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Current opportunities



Walking and Health in Adults with a Kidney Transplant

Researchers at Athabasca University want to learn about the health outcomes associated with walking behaviour in adult kidney transplant recipients.

Study participants must be over the age of 18, have a functioning kidney transplant, be able to walk without assistance (cane, walker, wheelchair), and be able to read and understand English. Participants will be asked to wear a pedometer for three days and record their number of steps, then complete and return a survey (postage paid).

Download this document for more information or contact Ms. Josée Raymond at 249-878-0088 or via email at jz_raymond@laurentian.ca.



Clinical Trial Studying New Non-surgical Vascular Access Method for Hemodialysis

The Novel Endovascular Access Trial (NEAT) is evaluating the safety and efficacy of the FLEX endoAVF System from TVA Medical, a device that creates an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in a percutaneous procedure, without general anesthesia or surgery. In the procedure, two thin, flexible magnetic catheters are inserted in an artery and vein in the arm. A small burst of radiofrequency energy is used to connect the artery and vein to create the fistula, and the catheters are removed. The procedure is designed to enable patients to use their AVF for hemodialysis within one to two months.

Five hospitals in Canada are enrolling up to 70 patients in total who will be followed for 12 months in the NEAT clinical trial. The centers include St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver; Montreal University Health Centre (CHUM) in Montreal; Toronto General Hospital in Toronto; Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ontario; and Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario. NEAT study participants must be willing to travel to one of the trial sites on a monthly basis for one year for hemodialysis and follow-up appointments.

Patients with end-stage (stage IV or V) renal disease interested to enroll in this trial should read this Patient FAQ and talk to their nephrologist before contacting the participating hospital in their region.


 

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