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The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) "Kidney.CH – Kidney Control of Homeostasis", is the world’s first research network to explore physiological processes in healthy and diseased kidneys across a broad thematic spectrum.
The long-term objective of our national research network is to advance knowledge and understanding of the renal homeostatic mechanisms controlling body composition in health and disease. Knowledge and technology transfer as well as the education of the next generation of scientists and promotion of women are essential features and give this long-term research project strategic importance.

Figure: The NCCR Kideny.CH is promoted by the Swiss government and conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 3 phases.

During its first funding period (2010-2014), Kidney.CH created a strong community of researchers involving departments and nephrology clinics at all Swiss universities with medical faculties. To support kidney-related research, novel reference centres and technical platforms were established. Furthermore, a new Clinical Study Group has been created to coordinate and organize joint human and clinical research projects together with Swiss nephrology centres.

The 2nd NCCR funding period (2014-2018) builds on the experience and the scientific and structural achievements of the first period. The current research projects focus on oxygen sensing, on the impact of nutrients on kidney function, on sensors and signals for potassium and phosphate control and on the relationship between kidney function, biominiralization and kidney stone formation. The translation of our strong basic research to the benefit of patients with kidney disease is of central importance for our network. One concrete step towards such translation is the launch of the Swiss Kidney Stone Cohort (SKSC) that was prepared during the first period of this NCCR. As the first multi-centric long-term project of the NCCR Kidney.CH it involves all five Swiss academic hospital centres and is planned to become one of the world’s biggest and best cohort for kidney stone patients.

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8th International Kidney.CH Symposium: Systems Biology & Precision Medicine

Sept 6, 2018
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