2009- present – Altitude Study, sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Goal: to evaluate if addition of Aliskiran (Tekturna) would decrease progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patient with type 2 diabetes.
Inclusion criteria: Patients with Stage 3 CKD, well controlled type 2 diabetes with proteinuria and well controlled blood pressure.
2012- 2015 – Polycystic Kidney disease (ADPKD) quality of life study, sponsored by Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
Goal: to evaluate the quality of life for patients with ADPKD throughout a 3 year study. MRIs of the kidneys will be done to evaluate if the size of kidney cysts decrease quality of life – no medication.
Inclusion criteria: Any stage of CKD with enlarged kidneys due to ADPKD, no medication changes.
2013- 2014 – Access study – study to evaluate bio-equivalent generic epogen to epogen in patients on dialysis, sponsored by Sandoz pharmaceuticals.
Goal: to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of generic epogen administered subcutaneously.
Inclusion criteria: on dialysis for over 6 months, requiring epogen, attend dialysis regularly and have had no recent gastro-intestinal bleeding or history of thrombus (i.e. blood clot) or history of lupus.