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As medicine advances, multiple options for dialysis can now be offered such as peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis at a hospital or community institution or at home, during the day or night. Our research strives to improve symptoms, quality of life, and minimize the risk of negative outcomes for patients on dialysis.  

Publications and Presentations


  • Chan, A, Singh, S, Dubrowski, A, Pratt, DD, Zalunardo, N, Nair, P, McLaughlin, K, Ma, IWY. (2015). Part versus whole: a randomized trial of central venous catheterization education. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 20(4), 1061-1071.
  • Ma, IWY, Zalunardo, N, Brindle, ME, Hatala, R, McLaughlin, K. (2015). Notes From the Field: Direct Observation Versus Rating by Videos for the Assessment of Central Venous Catheterization Skills. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 38(3), 419-422.
  • Merchant, A, Wald, R, Goldstein, MB, Yuen, D, Kirpalani, A, Dacouris, N, Ray, JG, Kiaii, M, Leipsic, J, Kotha, V, Deva, D, Yan, AT. (2015). Relationship between different blood pressure measurements  ,left ventricular mass by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in end-stage renal disease. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 9(4), 275-284.
  • Romann, A, Beaulieu, MC, Rhéaume, P, Clement, J, Sidhu, R, Kiaii, M. (2015). Risk factors associated with arteriovenous fistula failure after first radiologic intervention. J Vasc Access, 0(0), 0.
  • Skandari, MR, Shechter, SM, Zalunardo, N. (2015). Optimal Vascular Access Choice for Patients on Hemodialysis. M&Som-Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 17(4), 608-619.
  • Tonelli, M, Molzahn, AE, Wiebe, N, Davison, SN, Gill, JS, Hemmelgarn, BR, Manns, BJ, Pannu, N, Pelletier, R, Thompson, S, Klarenbach, SW, Alberta Kidney Dis, N. (2015). Relocation of remote dwellers living with hemodialysis: a time trade-off survey. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 30(10), 1767-1773.
  • Herrington W, Emberson J, Staplin N, Blackwell L, Fellström B, Walker R, Levin A, Hooi LS, Massy ZA, Tesar V, Reith C, Haynes R, Baigent C, Landray MJ, on beahfl of the SHARP Investigators. (2014). The effect of lowering LDL cholesterol on vascular access patency: post hoc analysis of the Study of Heart and Renal Protection. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 2014 Mar 13:CJN-10371013.
  • MacRae, JM, Copland, M, Kiaii, M. (2014). Progress in Dialysis Practice: An Introduction. Seminars in Dialysis, 27(2), 85-86.
  • Pauly RP, Komenda P, Chan CT, Copland M, Gangji A, Hirsch D, Lindsay R, MacKinnon M, MacRae JM, McFarlane P, Nesrallah G. (2014). Programmatic variation in home hemodialysis in Canada: results from a nationwide survey of practice patterns. Canadian journal of kidney health and disease. 2014 Jun 10;1(1):11.
  • Schachter M, Bargman J, Copland M, Mladunewich M, Tennankore K, Levin A, Oliver M, Pauly R, Perl J, Zimmerman D, Chan C. (2014). Rationale for a home dialysis virtual ward: design and implementation. BMC Nephrology. 15(33)
  • Shechter, SM, Skandari, MR, Zalunardo, N. (2014). Timing of Arteriovenous Fistula Creation in Patients With CKD: A Decision Analysis. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 63(1), 95-103.
  • Sood MM, Tangri N, Hiebert B, Kappel J, Dart A, Levin A, et al (2014). Geographic and regional variation in the use of Peritoneal Dialysis in Canada: a cohort study. CMAJ Open. 2 (1)
  • Al Khan, S, De Badyn, MH, Yakimec, J, Shalansky, K, Pal, J, Cheng, K, Jastrzebski, J. (2013). Measurement of reticulocyte hemoglobin (RET HE) parameter on Sysmex XE 2100 in hemodialysis patients on erythropoietin stimulating agent (ESA) in tertiary care hospital. International Journal of Laboratory Hematology, 35, 39-39.
  • Borzych-Duzalka D, Bilginer Y, Ha IS, Bak M, Rees L, Cano F, Munarriz RL, Chua A, Pesle S, Emre S, Urzykowska A, Quiroz L, Ruscasso JD, White C, Pape L, Ramela V, Printza N, Vogel A, Kuzmanovska D, Simkova E, Müller-Wiefel DE, Warady BA, Schaefer F for the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network (IPPN) Registry. Management of Anemia in Children Receiving Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Mar; 24(4):665-76.
  • Chui, BK, Manns, B, Pannu, N, Dong, J, Wiebe, N, Jindal, K, Klarenbach, SW. (2013). Health Care Costs of Peritoneal Dialysis Technique Failure and Dialysis Modality Switching. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 61(1), 104-111.
  • Clark EG, Schachter ME, Palumbo A, Knoll G, Edwards C. (2013). Temporary hemodialysis catheter placement by nephrology fellows: implications for nephrology training.  American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 62(3):474-80.
  • Dolan NM, Borzych-Duzalka D, Suarez A, Principi I, Adolfo O, Al-Akash S, Alconchar L, Breen C, Fischbach M, Flynn J, Pape L, Piantanida JJ, Printza N, Wong W, Zaritsky J, Schaefer F, Warady B, White CT. Ventriculoperitoneal shunts in children on peritoneal dialysis: A survey of the International Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis Network. Pediatric Nephrology. 28(2):315-319.
  • Farah M, Levin A, Kiaii M, Vickars L, Werb R. (2013). Combination hemodialysis and centrifugal therapeutic plasma exchange: 18 years of Canadian experience. Hemodialysis International. 17(2):256-65.
  • Lange BD, Schwartz D, Da Roza G, Gair R. Use of intravenous lipid emulsion to reverse central nervous system toxicity of an iatrogenic local anesthetic overdose in a patient on peritoneal dialysis. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy. 2012 Dec; 46.
  • Mammen C, Brown T, Prestidge T, T White C. (2013). Comprehensive Review of Anticoagulation Strategies in Renal Replacement Therapies. Current Pediatric Reviews. 9(3):250-66.
  • Mendelson AM, Guan Q, Chafeeva I, Da Roza GA, Kizhakkedathu JN, Du C. Hyperbranched Polyglycerol is an efficacious and biocompatible novel osmotic agent in a rodent model of Peritoneal Dialysis. Peritoneal Dialysis International. 2013 Feb; 33:15-27.
  • Mustafa, RA, Zimmerman, D, Rioux, JP, Suri, RS, Gangji, A, Steele, A, MacRae, J, Pauly, RP, Perkins, DN, Chan, CT, Copland, M, Komenda, P, McFarlane, PA, Lindsay, R, Pierratos, A, Nesrallah, GE. (2013). Vascular Access for Intensive Maintenance Hemodialysis: A Systematic Review for a Canadian Society of Nephrology Clinical Practice Guideline. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 62(1), 112-131.
  • Nesrallah, GE, Mustafa, RA, MacRae, J, Pauly, RP, Perkins, DN, Gangji, A, Rioux, JP, Steele, A, Suri, RS, Chan, CT, Copland, M, Komenda, P, McFarlane, PA, Pierratos, A, Lindsay, R, Zimmerman, DL. (2013). Canadian Society of Nephrology Guidelines for the Management of Patients With ESRD Treated With Intensive Hemodialysis. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 62(1), 187-198.
  • Perl, J, Dong, J, Rose, C, Jassal, SV, Gill, JS. (2013). IS DIALYSIS MODALITY A FACTOR IN THE SURVIVAL OF PATIENTS INITIATING DIALYSIS AFTER KIDNEY TRANSPLANT FAILURE?. Peritoneal Dialysis International, 33(6), 618-628.
  • Schachter ME, Tennankore KK, Chan CT. Determinants of training and technique failure in home hemodialysis. Hemodial Int. 2013 Mar 17. doi: 10.1111/hdi.12036. [Epub ahead of print] 
  • Zimmerman, DL, Nesrallah, GE, Chan, CT, Copland, M, Komenda, P, McFarlane, PA, Gangji, A, Lindsay, R, MacRae, J, Pauly, RP, Perkins, DN, Pierratos, A, Rioux, JP, Steele, A, Suri, RS, Mustafa, RA. (2013). Dialysate Calcium Concentration and Mineral Metabolism in Long and Long-Frequent Hemodialysis: A Systematic Review  ,Meta-analysis for a Canadian Society of Nephrology Clinical Practice Guideline. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 62(1), 97-111.
  • Ma IW, Zalunardo N, Pachev G, Beran T, Brown M, Hatala R, McLaughlin K. Comparing the use of global rating scale with checklists for the assessment of central venous catheterization skills using simulation. Adv Health Sci Educ Theory Pract. 2012 Oct;17(4):457-70. 
  • Mendelssohn (Chair), Beaulieu M, Kiaii M, Jindal K, MacRae J, Kappel J, Miller L, Lok C, Moist L, Donnelly S, Oliver M, Chan C, Ethier J, Delziel C, McKinnon M, Soroka S, Hirsch D, Barrett B. Report of the Canadian Society of Nephrology Vascular Access Working Group. Seminars in Dialysis. 25(1):22–25. January–February 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2011.01009.x
  • Nesrallah G, Lindsay R, Garg A, Cuerden M, Moist L, Levin A, Pauly R, Komenda P, Steele A, Courtney M, Copland M, Geary D, et al. Intensive hemodialysis associates with improved survival compared with conventional hemodialysis. JASN, Apr 2012; 23(4):696-705.
  • Schachter ME, Chan CT. Current state of intensive hemodialysis: a comparative review of benefits and barriers. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2012 Dec;27(12):4307-13. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfs506. 
  • Tang M, Romann A, Chiarelli G, Djurdjev O, Beaulieu M, Sigrist M, Taylor P,Singh S, Levin A. Vascular stiffness in incident peritoneal patients over time. Clinical Nephrology 2012.
  • Thompson S, Gill J, Wang PC, Padwal R, Pelletier R, Bello A, Klarenbach S, Tonelli M. Mortality among remote and rural dwelling hemodialysis patients in the United States. Kidney International 2012 Aug;82(3):352-9.
  • Allen N, Schwartz D, Komenda P, Pauly RP, Zimmerman D, Tanna G, Schiff J, Rigatto C, Sood MM. International practice patterns and factors associated with non-conventional hemodialysis utilization. BMC Nephrol. 2011 Dec 5; 12:66. 
  • Blake PG, Bargman JM, Brimble KS, Davison SN, Hirsch D, McCormick BB, Suri RS, Taylor P, Zalunardo N, Tonelli M; the Canadian Society of Nephrology Work Group on adequacy of peritoneal dialysis. Clinical practice guidelines and recommendations on peritoneal dialysis adequacy 2011. Perit Dial Int. 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):218-239. PubMed PMID: 21427259.
  • Chiarelli G, Beaulieu M, Taylor P, Levin A, Holmes DT. Elimination of BNP by Peritoneal Dialysis: Investigation of Analytical Issues. Peritoneal Dialysis Int’l.2011 Mar; 31(2):199-202.
  • Hanko J, Jastrzebski J, Nieva C, White L, Li G, Zalunardo N. Dedication of a nurse to educating suboptimal haemodialysis starts improved transition to independent modalities of renal replacement therapy. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2011 Jul; 26(7):2302-8. Epub 2010 Nov 11. PubMed PMID: 21071546.
  • Kiaii M, Djurdjev O, Farah M, Levin A, Jung B, MacRae J. Use of electron-beam sterilized hemodialysis membranes and risk of thrombocytopenia. JAMA. 2011 Oct; 306(15):1679-87.
  • Rogers J, Leung M, Beaulieu M, Levin A, Burnett S, Zienkiewicz A. Evaluation of Anemia Management by Algorithms in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Who Are Not Receiving Dialysis. Published in the Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy. 2011 Mar–Apr; 64(2):141-6.
  • Shalansky K, Hanko J, Pudek M, Li G, Jastrzebski J. Iron indices after administration of sodium ferric gluconate complex in hemodialysis patients. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011 Oct; 58(4):684-5. Epub 2011 Aug 15. 
  • Sondrup B, Copland M, Black A, Trask M. Supporting Patient Choice: An intervention to promote independent dialysis therapies. Nephrology Nursing Journal. 2011 Nov-Dec; 38(6):491-7.
  • Su VC, Shalansky K, Jastrzebski J, Martyn A, Li G, Yeung CK, Snyder F, Zalunardo N. Parenteral vitamin B12 in macrocytic hemodialysis patients reducedb MMA levels but did not change mean red cell volume or hemoglobin. Clin Nephrol. 2011 Apr; 75(4):336-45. PubMed PMID: 21426888.
  • Allen N, Schwartz D, Sood AR, Mendelssohn D, Verrelli M, Tanna G, Schiff J, Komenda P, Rigatto C, Sood MM. (2010). Perceived barriers to guidelines in peritoneal dialysis. Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation. [Epub ahead of print]. 
  • Chung A, Yang C, Kim JM, Sigrist M, Brin G, Chum E, Gourlay W, Levin A. (2010). Arterial stiffness and functional properties in chronic kidney disease patients on different dialysis modalities: an exploratory study, Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation. 25(12):4031-4041.
  • Komenda P, Copland M, Makwana J, Djurdjev O, Sood MM, Levin A. (2010). The cost of starting and maintaining a large home hemodialysis program. Kidney International. 77(11):1039-1045. 
  • Komenda P, Copland M, Sood M, Levin A. (2010). Response to ‘Home hemodialysis: a system and not only a treatment’. Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation. 25(8):2422-2430.
  • Lebner AC, Beard KM, Soroka SD, Cournoyer SH, Da Roza GA, Geary DF, and Mendelssohn DC. Mineral metabolism management in Canadian Peritoneal Dialysis Patients. Clinical Nephrology. October 2010.
  • Levin A et al, on behalf of the CAN-SLEEP Collaborative Group. (2010). Patient and Technique Survival among a Canadian Multicenter Nocturnal Home Hemodialysis Cohort. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 5(10):1815-1820.
  • Mammen C, Milner R, Goldstein S, White CT. (2010). Standard Kt/V in Pediatric Hemodialysis: Calculation and Determination of a Target Dose. Nephrolology, Dialysis, Transplantation. 25(9):3044-3050.
  • Morton AR, Murphy S, Hirsch D, Leblanc M, Barr退 P, Lok C, Hercz G, Hodsman A, Reslerova M, Levin A. (2010). Development and utility of a multi-dimensional grid to assess individual mineral metabolism control in hemodialysis patients: A potential aid for therapeutic decision making?Hemodialysis International. 14(2):200-210.
  • Sigrist MK, Levin A, Tejani AM. (2010). Systematic review of evidence for the use of intradialytic parenteral nutrition in malnourished hemodialysis patients. Journal of Renal Nutrition. 20(1):1-7. 





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