New kidney research initiatives unveiled at Capitol Hill summit

October 2, 2018

Published by Nephrology News & Issues

A recent gathering of health care agencies and kidney care advocacy groups on Capitol Hill helped to launch some new initiatives for improving kidney care in the future.

The Congressional Kidney Care Caucus, a group of legislators who have an interest in kidney care issues, hosted the event in cooperation with Kidney Care Partners (KCP), the American Society of Nephrology, the Renal Physicians Association, and the American Association of Kidney Patients. The program included the announcement that HHS and the American Society of Nephrology would commit $2,625,000 in prize money for “KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis,” a prize competition that challenges the public to develop better treatment options for patients with kidney failure.

“This is the kidney community’s ‘moon shot,’” said KCP chair Allen Nissenson, MD, during the program. “Our community and the 40 million Americans who are living with kidney disease are long overdue for new ways to tackle this disease, and we are pleased with the momentum we’re seeing on several important fronts, including the exciting progress with KidneyX at HHS.”

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