American Society of Nephrology and American Association of Kidney Patients Call on Congress to Increase Funding for Kidney Innovation and Veterans with Kidney Diseases

The prevalence of kidney diseases in the United States is at a record high. Today, more than 50 advocates from ASN and AAKP, representing people with kidney diseases and the health care professionals who serve them, will meet with their members of Congress and call for a $25 million investment in kidney innovation at KidneyX and support of veteran active duty service members living with or at risk of kidney diseases through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) Kidney Health Program and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).

KidneyX Launches New Artificial Kidney Prize with $10.5 Million in Funding

Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced a new prize competition from the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) that seeks to further the development of a fully functional bioartificial kidney.

Advocates from ASN Urges Congress to Change the Status Quo in Kidney Health

• More than 37 million Americans live with kidney diseases.
• 800,000 Americans have kidney failure, a condition for which there is no cure.
• Kidney diseases disproportionately affect communities of color.
• COVID-19, especially deadly for people with kidney diseases, has highlighted the urgent need for change