Can-SOLVE CKD is committed to overcoming barriers to care that are driven by social health determinants, including sex and gender.

As part of this commitment, we are very pleased to welcome Dr. Sofia Ahmed to the network in the role of Sex and Gender Lead.

Dr. Ahmed is one of Canada’s leading experts in sex and gender research across people with kidney diseases. She will work in an advisory capacity to provide support to Can-SOLVE CKD research projects and ensure that the network increases its capacity to incorporate sex and gender analysis.

Dr. Ahmed is a specialist in nephrology with research expertise in sex differences in human cardiorenal physiology and translational research. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Ahmed’s research interests are in the study of how women and men differ in terms of progression and complications of kidney disease, and how factors such as sleep apnea and nutrition play a role. She completed her MD and internal medicine residency at the University of Toronto and a renal fellowship at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Ahmed completed her Master’s in medical sciences at Harvard University. She is an Alberta Innovates ­ Health Solutions Investigator and is leading projects supported by the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Ahmed’s appointment is timely as the network begins to mark World Kidney Day and its theme of “Kidneys and Women’s Health – Include, Value, Empower” and International Women’s Day and its theme of “Press for Progress,” both taking place this year on March 8.

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