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Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD) is a unique kidney research network that puts patients at the heart of everything that is done. The goal of the Network is to improve the quality of care of those with kidney disease and to help kidney patients experience the best outcomes and quality of life. The Network was announced by the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, in March 2016 as one of five successful recipients of $12.5 million of funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

The Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) and The Kidney Foundation are proud partners behind years of planning and development which went into the development of the Network.  We will continue to raise funds to support our $3.35 million investment as the largest single funder, outside of government, to this ground-breaking project.  

The Patient Governance Circle and the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council provide the unique opportunity for those directly affected by kidney disease to provide leadership, guidance and direction to researchers throughout the duration of the Can-SOLVE CKD initiative.

Work undertaken by the Network between 2016-2023 will fall into three thematic areas:
  • Identify and support people living with kidney disease who are at highest risk for poor outcomes
  • Test and define the best treatments to improve outcomes and quality of life
  • Define the best ways to deliver patient-centered care in the 21st century
For more detailed information on the impact of Can-SOLVE CKD and how you can support it, please read the 2020 Support Package.

A multitude of partners help to make this work possible by providing the funding and in-kind support needed. Contributors include universities, provincial renal programs, professional associations, and research centres/groups along with several patient groups, national stakeholders, international research groups, and industry partners, who have collectively committed millions in funding.

Our Can-SOLVE CKD Supporters

The Kidney Foundation is committed to supporting Can-SOLVE CKD with $3.35 million in funding. We are grateful to the many generous individual, corporate and foundation donors who have provided support to help us meet this commitment; they include:
Rose Regan In Memory of her husband, Michael Joseph Regan
Leslie and John Pearson and Family 
Otsuka Canada

John & Lotte Davis - AG Hair
Leo and Judith Fleming
Margaret Rothweiler Foundation 
Reg and Aynsley Helwer and Family  
Elisabeth Fowler
Sun Life Financial
Joyce Van Deurzen
Boone Food
Greg Robbins and Family

Patients’ comments: 

As a patient with CKD, I fear I will suffer the same fate as my family members have: starting dialysis before the age of 40, experiencing chronic pain and fatigue, having to work part time or not at all, developing diabetes and heart disease, having surgery after surgery for stents, grafts, and fistulas, developing infections, and having appendages amputated. This is not a future I want, and this is not the future I want for my loved ones? Being a member of Can-SOLVE CKD empowers me to make change and support medical professionals who are dedicated to improving kidney health and care through research. 

Allowing patients to have a voice in the future of kidney care and research is really extraordinary; a new frontier. Of course, we would all like to see a cure, but in the meantime, we want to know that everything possible is being done to improve people’s quality of life now. Not in 10 or 20 years, but now.