Collaboration and growing intellectual capital

CDIC is an incubator for local, provincial, and international collaboration. We are ideally situated in an innovative community and specialty hospital, where we work with health care providers to design and trial improved processes and treatments directly with patients and front-line healthcare providers. We actively collaborate with established and early-career researchers from other faculties and universities, as well as mentor students and graduate researchers to become the medical scientists of the future.


Mayo Clinic

An ongoing CDIC collaboration with health services researchers at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will implement validated risk scores directly into clinical practice, helping to empower patients to truly engage in shared decision-making about their treatment options.

The research program at Mayo Clinic has an impressive background in designing clinical decision aids. Led by Dr. Nilay Shah and Dr. Bjorg Thorsteinsdottir, Mayo Clinic has conducted large national trials evaluating their efficacy in changing patient care. Their process involves the implementation of alternative models of chronic disease care delivery and shared decision-making.

Our collaboration works to ensure that patient care is matched to patient values, thus improving the delivery of care, and clinical outcomes.


Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease Network

Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease (Can-SOLVE CKD) Network is one of five chronic disease networks funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

Can-SOLVE CKD Network is a pan-Canadian network of patients, researchers, health care providers, and policy-makers working to transform the treatment and care for Canadians living with, or who are at risk for, chronic kidney disease, through work in 18 research-centered research projects.

Three of the 18 projects are led by CDIC investigators, including:


First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba

The First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) is an organization that works with 63 First Nations communities and seven tribal councils, and is pursuing a unified health system in Manitoba. Created in 2014, FNHSSM focuses on health and social development that is “culturally appropriate, community based, and holistic.”

CDIC works closely with partners at the FNHSSM to address some of the challenges that Indigenous communities face in terms of access to appropriate health care services, given the high burden of chronic kidney disease among Indigenous people.

Our kidney screening project uses point-of-care testing equipment and mobile health care teams to screen for hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease in Indigenous communities across Manitoba.


Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM)

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc is a First Nations Health entity supporting health services in Manitoba’s Northern First Nations Community; focused on providing services that align with the priorities of First Nations people.

CDICs partnership with KIM includes establishing a set of kidney and diabetes screening initiatives for First Nations people under KIMs jurisdiction.