Research Group for the Study of Chronic Kidney Disease in Central America.
- Longitudinal Investigation of Chronic Kidney Disease among Central American Workers
- Genetic Susceptibility to Mesoamerican Nephropathy
- Investigation of Kidney Damage in Children and Adolescents
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Chronic Kidney Disease in Central America Research Group
There is an epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Central America with increasing mortality rates over the past 20 years. Due to its unique characteristics, the disease has been referred to by some researchers as Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) and CKD of nontraditional (CKDnt) or unknown etiology (CKDu). The CKD epidemic is considered a major public health threat by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)1 and declared a priority by the Commission of National Ministries of Health of Central America (COMISCA)2.
In the US and Europe, CKD is common only in older populations (age>60), affects men and women equally, and is primarily due to diabetes and hypertension. In contrast, CKD in certain regions of Central America disproportionately affects younger men and appears to be unrelated to diabetes or hypertension. CKD epidemics with strikingly similar characteristics are also found in other tropical regions including Sri Lanka and India. In all of these areas, agricultural workers appear to be among the groups most affected, but the specific cause(s) remain unknown.
Our team has been investigating the CKD epidemic since 2009.
1 152nd Executive Committee Session, 2013
2 XXXVII Meeting of COMISCA , May 2013
The 2nd International Workshop on the Epidemic of Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) took place in San José, Costa Rica in November 2015 and the experts that attended collectively wrote the technical report. Read the report here: MeN 2015 Scientific Report.