MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (11/03/2022)The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a 5-year, $2.5 million grant to the University of Minnesota to fund the Minnesota Precision Medicine CKD & Resilient Diabetes Recruiting Site: Engagement, Enrollment & Ethics — also known as Minn-KPMP. Minn-KPMP will be a recruitment site for the Kidney Precision Medicine Project (KPMP) — a coalition of leading research teams using precision medicine to understand and find new ways to treat chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury .

“We are thrilled to be part of this NIH-led effort to greatly enhance our understanding of chronic kidney disease related to diabetes and hypertension and contribute to finding new ways of halting it,” said Patrick Nachman, MD, director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

Diabetes and hypertension are the main causes of CKD in the United States and many other countries. Minn-KPMP will recruit patients with diabetes and/or hypertension who have CKD, and will also include patients who have long-term diabetes and no CKD. Minn-KPMP will engage a diverse participant population using community-based participatory research methods because underserved and underrepresented populations are disproportionately affected by CKD, 

“The overarching goal of the Kidney Precision Medicine Project is to identify the right patient, for the right therapy, at the right time,” said Luiza Caramori, MD, MSc, PhD, adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and an endocrinologist at the Cleveland Clinic.  

The research team will collaborate with a community advisory board of local community members with lived experience with CKD or a loved one with CKD.  The board will guide Minn-KPMP on inclusive recruitment and ethical issues including research-directed kidney biopsies, return of results, genetic testing and biobank governance. The research team is engaging community members from the start in order to co-design the recruitment process and how the team will disseminate results — an important next step in CKD research. A national Ethics Advisory Board has also been recruited to collaborate across the KPMP consortium of sites to ensure ethical approaches to recruitment, consent and return of results to participants.  

Minn-KPMP is led by Drs. Caramori and Nachman. Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LFMT, professor and a vice chair for research at the U of M Medical School, and Susan M. Wolf, JD, professor of law and medicine at the U of M Law School and Medical School and chair of the University’s Consortium on Law and Values, will lead research on community engagement and ethical issues raised by KPMP. Their team will work with a community advisory board and an ethics advisory board to study the ethical implications of KPMP research. 

The research team includes faculty from multiple departments across the Medical School, project managers and clinical research coordinators, and two patient representatives.

Funding is provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease and the National Institutes of Health —award number 1U01DK133097-01.

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