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Joint support for more research into hydration and kidney health

We raise awareness about drinking plenty of water to keep our kidneys in shape. However, hydration and kidney health is an important research area that needs more support worldwide.

A collaboration between ISN and Danone Nutricia Research, the Hydration for Kidney Health (H4KH) research initiative sets out to expand new data sources. By engaging new researchers on the topic and developing further trans-disciplinary research, it hopes to create long-lasting support for researchers.

“Some five years ago, hydration was rather a new research field and the link between hydration and long-term kidney health was hardly supported by any evidence. What brought us together with the ISN was our conviction on the need to foster the prevention of kidney disease by encouraging a healthy lifestyle, including hydration and drinking water,” says Laurent Le Bellego, Head of Hydration and Health Affairs at Danone Nutricia Research.

ISN Clinical Research Program Chair Marcello Tonelli adds to this belief that working together is the best way forward: “There is real potential for these projects to create new knowledge and to build capacity in this understudied area.”

Candidates from all disciplines relevant to kidney disease (clinical, health services and population health disciplines) can apply for two research grants:

1 New investigator ($70,000 US over two years);
2 Hydration and Kidney Health grants ($50,000 US over two years). This will help new and established researchers gain new skills in clinical research and statistical analysis. They can also begin work on research projects related to hydration for kidney health at the Kidney Clinical Research Unit in London, Ontario (Canada).

“Studying the effects of hydration on kidney health is innovative and exciting. If the effects of hydration are positive it will generate a demand to ensure access to clean water globally. That makes a difference for the world,” says H4KH Chair Louise Moist.

Final applications will be accepted until November 30, 2015. Awards will be announced on February 1, 2016. To find out if you are eligible and how to apply, click here.

For further information about hydration, click here.

H4KH is supported by a grant from Danone Nutricia Research

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