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Our Mission

Enhancing kidney health, advancing collaborative care, and empowering communities through ethnoculturally competent and patient-centered outcomes research
The Kidney Health Education and Research Group (KHERG) is a group of healthcare professionals and researchers in the Multi-organ Transplant Program and Centre for Mental Health at the University Health Network and University of Toronto. We are committed to helping patients with chronic kidney disease, their families, and clinicians through innovative, patient centred outcomes research and health education.
Our mission is to facilitate equitable access to living donor kidney transplant, shared decision-making and self-management, understanding of ethnocultural barriers, improved assessment and support of mental health, and a better quality of life and outcomes for people with kidney disease. To do this, we conduct research that identifies psychosocial, behavioral and cultural factors that impact patients’ clinical outcomes and quality of life. We carry out research-based quality improvement projects targeting routine clinical practice. We build partnerships with patients, researchers, clinicians, and community organizations, increasing public awareness and providing education about kidney disease and transplantation.

Advancing a collaborative, integrated approach to patient care, we turn research into outcomes that matter to patients and families – beyond the lab values.

The KHERG Advantage

The Kidney Health Education and Research Group (KHERG) offers a unique combination of psychosocial perspectives and healthcare. By looking at psycho-social and ethno-cultural barriers to kidney care, donation, and transplantation, we address the greater systemic barriers that exist in our healthcare system which disadvantage communities in a very real way. At KHERG, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives of those affected by kidney disease in the province
If your passion is kidney health, healthcare, and the influence of psychosocial factors, this is the group for you. At KHERG, you’ll have the opportunity to develop and apply practical research skills to clinical settings and health equity issues. We provide our team with exceptional training to clinical research and opportunities to engage in every step of the research process, writing process, and resource development process. As a diverse, multidisciplinary group, we are committed to supporting your growth in your field and fostering the development of essential professional skills.
We welcome collaborations and applications. For collaborations, please email us at munoresearch@gmail.com. For applications as a prospective graduate student, please contact us at munoresearch@gmail.com. If you are a research personnel or prospective student volunteer, please contact us with your transcript, a one-page motivation letter, and resume.

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