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    • 27 October 2021

      NCCR scientist co-discovers gene variant linked to dialysis complications

      Many patients with kidney failure rely on peritoneal dialysis, a treatment which can be done at home with only minimal medical and technical support. While this treatment option is generally safe, some patients are at a higher risk for complications, including death.

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    • 7 September 2021

      NCCR says “Hello, Kidney!” at Scientifica 2021

      The NCCR was pleased to participate in this year’s Scientifica event, which was held at campuses across Zurich on September 4-5, under the theme “Synthetic, Naturally”.

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    • 18 June 2021

      Thank you for joining us at the 10th International Kidney.CH Symposium!

      Our 10th virtual Symposium, on "The Kidney and Nutrition", took place on Friday, June 18 2021.

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    • 8 March 2021

      Meet the #NCCR Women!

      To celebrate the 50th anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote in Switzerland, the 22 active NCCRs have joined forces in a campaign showing how in these 50 years women have come to occupy a central place in research in almost all scientific fields.

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    • 16 December 2020

      NCCR-sponsored IPAHK+ trial gets "POSH"

      An elegant new sub-study examines the effects of potassium supplementation on blood pressure in patients with hypokalemia.

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27 October 2021

NCCR scientist co-discovers gene variant linked to dialysis complications

Many patients with kidney failure rely on peritoneal dialysis, a treatment which can be done at home with only minimal medical and technical support. While this treatment option is generally safe, some patients are at a higher risk for complications, including death.

Now, an international research team led by the University of Zurich has uncovered a major genetic risk factor. According to their study, a common variant of the AQP1 gene (also called Aquaporin-1, a gene which codes for water channels), results in fewer water channels in cell membranes, leading to a higher risk of death in dialysis patients.

NCCR scientist Olivier Devuyst coordinated the study, which followed 1,851 patients for several years. "The identification of this common genetic factor regulating the expression of Aquaporin-1, which is associated with a higher risk of death and technique failure, provides a big step for precision medicine in dialysis", says Devuyst. "The gene variant is driving the outcome of peritoneal dialysis and the choice of treatment modalities, which is very important for the care and outcome of patients with kidney failure," he adds.

Read more about these exciting findings here: https://www.media.uzh.ch/en/Press-Releases/2021/Dialysis-patients.html

The original publication can be found here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34670044/