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ICES-Institute for clinical evaluative sciences

Kidney, Dialysis & Transplantation Research Program

Program Lead: Amit Garg
Program Associate Lead: Joseph Kim
Program Coordinator: KDTadmin@ices.on.ca

We believe new high-quality information and its application will help prevent kidney disease and its complications, improve the lives of those receiving dialysis and solid organ transplants, and result in a better sustainable healthcare system.

Knowledge Objectives
  • Analyze Ontario population-based health care databases for new, reliable, and generalizable health knowledge. Activities are organized in thematic groups.
  •  Use the new information to guide better patient care in Ontario. This includes evaluating the impact of the new knowledge on practice, policy and patient outcomes.
Operational Objectives
  • Have a strong academic focus, meeting internationally accepted standards of methodological excellence in areas of clinical, population health and health services research. Contribute significantly to the international body of health knowledge.
  • Foster productive long-term collaborations in and between the research community, health care providers and kidney, dialysis and transplantation policy makers.
  • Develop strategic directions and priorities for use of Ontario health care databases for kidney, dialysis and transplantation research.
  • Be efficient and financially sustainable, employing dedicated, experienced staff who efficiently and collaboratively meet the program objectives of new knowledge creation and dissemination.
  • Increase the number of individuals in Ontario who can successfully execute an ICES project from beginning to completion. Guide trainees (at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate training), and members of the kidney and transplantation community on leading best practices in the analysis of health care databases. Create educational resources, including a comprehensive online archive of successful past kidney and transplantation projects which use the ICES data holdings.

Announcements & Events

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Recent Publications


Collaborations and Partnerships

The ICES Kidney, Dialysis and Transplantation Program fosters productive long-term collaborations with many groups including the public, patients, research community, health care providers, kidney and transplantation policy makers and charity organizations. Two primary ICES KDT knowledge user partners are the Ontario Renal Network and Trillium Gift of Life Network.

The Ontario Renal Network: The Ontario Renal Network (ORN) provides overall leadership and strategic direction to effectively organize and manage the delivery of renal services in Ontario in a consistent and coordinated manner. It consists of a provincial office and 14 regional renal programs and is housed at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO).

Trillium Gift of Life Network: Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is a not-for-profit agency of the Government of Ontario. TGLN plans, promotes, coordinates and supports organ and tissue donation and transplantation across Ontario. Its mission is to save and enhance lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Ontario.


Recent Awards & Recognition

  • American Society of Nephrology Young Investigator Award

    2016: Awarded to Dr. Amit Garg. Every year, the Young Investigator Award is presented to one individual 45 years of age or younger “with an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to the functions and diseases of the kidney.”

  • Data Impact Challenge II Team Award

    2016: Awarded to Team Western, including Dr. Kristin Clemens for the best answer to the question "To what extent does re-prescribing and re-dispensing of culprit drugs contribute to the burden of adverse drug events presenting to Canadian hospitals?" and the Judges Choice Award.

  • US National Kidney Foundation International Distinguished Medal

    2015: Awarded to Dr. Amit Garg. The medal honours the achievement of individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of kidney disease and extended the goals of the National Kidney Foundation. The foundation president presents medals each year to recognize the accomplishments of individuals through their clinical work, roles in academia, scientific discoveries or volunteer work in organizations similar to the foundation.


Trainee Success

July 2014 – The London Kidney Clinical Research Unit celebrates a decade of research training. Located adjacent to ICES Western, the training goals of this research unit are:

  • To foster high-quality training in areas of clinical, health services, population health, knowledge transfer and health policy kidney research.
  • To help trainees at various levels achieve international research excellence (high-impact publications, peer-reviewed grants, podium presentations, awards, research that demonstrably impacts better health, healthcare and policy).

Over 75 trainees (at various stages of training) have achieved research success, and many of these projects used the large healthcare databases held at ICES. See a complete summary of trainee success.

May 1, 2015 – Congratulations to Kyla Naylor who received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship 2015-2018.

April 15, 2015 – Congratulations to Steven Habbous received a Doctoral Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics program at Western University 2015-2017.

April 15, 2015 – Congratulations to Danielle Nash received a Doctoral Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the Health Research Methodology Program at McMaster University 2015-2017.

March 31, 2015 – Congratulations to Sarah Bota received a Master’s Scholarship from the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN) for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics program at Western University 2015-2016.

June 6, 2014 – Congratulations to Vinusha Kalatharan who received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the Epidemiology and Biostatistics program at Western University.

April 30, 2014 – Congratulations to Alvin Li on the successful defense of his PhD thesis proposal “Support for Deceased Organ Donation among Ontarians: Opportunities for Improvement" in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Western University, London.

2014 - 2016 – Congratulations to Dr. Rey Acedillo on his Clinician Investigator Program Fellowship from Western University. His research is in the area of medical informatics where he is developing a surveillance system for hospital-based acute kidney injury.

April 15, 2014 – Congratulations to Alvin Li who received a monetary Doctoral Award from CIHR.

April, 2014 – Congratulations to Kyla Naylor who received a CIHR Allied Health Professional Fellowship award.

2014 – Congratulations to Sonja Gandhi and team. The “Calcium-Channel Blocker–Clarithromycin Drug Interactions and Acute Kidney Injury” JAMA paper made it into the "What's new in Nephrology" section of UpToDate.

2014 - 2016 – Congratulations to Dr. Rey Acedillo on his Clinician Investigator Program Fellowship from Western University.

December 18, 2013 – Congratulations to Sonja Gandhi (PhD student Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Western University) and team on the publication of their manuscript, “Calcium-Channel Blocker–Clarithromycin Drug Interactions and Acute Kidney Injury” to JAMA.

December 18, 2013 – Congratulations to Sonia Thomas on her publications and on the successful defense of her MSc thesis "Risk of kidney stones in living kidney donors: A matched cohort study" in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Western University, London.

October 22, 2013 – Congratulations Kyla Naylor on the successful defense of her PhD thesis proposal “Fracture in Adult Kidney Transplant Recipients" in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Western University, London.

2013 - 2015 – Congratulations to Dr. Amber Molnar on her 2 year KRESCENT Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Molnar’s research projects use the ICES healthcare databases (acute kidney injury post-transplant).

2012 - 2015 – Congratulations to Dr. Ngan Lam on her 3 year KRESCENT / CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Lam’s research projects use the ICES healthcare databases (kidney transplant recipient cardiovascular outcomes).

2012 - 2015 – Congratulations to Dr. Ainslie Hildebrand on her 3 year Clinician Investigator Program Fellowship from Western University. Dr. Hildebrand’s research projects use the ICES healthcare databases (acute kidney injury and plasma exchange in pregnancy; outcomes of thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura).


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