Strength in numbers

26 researchers, 14 different disciplines, 6 research papers and 18 months. What does that add up to? One team of dedicated professionals tackling chronic diseases for the benefit of us all.

By Maria Turner for UCalgary Medicine

Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn


Stan Waterman has been a kidney patient for almost 45 years. Initially diagnosed with hypertension, Stan soon found out he had a congenital condition known as “horseshoe” kidney, in which the two organs are fused together. Today, Stan is living with 13% of normal kidney function, just shy of the limit for dialysis. He is all too aware of the complexities and challenges of living with a chronic illness.

In early 2009, Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn, a kidney specialist at the Faculty of Medicine, together with fellow Alberta-based specialists Dr. Braden Manns and Dr. Marcello Tonelli, formed the Interdisciplinary Chronic Disease Collaboration (ICDC), a research team funded by Alberta Innovates–Health Solutions. The goal of the team is to directly improve the lives of patients like Waterman.

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