Patient-Centered Mission: KPMP Spotlight in NIDDK Director's Update

April 24, 2024

We're excited to share that the Kidney Precision Medicine Project (KPMP) has been prominently featured in the latest NIDDK Director's Update, spotlighting the project's groundbreaking contributions to kidney disease research. Authored by Steven Winter, the update underscores the pivotal role of patient engagement in advancing precision medicine initiatives.

One of the key highlights of the update is KPMP's creation of the most comprehensive "human kidney cell atlas" to date. This milestone achievement enables researchers to explore the cellular and molecular intricacies of both healthy and diseased kidney tissue, laying a solid foundation for the development of personalized treatments — a crucial aspect of NIDDK's strategic research goals.

Moreover, the update emphasizes the integral role of patients in driving research forward. Through their voluntary donation of kidney tissue samples, patients have played a central role in fueling discoveries that hold the potential to transform the landscape of kidney disease treatment.

The KPMP's commitment to patient-centered research is evident in its active engagement of patients, such as Emanuel Holley, as equal partners throughout the research process. By incorporating the perspectives and insights of "patient partners" like Christy Stutzke, the project ensures that research remains grounded in the lived experiences of those affected by kidney disease.

We encourage you to read the full NIDDK Director's Update here to delve deeper into KPMP's pioneering efforts and the transformative impact of patient-centered research in the fight against kidney disease. Together, we're forging a path towards a future where precision medicine revolutionizes the way we treat kidney disease.