Funding boost builds capacity for kidney research through expanded education and training – Folio

March 31, 2022

Increasing the number of well-trained researchers will help address rising rates and health-care costs of kidney disease in Canada.

Not many people think about the cost of kidney disease, says a University of Alberta researcher. But the toll on Canadians is high.

Kidney disease will affect one in 10 Canadians during their lifetime and costs the health-care system more than $40 billion each year. The number of people living with end-stage kidney disease, which has no current cure, has grown by 35 per cent since 2009. “It’s very underappreciated, the significance and burden of the disease,” said researcher Todd Alexander.

It’s also an incredibly complex disease. Race, sex and gender-based variables all play a role, yet aren’t adequately considered in research. To improve the odds for Canadians with kidney disease, we need more well-trained, top-tier kidney researchers.

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