  

The Kidney Foundation of Canada has recently been a driver in the creation of a People with Lived Experience Peer Review Training module (see news announcement here) in collaboration with many partners including Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD), Canadian Nephrology Trials Network (CNTN), Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), and the Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training Program (KRESCENT).  

This training module is available online for free in both English and French, and participants are provided a training certificate upon completion. This training is aimed at those who have never participated in the peer review process and was developed with a working group of lived experience reviewers. Please see the link below to participate in this training module.  

People with Lived Experience Peer Review Training module

Collaborators and working group 


Manuel Escoto (Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program) 
Alicia Murdoch (Can SOLVE-CKD/CNTN) 
Leanne Stalker (The Kidney Foundation of Canada/ KRESCENT)

Lived Experience partners: 

Mary Beaucage 
Arlene Desjarlais 
David Hillier 
Sandra Holdsworth 
Lindsay Thompson 
Hans Vorster 
Tania Woodlock