Vancouver doctor co-leads national kidney disease project

A $59-million, five-year national research program into kidney disease announced Thursday will be led from B.C. and Alberta.

Dr. Adeera Levin, head of nephrology at the University of B.C., joins with University of Calgary’s Dr. Braden Manns, a nephrologist and health economist, in overseeing studies that aim to reduce Canada's reliance on kidney dialysis and transplants.

About 10 per cent of Canadians have some sort of kidney disease that costs the health care system more than $50 billion a year, according to a news release for the research program, the largest-ever of its kind in the country.

Erin Ellis reports

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