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The Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training (KRESCENT) program.

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In my 2006 Allied Health Scientific Committee Annual Report, I mentioned the Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training (KRESCENT) program as a potential source of funding for research and education. The KRESCENT program was launched in January 2006 and is an exciting and unique training initiative for professionals doing kidney-related research. It is the outcome of the collaborative efforts of The Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) and the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN). The KRESCENT program is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), private sector stakeholders, professional associations (e.g., Canadian Association of Nephrology Social Workers [CANSW]), and private donors. According to the president of the Canadian Association of Nephrology Nurses and Technologists (CANNT), CANNT will also be supporting the KRESCENT program.

The KRESCENT program is unique because: (a) applications are invited from multiple disciplines, (b) there is a national core curriculum, (c) ongoing mentorship support assists career development at the post-doctoral level and the period following a first faculty appointment, and (d) it promotes the development of collaborative research and knowledge translation across research themes.

Objectives

The KRESCENT program is intended to achieve three main goals:

1. To enhance kidney research capacity by training increased numbers of highly skilled scientists, across multiple disciplines, focused on the prevention of end stage renal disease and improving the health of Canadians with kidney disease.

2. To engage kidney researchers in the development of transdisciplinary kidney research networks.

3. To create sustainable momentum in supporting research careers of kidney scientists (The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 2006).

Types of awards

There are three award categories:

1. New Investigator Awards: Researchers, within the first three years of their first faculty appointment (assistant professor level or equivalent) at the time the award commences, who have an MD and/or PhD. New Investigator Awards must be held at universities in Canada.

2. Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Includes MDs and Post-Doctoral PhDs.

3. Doctoral Scholarship for Allied Health Professionals: Allied Health Professionals (including but not limited to nurses, psychologists, social workers, dialysis technicians, dieticians, physiotherapists, pharmacists and occupational therapists) who are enrolled in PhD courses at a Canadian university (The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 2006).

Past awards

Since the first competition in 2005, a total of 13 Post-Doctoral Fellowships and two New Investigator Awards have been awarded. To date, no awards have been made in the category Doctoral Scholarships for Allied Health Professionals.

Applications

Applications are invited from professionals in all disciplines relevant to kidney disease including biomedical, clinical, health services, and population health disciplines. CANNT strongly encourages Allied Health Professionals to apply for funding through the KRESCENT program.

The 2007 competition deadline was November 1, 2006. The deadline for the 2008 competition will be announced later in 2007. More information can be found on the KRESCENT program webpage: http://kidney.genclik.ca/page.asp?intNodeID=22338), or by contacting:

Program Manager, KRESCENT Program, c/o The Kidney Foundation of Canada, 300-5165 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H4A 1T6

Tel.: (514) 369-4806 ext. 225

Fax: (514) 369-2472

E-mail: wim.wolfs@kidney.ca

References

The Kidney Foundation of Canada. (2005). KRESCENT: Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training Program. Retrieved January 9, 2007, from http://kidney.genclik.ca/page.asp?intNodeID=22339

The Kidney Foundation of Canada. (2006). The Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training Program 2007 Competition Guidelines. Retrieved January 9, 2007, from http://www.kidney.ca/files/Kidney/aGuidelines_2007_KRESCENT_Eng_version_Final.pdf

By Eleanor F. Ravenscroft, RN, MSN, CNeph(C), PhD Candidate, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, CANNT representative to The Kidney Foundation of Canada Allied Health Scientific Committee
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