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The Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training (KRESCENT) Program, is a national training program launched in 2005. Originally a partnership between the Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC), The Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (CIHR-INMD), the program was developed with the recognition from the Canadian Research Community of the rising prevalence of kidney disease and the need to train and maintain an increased number of highly skilled kidney research scientists.

KRESCENT continues to be administered and supported by the Kidney Foundation of Canada, supported by CSN and has most recently been the recipient of a Health Research Training Platform grant from CIHR-INMD.

The program pursues two main goals:

1- To enhance kidney research capacity in Canada
2- To foster collaborative research and knowledge translation across the four pillars of research

The program provides competitive salary support to post-doctoral fellows, early career researchers, and allied health scholars as well as career development, mentorship, and collaborative learning opportunities.

Trainees are provided unique and valuable opportunities, including training in patient, family and community engagement, indigenous cultural safety training, and exposure to a vast variety of national experts both within and outside of their direct field of interest.

KRESCENT’s goal is to help build well-rounded, dedicated, and connected kidney health researchers who will in turn build the Canadian research landscape and keep Kidney health competitive in national level health funding competitions. Successful trainees become competitive researchers, which results in more research dollars coming back to the community, and more change for patients and families.

KRESCENT is a testimony to the leadership of individuals, organizations and companies committed to reducing the burden of kidney disease in Canada. The KRESCENT program continues to build on 18 years of success, leading to increased capacity building for kidney research in Canada. The program prides itself on recruiting, fostering, and producing well rounded, exemplary researchers across all fields related to kidney health and disease.

For more informationon the KRESCENT program, please visit the KRESCENT program’s website.