The Canadian Glomerulonephritis Registry and Translational Research Initiative (CGNR)
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Glomerulonephritis (GN) is one of the most important causes of kidney failure in Canada. These comprise a group of "rare" diseases (<5 per 250,000 population), yet GN is a leading cause of kidney failure and accounts annually for close to 20% of incident cases of end stage kidney disease (ESKD) in Canada. Prevention of progression to kidney failure is possible, however several barriers and gaps in knowledge challenge our ability to provide patients with individualized effective therapy. These include a lack of sensitive non-invasive tools for monitoring disease activity, prognosis, and response to therapy. A gap in understanding of the core molecular processes underlying the development and progression of GN, and a lack of cohesive networks for evaluation of novel treatment approaches contribute to a lack of targeted and personalized therapies for GN. To address these challenges we will create a national, multi-dimensional platform for application of human-based molecular research and advanced therapeutics in GN.
Condition or disease
To accomplish the goals set out in this project, the CGNR network will recruit and maintain a large cohort of patients 350 with glomerular diseases and follow them prospectively with standardized clinical data and biospecimen collection. The infrastructure and study design presented in this protocol will form the backbone for a broad range of scientific approaches and inquiries, essential to moving the field forward and improving the outcomes of patients affected by these diseases. Successful recruitment of 350 patients from across the country, creating a rich biobank and data repository. Our aims are to identifying patient characteristics associated with glomerular diseases and complications, characterizing disease trajectory under current clinical care, estimating event rates of clinically meaningful outcomes, identify predictors of short and long-term outcomes including therapeutic outcomes. We also aim to identify and characterize clinical, histological, molecular and genetic biomarkers that are linked to glomerular diseases and outcomes that might improve disease classification, and biomarkers that may be employed in clinical practice or in clinical trials that predict disease activity or response to therapy. Furthermore, we propose to study sequence variations, transcriptome profile and their impact on disease presentation and clinical outcome. On the patient level, we will identify patient reported outcomes such as disease burden, physical function and quality of life associated with GN diseases and validate tools to assess impact of disease and therapy on patients. Achievement of our goals will be determined by the success of the research studies that evolve from the biobank, and data repository.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 80 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
- Adult patient who has biopsy proven IgAN or FSGS, MCD, MGN, MPGN with kidney function GFR>=30
diagnosis of IgAN, FSGS, MCD, MGN, MPGN
age 18-80 inclusive
estimated GFR>=30ml/min/1.73m2 estimated using 4 variable MDRD
first kidney biopsy within 12 months of enrollment
connective tissue disease serology is normal/negative ANA, ANCA