The Division of Nephrology is engaged in several research initiatives into kidney injury and disease.
The Division of Nephrology is engaged in a number of important translational research initiatives, including the epidemiology and long term outcomes of acute kidney injury in children and infants, the mechanisms of kidney injury and the outcome of babies born with congenital kidney disease, the mechanisms of scarring in progressive kidney disease, the role of hypertension in the progression of chronic kidney disease in children, the importance of medication adherence to outcomes in kidney transplantation in teens, and the development of non invasive markers of rejection in kidney transplant patients.
In that regard, members of the Division are local, national, and international leaders in their areas of research and are actively engaged in multicenter collaborative efforts including neonatal and pediatric intensive care consortia for the study of acute kidney injury (AWARE, AWAKEN), national and international collaborations in the development of best practices for a number pediatric kidney diseases including glomerulonephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and hypertension (CKiD, STOPP, KDIGO), the development and identification of biomarkers in childhood cancer (ABLE) and kidney transplantation (PROBE), and national collaborations in transplantation research programs including the Canadian National Transplant Research Program, TAKE-IT, and PROBE.
In support of their research, Division members have received operating grants and financial support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the National Institutes of Health, the Dean of Medicine and Establishment Awards, the Children’s Hospital Foundation Telethon, the Clinic Research Capacity Building Award from BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, as well as training grants from the National Science and Engineering Research Council and summer studentship awards from BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. The Division continues to provide elective and research training to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Our mission is to deliver state of the art care by defining clinical benchmarks and developing evidence-based clinical pathways and to foster translational research through multicenter collaboration and integrating research into clinical care.