Kidney Health Initiative (KHI)

KHI Mission

Kidney Health Initiative

To advance scientific understanding of the kidney health and patient safety implications of new and existing medical products and to foster development of therapies for diseases that affect the kidney by creating a collaborative environment in which FDA and the greater nephrology community can interact to optimize evaluation of drugs, devices, biologics, and food products.

Fourth Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting

The Fourth Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting will bring together our diverse membership from the kidney community to connect members across different fields, share ideas, collect feedback, and collaborate on new projects. Much of the agenda will be devoted to small group breakout sessions meant to be interactive and engaging, and to foster dialogue among KHI members.

To view the official save the date, please click here.

Please continue to check the KHI Meetings Page for more information on the Fourth Annual KHI Stakeholders Meeting that will be held on Wednesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 26, 2016.

KHI Project Portal

KHI seeks to advance its mission through innovative, collaborative projects that seek input from and bring together members across all areas of the kidney community.

We encourage KHI members to submit their ideas for projects via the KHI project portal. The portal will be open from Wednesday, March 30 to Friday, June 10. If you are a KHI member and interested in submitting a proposal, when the portal opens please visit the Project Submission page.

KHI Annual Report 2014-2015

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank the KHI membership for their participation in KHI, which has seen its membership grow from 47 organizations in September 2013, to over 75 organizations in December 2015. The membership has worked diligently through KHI to improve patient safety and promote the development of optimal therapies for diseases that affect kidneys and the quality of life for millions of people.

KHI has made impressive strides and its early progress gives kidney patients hope for a better tomorrow, and emphasizes that real advances can be made by bringing together every stakeholder in the kidney community.

View KHI's 2014-2015 Annual Report.

View the KHI Inaugural Review 2012-2014.

KHI Workshop - "Understanding Patients' Preferences: Stimulating Medical Device Development in Kidney Disease"

This workshop brought together patients, care partners, scientists, doctors, nurses, technicians, and companies to discuss what is important to patients, and to think about how those ideas can be measured and used by the companies that are developing new medical devices. The workshop balanced education and teaching with small group discussion.

KHI is pleased to announce that over 110 individuals attended this important workshop, including over 70 patients, care partners and family members.

For more information on program sessions including captured presentations and viewable slides, please visit the workshop's page.

KHI Project Portal Submissions

KHI seeks to advance its mission through innovative, collaborative projects that seek input from and bring together members across all areas of the kidney community.

We encourage KHI members to submit their ideas for projects via the KHI project portal, which is opened at various times throughout the year. If you are a KHI member and interested in submitting a proposal, please visit the Project Submission page.

Call for Workgroups

Starting in August 2013, KHI project concepts will be submitted by KHI members several times a year. At the close of each submission cycle, the KHI Board of Directors endorses projects after a simple review based on three criteria: meeting KHI mission, impact, and feasibility.

KHI workgroups will be selected via a small sub-group of the KHI Board of Directors. Click here to review the process for workgroup selection as well as the current selection sub-group.

Following is a list of current opportunities for KHI members to volunteer their service on a project workgroup. Click on the title for more information and details on how to volunteer.

Involvement in workgroups is on a voluntary basis with no compensation provided. All workgroup members are required to submit a disclosure with their application. Click here to review KHI's conflict of interest policy.

CJASN Special Feature

Press Release

Read the press release announcing the new partnership:

Watch the Video

ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim provides an update on the early success of the Kidney Health Initiative. Watch video »

ASN President Ronald Falk, MD, FASN discusses the Society's collaboration with the FDA. Watch video »

Listen to Podcasts

Announcing Kidney Health Initiative (KHI)

This Kidney News podcast features ASN Executive Director Tod Ibrahim's interview with ASN President Ronald J. Falk, MD, FASN, on the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI), a new partnership between ASN and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advance kidney health. Dr. Falk describes how KHI will collaborate with patient support groups, professional organizations, industry groups and other stakeholders to foster development of new therapeutics and ensure the safety of drugs, devices, biologics, and food products for patients with kidney disease. Posted September 27, 2012.


Learn More

If you have any questions about KHI, or would like more information about becoming a member, please contact khi@asn-online.org.