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cjasn_KHI_toward_patient_centered_innovation.PNG The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new urgency to the need for alternatives to in center dialysis for people with kidney failure. Historically, integrating patient preferences into device development has been limited. Developments in the kidney community in recent years, including the KidneyX and the Advancing American Kidney Health initiative, have accelerated development of transformative devices for kidney replacement therapy.

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On Thursday, October 25, during ASN Kidney Week 2018, the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) announced the release of its signature project the “Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy” . This project, in development for two years, aims to bring new investment, interest, and innovation into the renal replacement therapy (RRT) field.

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Session on Collaborating for Innovation to Support KidneyX

Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began the second day by sharing HHS’s priorities for kidney care. First, to increase efforts at preventing, detecting, and slowing the progression of kidney diseases. Second, to provide more treatment options to people with kidney failure. Third, to increase the number of transplantable organs and develop wearable and artificial kidneys.

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The growing number of clinical trials the kidney community has enjoyed over the past few years is endangered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns over the safety of trial participants and investigators are paramount and are leading to rapid changes in the conduct of clinical trials.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released “Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic” , updated March 27, to provide clarity to the clinical trial community. Considering this guidance and after soliciting reactions from the clinical trial community, the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) hosted a webinar on March 31 titled “Identifying Best Practices for Conducting Clinical Trials with the New FDA Guidance During the COVID”.

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ttp _thumb_0.pngThe American Society Nephrology (ASN) is pleased to announce that Raymond C. Harris, MD, FASN , has been selected as the incoming ASN Co-Chair for the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI). Dr. Harris will serve a three-year term, starting in January 2019.  Dr. Harris will succeed Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, FASN, who has served six years as KHI’s founding co-chair.

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While dialysis is a life-saving therapy for patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD), a variety of symptoms occur following treatment that significantly diminishes the quality of life of people living with kidney disease. A 2009 study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) reported that patients on maintenance dialysis experience 11 unique symptoms. Patients have identified the need to alleviate these symptoms as a key research area, prioritizing it above other health outcomes. Alleviation of these symptoms could result in increased quality of life and better patient-reported outcome measures. Despite the patient demand for new therapies to address these symptoms, no drug or device has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to date.