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Medical Community | Research Initiatives

Satellite Supports Research to Improve the Lives of CKD Patients

We are dedicated to supporting the study and exploration of the causes of and cures for kidney disease. Our commitment to research includes:

Coplon Research Grants. The Norman S. Coplon Extramural Grant Program is one of the nation's largest private research endowments for research into kidney disease and its treatment. Proposals are reviewed and approved by the independent Satellite Healthcare Scientific Advisory Board, which awards grants to individuals and institutions engaged in promising kidney disease research in the United States.

In-House Research. Satellite Healthcare’s in-house clinical research programs focus on identifying practice patterns in delivering CKD care that improves patient outcomes. For example, studies have focused on:

  • Reducing infection rates by using a Prophylactic Antimicrobial Catheter Lock.

Contract Research. Satellite Research participates in clinical trials evaluating promising products for improved care and outcomes for patients with end stage renal disease. Recent studies include:   

  • Evaluating the efficacy and safety of a long-acting Erythropoiesis-stimulating agent, Hematide™ (Emerald 1), for the maintenance treatment of anemia in hemodialysis patients.

Academic Contribution. Satellite Healthcare takes its responsibility seriously  in helping train and inspire the next generation of CKD clinical and research professionals in close collaboration with Stanford University School of Medicine.

  • Medical Educators. In 2008, Satellite Healthcare funded The Norman S. Coplon/Satellite Healthcare Professorship at the Medical School. Satellite’s CMO as well as several referring physicians are members or adjunct faculty in the Department of Nephrology at Stanford.
  • Sponsored Fellowship. Annually, Satellite Healthcare funds one of the Research fellows in the department of Nephrology. This fellow spends the research year under the guidance of the medical leadership at Satellite with a project directly related to the care of patients with CKD. This program offers fellows unprecedented exposure to the full spectrum of dialysis modalities and leaves them well equipped for a future both in academics and private practice.
  • Research Collaboration. Satellite Healthcare also participates in NIH funded research. Most recently, this collaboration has included a study on the effectiveness of more frequent hemodialysis, delivered for 1 ½ – 2 ¾ hours, six days per week, as compared to conventional hemodialysis delivered for at least 2 ½ hours (typically three to four hours), three days per week.   

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