Introduction

Canadian Nephrology Trials NetworkThe Canadian Nephrology Trials Network (CNTN) is a pan-Canadian bilingual network of research nephrologists that was initially established to foster the design and conduct of multi-centre, prospective research, particularly randomized controlled trials, in nephrology. There is membership from researchers in all regions of Canada and it has extended membership to patient partners from across Canada, including Indigenous communities.

The CNTN will now include 3 working committees – Capacity Building, Communication and Engagement, and Scientific Operations – as well as a governing Executive Committee. The Executive Committee co-chairs will be responsible for reporting to the Can-SOLVE CKD Steering Committee.

CNTN members who wish to participate in a committee will be asked to submit a Request to Join in which they will need to state which committee they would like to join and why. The Can-SOLVE CKD Steering Committee will approve individuals to the committees, striving to ensure a diverse membership, based on gender, geography, research interests or lived experiences on each committee. The leads for each committee will be chosen in the same fashion.

Each committee will consist of 10-12 members and will have 2 co-leads (1 patient partner and 1 researcher). Committee members will be asked to commit to a minimum term of 1 year. Members are allowed to step down at any time, after which a call would be put out to the general membership for new committee members.

The potential administrative time commitment would be about 4 hours a month for the first 6-9 months. Initially, we will plan for 2 hour-long teleconferences per month and up to 2 hours of additional offline work such as brainstorming or reviewing and commenting on documents. This will be revised as each committee defines its work plan and there may be additional time required to execute the work plan.

Each committee will be responsible for developing, with the help of the CNTN project coordinator, a work plan and meeting schedule. The work plan will include deliverables for 3, 6 and 12 months. Each member of the committee should have equal say in what is done and assist with the execution of the work plan. The work plan should include a list of assets, potential committees or groups with which they could collaborate and groups who may be doing similar work or may be interested in the work. Examples include: Scientific Operations Committee engaging with the Capacity Building Committee (peer review would be a training opportunity for junior investigators), and Communications and Engagement Committee (peer review sessions would be an opportunity to get investigators and patient partners involved or keep them updated on research).

The CNTN project coordinator will be present at all committee meetings as note-taker and administrative support.

The following committee descriptions were developed from the September 2018 visioning workshop report. They are a guide to help members determine which committee they may want to join.