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Patients with chronic kidney disease need to balance their complex medical condition with the demands of daily life while maintaining emotional well-being. Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn is the research lead of the SPOR (Strategy for Patient Oriented Research) - Can-SOLVE CKD research project, Strategies to enhance patient self-management of CKD. This research project aims to understand how to empower patients to self-manage their chronic kidney disease to improve disease progression and overall patient experience and well-being. Dr. Hemmelgarn will share the findings of the research project and showcase the CKD self-management tool that is being developed as part of the Can-SOLVE CKD study and their patient partners.


Dr Brenda Hemmelgarn

Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta CANADA

Dr Brenda Hemmelgarn is a clinician scientist with sub-specialty training in Nephrology. She is Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences where she undertakes her academic activities, and maintains a clinical practice in nephrology through the Department of Medicine. Her research interests are in the study of chronic medical conditions including chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, as well as knowledge translation strategies to improve care provided to this patient population. She is the recipient of the Roy and Vi Baay Chair in Kidney Research, has over 475 peer-reviewed publications, and has received numerous awards and recognitions including Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She is also the Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, for Alberta Health Services.

Dwight Sparkes 


Patient experience

Dwight Sparkes lives in St John’s and works as a Senior Application Analyst with Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Health Information. In 2014, Dwight was diagnosed with chronic tubulo-interstitial nephritis, caused by drug interaction while undergoing treatment for his vasculitis. Today Dwight’s vasculitis is in remission but lives with the effects of Chronic Kidney Disease every day. Dwight joined Can-SOLVE CKD as patient partner in 2017 as way to give back and hopefully be able to contribute to improving the lives of people living with CKD. Currently Dwight is a patient partner on 4 research projects, a member of the Curriculum and Membership Committee, patient co-chair of the CNTN Capacity Building Committee, and sits on the CNTN Executive Committee.


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The Kidney Foundation of Canada, would like to thank our sponsors for providing unrestricted educational grants to make this webinar possible: