Go directly to the Kidney Research National Dialogue IdeaScale Website An interactive web-based dialogue to address the significant problem of kidney disease through the identification of critically important questions or objectives and research strategies to address them. The results will be used to prepare a Blueprint for Kidney Research that clearly articulates future opportunities to be implemented by the entire research community.
Overview and Timeline
Kidney disease is a significant medical and public health problem in the United States. To best position the research community to identify the most robust paths forward, we are initiating the Kidney Research National Dialogue (KRND) , an interactive web-based dialogue.
The Kidney Research National Dialogue seeks to identify important research questions or objectives, which if answered, would improve our understanding of kidney function, and aid in the prevention, treatment, and even reversal of kidney disease. Participants in the dialogue can post new research questions/objectives, discuss existing questions, and anonymously vote for up to 20 research questions/objectives.
This dialogue will occur in three sequential phases:
• PHASE I (November 2010 – March 2011) Participants will be asked to identify, discuss, and prioritize critically important research questions or objectives . The questions and objectives should be compelling, and if answered, should significantly advance our understanding of kidney development and normal function, and aid in the identification, prevention, care, and management of persons with kidney disease. At the end of PHASE I, the converging questions and objectives will be consolidated and summarized and will be posted for discussion during PHASE II.
• PHASE II (March 2011 – January 2012) Participants will be asked to focus on the converging research questions/objectives and develop research strategies necessary to answer these questions. All types of basic, translational, and clinical research should be considered. In some cases, fundamental groundwork may be needed before a larger question or objective can be approached. Thus, research strategies might include catalytic steps that surmount current barriers to progress.
• PHASE III (To be determined) The results of PHASE II will be reviewed and collated to create a Blueprint for Kidney Research . This document should clearly articulate the critically important opportunities in kidney research to be implemented by the entire community. Participants will be asked to comment on the draft document before the final version is posted on the NIDDK website.
How to Participate The dialogue will be conducted via an interactive web-based system that allows the posting, interactive discussion, cross-topic tagging, and relative voting of Research Questions and Strategies. No face-to-face meetings are planned and no travel will be required. If you have questions please let us know at KRND@nih.gov. Who Can Participate The Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases (KUH) of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is coordinating this effort in collaboration with professional societies, including the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Renal Physicians Association (RPA), and the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Foundation. All interested researchers, clinicians and patients are welcome to join the dialogue. Please contact us at KRND@nih.gov or register at http://krnd.ideascale.com. How to Vote The KRND website allows you prioritize ideas using poker chips to vote. Participants are allocated 20 votes or chips. You can then allocate your chips to ideas that you feel are most important. The number you see in the Vote area of an Idea is the sum total of all poker chip votes from all participants. Poker chip style voting is only positive (i.e. a negative vote count is impossible). Full details about voting and chips can be found at http://support.ideascale.com/faqs/communities/communities-voting.
What are Tags
Along with placing an idea or comment into a general category or topic area, the KRND website also allows you to add specific tags. For example, an idea or comment under the general topic area of CKD may also be tagged with more specific descriptors like “animal models” and “fibrosis”. The website includes a sidebar listing all of the tags in use on the site, with each tag leading to an index page.
Ground Rules The KRND website will be moderated to retain focus on topics related to kidney health and disease and to ensure that the discussion remains open, productive, and respectful. Accordingly, we ask all participants to agree to the following Ground Rules: 1. Openly share ideas for new research questions, objectives, and strategies.
2. Show respect for other people’s ideas, keep an open mind, and use appropriate language.
3. Keep the discussions on track; be brief and to the point.Moderators are charged with keeping this a constructive and productive site to share ideas and reserve the right to close conversations that are counterproductive to the goal of KRND and/or to block members who violate these Ground Rules.
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