Clinical nephrology research in low-resource settings: opportunities, priorities, and challenges for young investigators

Clin Nephrol. 2016 Supplement 1;86 (2016)(13):8-13. doi: 10.5414/CNP86S110.


The increased recognition of the growing, worldwide burden of kidney disease has led to calls for prioritizing nephrology research in a global context. However, many challenges exist for young investigators interested in studying kidney disease in low-resource global settings. A lack of clear research priorities, limited funding options, poor infrastructure, difficulty forming partnerships, and unestablished paths for career advancement are a few examples. To discuss these issues, we held a moderated panel discussion in March 2015 as part of the 10<sup>th</sup> Conference on Kidney Disease in Disadvantaged Populations in Cape Town, South Africa. A group of senior investigators discussed research priorities for studying kidney disease in a global context, collaborations for clinical research, and strategies for dealing with the unique challenges faced by young investigators working in this field.

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Developing Countries*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis
  • Kidney Diseases / epidemiology
  • Kidney Diseases / therapy
  • Nephrology / organization & administration*
  • Research / organization & administration*
  • South Africa