Kidney Health Initiative Announces Pioneer Members and Two New Projects

ASN partnered with the Food and Drug Administration in September 2012 to form the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), which aims to work with organizations in the kidney health arena to foster innovation and ensure patient safety.

KHI is now pleased to announce the initiative’s 65 Pioneer Members. This category of membership (Pioneer) was established to highlight the initial support of patient groups, professional organizations, industry partners, and research institutions based on their enrollment by December 31, 2013.

As a member-driven initiative, KHI will use its resources to develop and implement projects that are submitted by KHI members. During the first project submission cycle in September 2013, nine project proposals were suggested by the membership. From these initial submissions, two new projects were endorsed by the KHI Board of Directors. Several other projects and ideas are at different stages of development in the pipeline and KHI expects a steady stream of projects that will have an impact on kidney disease. All KHI projects will be implemented by volunteer workgroups and a call for each workgroup is announced on the KHI website.

The KHI Board of Directors is pleased to announce the next two KHI projects:

Workshop to Elucidate Role of Patient Preferences in Support of Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Regulatory Actions in Kidney Disease

Clinical Trial Endpoints in Dialysis Vascular Access

To learn more about these projects, visit KHI online at www.kidneyhealthinitiative.org.

KHI will continue to gather ideas for projects via an online web portal with two submission cycles planned for 2014 (spring and fall). The portal provides KHI members with an opportunity to submit brief project proposals and also to discuss and refine submissions through this online forum. ASN members may submit project ideas for KHI by contacting the appropriate ASN Advisory Group.

Learn more about KHI or enroll as a member by contacting KHI staff khi@asn-online.org.

March 2014 (Vol. 6, Number 3)