Research is the beginning of all scientific advances. It opens the door to a better future for patients living with kidney disease, and for their families.
Research has led to the development and perfection of dialysis treatment. It has made transplantation the treatment of choice for an increasing number of patients, and has led to the development of the anti-rejection drugs
that have made kidney transplants so successful. All of these advances as well as countless others would never have been made were it not for thousands of hours and millions of dollars first being spent on basic and clinical medical
The Kidney Foundation of Canada was established in 1964 by a group of people committed to addressing the lack of research being conducted into kidney-related diseases. Some of the finest researchers in the world are in Canada and they depend on the Foundation to fund their important work. Today, the Foundation's National Research Program has grown to become one of the most important sources of funding for scientists conducting kidney-related research.
For the 2011-2012 competition year (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012), that commitment translates into 57 research projects being funded at 28 centres totaling over $2.75 million. Since its inception, The Kidney Foundation has contributed close to $100 million to various research programs nationwide, and this figure continues to grow each year.