The GKC research improves the health outcomes of patients with kidney disease by developing screening programmes and lifestyle and pharmacotherapeutic interventions
Lifestyle factors contributing to accelerated ageing, such as nutrition, obesity, lack of physical activity, and environmental toxins, decrease the quality of life and reduce the life expectancy of patients with kidney disease. The GKC longitudinal, lifelong approach enables the researchers to generate data, resources, and concepts that promote therapeutic interventions. These improve the health outcomes, life expectancy, and quality of life of patients with chronic kidney disease and, therefore, contribute to healthy ageing.
The multidepartmental collaboration with the Division of Nephrology and the departments of Pathology and Medical Biology and Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology enables our researchers to develop innovative translational research approaches. Because the GKC researchers have access to the rich scientific resources available in the clinic and the research facilities, they are able to provide more insight into loss of kidney function and into effective treatment and prevention strategies. The efforts include:
- The completion of a large international clinical trial demonstrating that dapagliflozin, a sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitor, reduces the risk of kidney and heart failure and prolongs survival in patients with chronic kidney disease;
- The completion of various studies based on which the first-ever treatment for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease has received marketing authorization;
- The collaboration with drug registration agencies to improve clinical trial designs in the field of nephrology (FDA/EMA collaborations with National and International Kidney Foundations);
- The foundation of the European Renal Association COVID-19 Database (ERACODA), a European consortium to study the clinical impact of COVID-19 on dialysis or kidney transplant patients. The results of this study received nationwide attention when the Dutch Kidney Foundation referred to them when raising money for COVID-19 research;
- Efficacy and safety assessments of COVID-19 vaccines in patients with severe kidney disease.