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Gardener’s Grove

Thank you for joining us at Gardener’s Grove 2023.

The Gardener’s Grove Conference 2023, which was held on March 27 – 30, 2023, focused on increasing knowledge and awareness of pragmatic large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs) embedded into routine hemodialysis care. This conference created a space for nephrology patients, providers and healthcare policymakers to plant, cultivate and nurture support for new trial ideas.

Pragmatic RCTs are designed to evaluate treatments in real-world conditions to inform decision-making by patients, providers and healthcare policymakers. The healthcare system urgently needs researchers to conduct pragmatic trials in the hemodialysis setting to answer important practice-based and patient-oriented questions. These trials can be expedited with randomized designs and existing data registries.

Map of the world with a green background and the countries are delineated by different colours, white, green, and grey.

Gardener’s Grove 2023 had 155 Registrants and Attendees

Eight Provinces Across Canada

BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QB, NF, & NS

and Seven Countries

Conference Agenda


Growing Innovative Hemodialysis Trial Ideas

The conference consisted of 10 Educational Sessions discussing all aspects of pragmatic RCTs and six Panel Presentations. If you missed them, be sure to watch the presentation videos.

Educational Sessions

Gardener’s Grove 2023 provided attendees with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of pragmatic trials and their importance in improving hemodialysis care. This conference brought together some of the foremost experts in the field to share knowledge and experience.

Over four days, ten educations sessions were presented by seventeen experts covering a range of topics including Pragmatic RCT study design, statistics, ethics, equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), as well as practical experiences learned from conducting pragmatic trials. 

Panel Presentations

During the six structured Panel Presentations, researchers presented their proposed nephrology pragmatic RCTs embedded in hemodialysis care. The conference facilitated excellent group discussions and expert panel feedback, which provided meaningful advice to improve the presented trials and nurture new ideas.

We will continue to develop partnerships and promising trial ideas borne out of the conference to support the implementation of future large-scale pragmatic RCTs in the hemodialysis setting.

Overall experience

Nine Gold Stars out of ten

Interested in participating in the next Gardener’s Grove?

Present a trial idea, be a panelist, or join our networking sessions!


We would like to thank many of our sponsors, without whose support the Gardener’s Grove 2023 Conference would not be possible.

logo for the Canadian Nephrology Trials Network - Link to the website
Logo for IC/ES - Link to the website
Western University logo - Link to the website
logo for Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research - Link to the website
Logo for Ontario SPOR Support Unit - Link to the website
Logo for the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Link to the website
Logo of Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Instituts de recherche en sante du Canada - Link to the website
Logo for Can-SOLVE CKD Network - Link to the website
Link to the Canadian Society of Nephrology - Link to the website