Taking part in the 9th Annual Kidney Health Advocacy Day, advocates from the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and ASN are urging their congressional delegations to increase funding for kidney research at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to drive new breakthroughs for kidney patients and study the impact of COVID-19 on kidney health and people with kidney diseases.
Advocates from the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and ASN are calling on Congress to include funding for KidneyX in its annual government funding legislation and advance innovative technologies for kidney patients, such as a wearable or implantable artificial kidney.
When a novel coronavirus emerged in late 2019, everyone risked infection, but kidney patients found themselves especially vulnerable. People with kidney disease have compromised immune systems and the vast majority of these individuals—roughly half a million people—must visit dialysis centers several times a week, exposing themselves to contact with staff and other patients when they should ideally be isolated at home.
The winners of the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge, funded by the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), were announced by Deputy Secretary of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, on Thursday March 26 during NKF’s live-virtual 2020 Spring Clinical Meeting.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, a panel of leaders in the kidney innovation community highlighted accomplishments made by KidneyX at a congressional briefing in Washington, DC, and called on Congress to support KidneyX.
The briefing, titled KidneyX: Accelerating the Future of Kidney Care, featured a panel of speakers representing the Department of Health and Human Services, the KidneyX steering committee, venture capital, kidney patients, and KidneyX prize winners.
Announced late on Monday, December, 16, KidneyX received $5 million in the compromise government spending package proposed. The first-time funding for KidneyX for Fiscal Year 2020 is included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill.
Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) launched the second phase of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis, a prize competition that seeks to transform kidney care. Redesign Dialysis is part of a series of KidneyX prize competitions to catalyze the development of innovative solutions that can prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney diseases.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Technology Officer and ASN announced a diverse group of experts for the new KidneyX Innovation Accelerator steering committee, which will play a critical role in recommending a five-year strategic plan for the initiative, as well as providing guidance for all KidneyX activities and outreach. This work includes recommendations for prioritizing the areas of greatest unmet scientific need and fundraising to support future KidneyX prize competitions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a contract to a KidneyX award winner to provide hemodialysis systems in communities hit by natural disasters. The HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has stated it will be prepared to use the systems by the end of this year. The contract was awarded on October 3, 2019, to Outset Medical, one of the winners of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Competition.
On Wednesday, May 8, the House Appropriations Committee voted to send the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill to the House floor for consideration. The bill and accompanying committee report provides a total of $189.9 billion in funding, a nearly $12 billion increase over FY 19 enacted levels, and includes a number of priorities of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).