Chronic Kidney Disease is characterized by some of the most dramatic disparities by means of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. The CDU/RAND/UCLA CCHD-CKD is addressing this crisis by conducting CKD research. By translating this basic biomedical research into evidence-based clinical outcomes, researchers can discover results in the lab that translate new and improved ways for physicians to treat their patients. Researches are also developing CKD-related health care delivery and health care policy principles that ensure the inclusion of disadvantaged populations in evidenced-based CKD related healthcare, which translates to better care for everyone.
Together, CDU and UCLA are uniquely poised to lead this comprehensive center. Several key CDU and UCLA faculty are members of established national and international committees that address health disparities in general, and CKD in particular. This pool of highly regarded leaders supplies a wealth of knowledge and established relationships vital to progress in this area. As a team, this group of researchers can:
- Effectively facilitate recruitment of key faculty and staff.
- Efficiently provide excellent training for up and coming researchers.
- Expertly support and mentor innovative trials in basic, clinical and translational research
- Expeditiously develop and evaluate culturally sensitive interventions for disease prevention
- Innovatively improve the healthcare delivery system.
- Judiciously play leadership roles in developing health policy around CKD and other related risk factors.