Doctor Harry Holthöfer, M.D., Ph.D, at the University of Helsinki, Finland, coordinates a new EU-funded project, which aims to develop new diagnostic approaches for early identification of patients at high risk of rapid loss of kidney function. The project links together researchers from Finland, the Netherlands and Switzerland and four SMEs from Finland, the Netherlands and Italy. The EU has granted 4.4 million euro funding for this project.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an increasing health threat in Europe. Presently already 12 % of population suffers from some degree of CKD. The most immediate challenge is to better understand the connection between CKD, diabetes and cardiovascular risks. The risk of sudden death in cardiovascular causes is 2-4 times higher in diabetics while diabetics with kidney damage increases this risk up to 100 times of that of the general population. Moreover, more than 70 % of CKD patients die before achieving the specific CKD treatments including dialysis and transplantation.
With current trends of CKD and diabetes increase, specific treatments will further escape the escalating needs. Similarly, management of the cardiovascular consequences of CKD will be untolerable for any health care systems because of cost, loss of active working years and, most importantly, due to individual suffering.
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