The RENAAL Study is a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the renal protective effects of losartan in Type 2 diabetic patients with nephropathy. The study has enrolled 1513 patients and is expected to continue for 3.5 years after the last patient has been entered. Eligible patients must have a urinary albumin:creatinine ratio of at least 300 mg/g and serum creatinine between 1.3 to 3.0 mg/dL. Eligible hypertensive or normotensive patients are randomised to receive either losartan or placebo, in addition to their existing antihypertensive therapy. Medications that block angiotensin production or action, are excluded. The primary endpoint is a composite of the time to first event of doubling of serum creatinine, end-stage renal disease, or death; secondary endpoints include cardiovascular events, progression of renal disease, and changes in proteinuria; tertiary endpoints include quality of life, healthcare resource utilisation, and amputations. Patients include Caucasians (48.6%), Blacks (15.2%), Asians (16.7%), and Hispanics (18.2%). Baseline urinary albumin:creatinine ratio and serum creatinine levels average 1867 mg/g and 1.9 mg/dL, respectively. Mean systolic and diastolic blood pressures are 153 and 82 mmHg, respectively. RENAAL will document whether blockade of the AII receptor with losartan produces clinical benefits in patients with Type 2 diabetes and nephropathy.