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The BIS would like to thank its partner, the AOK-Nordost as well as all other funding institutions listed here. Study planning, data acquisition, management, analysis and interpretation as well as the write-up of publications were always carried out in the sense of an investigator-driven project and without any influence from the funding agencies.

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Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK) Nordost

BIS Funders

  • The KfH Preventive Medicine Foundation of the non-profit Board of Trustees for Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation (KfH)
    The KfH funds scientific projects in the field of nephrology with main emphasis on prevention and medical care.
  • The Association of German Kidney Centers e.V
    The DDnÄ is a professional association of statutory health insurance accredited physicians for hypertension and kidney disease in Germany.
  • European Nephrology and Dialysis Institute (E.N.D.I.) - Foundation
  • Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation
    The Dr. Werner Jackstädt Foundation supports research projects in the field of Opthalmology, Oncology (Tumor research), and Nephrology.

  • The Center of Quality for Nursing (ZQP)
    The ZQP non-profit, operational foundation. It aims to improve the medical care and in particular the nursing quality for elderly care-dependent individuals.
  • Bayer
    Bayer supports the BIS Team within the context of the “INAKI-O: Incidence of nosocomial acute kidney injury (AKI) in a cohort of community-dwelling older adults over 8 years of observation” study.

  • Under the auspices of the German Nephrology Association (DGfN)
    The “Frau und Niere” committee of the German Nephrology Association (DGfN) aims to address viewpoints and issues specific to women.


The BIS is part of several consortia and shares its data within the framework of joint scientific projects.

  • European Kidney Function Consortium (EKFC)
    The EKFC brings together European research groups in the field of kidney function evaluation. The goal is to answer questions pertaining to kidney function and its evaluation through regular exchange and merging of scientific data and to make this knowledge available to the public through publication. Furthermore, the EKFC aims to provide assistance with the implementation of these estimation methods in daily clinical practice. The BIS has largely contributed to the establishment of this consortium which is currently supported by the European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) and will start to work as a task force in 2022.
  • International Network of Chronic Kidney Disease Cohort Studies (iNET CKD)
    The International Network of Chronic Kidney Disease of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is an international network of existing, independently funded Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) cohort studies. The compilation of data from cohort studies investigating CKD serves to facilitate the understanding of CKD progression and its consequences.
  • CKD Prognosis Consortium (CKD-PC)
    The Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium (CKD-PC) is a research group composed of scientists representing cohort studies from all over the world. The CKD-PC currently comprises over 80 cohorts which represent the general, high-risk, or CKD populations.

Scientific Partnerships

  • Charité Partners
    • Institute of Medical Sociology and Rehabilitation Science
    • Department of Nephrology and Medical Intensive Care
    • Department of Psychosomatic Medicine
    • Department of Geriatrics and Medical Gerontology
    • Institute of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
    • Institute of Biometry and Clinical Epidemiology

  • Non-Charité Partners
    • Tübingen University Hospital - Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Applied Biometry
    • Köln University Hospital - Center for Pharmacology
    • Hannover Medical School, Internal Medicine Center, Clinic für Kidney and Hypertension Diseases
    • Vivantes Hospital in Friedrichshain, Department of Nephrology and Internal Medicine

  • International Partners
    • Université de Liège, Service de Dialyse, CHU Sart Tilman, Liège, Belgium
    • The Arctic University of Norway, Department of Clinical Medicine, Tromsoe, Norway
    • University of Island, Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Island, Reykjavik, Island
    • University Glasgow, Division of Nephrology, Scotland
    • University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    • McGill University, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, Montreal, Canada
    • University of California, San Francisco, USA
    • University of California, San Diego, USA
    • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Minnesota, USA