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KIWII Team Goals

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects approximately 15% of the U.S. population and Medicare costs exceed $120 billion annually. This science team will develop strategies to improve the health and wellness of CKD patients while realizing tremendous economic impact. Our vision is to optimize the healthcare experience and quality of life (QOL) of individuals with CKD. Technology plays a key role, specifically using VR to increase exercise adherence and nutrition knowledge, and using machine learning to optimize patient-centered fluid management.

KIWII Team

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Kenneth Wilund

kwilund@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbanan-Champaign: Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health

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Rosalba Hernandez

rherna17@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Associate Professor, Social Work

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Enrico Benedetti

enrico@uic.edu


University of Illinois at Chicago: Professor, Surgery

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Bo Fernhall

fernhall@uic.edu


University of Illinois at Chicago: Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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Kevin Fowler

kevinjohnfowler@gmail.com


Voice of the Patient, Inc.: Consultant and Patient Advocate

Tracy Baynard

Tracy Baynard

tbaynard@uic.edu


University of Illinois at Chicago: Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Gwendolyn Derk

Gwendolyn Derk

gderk2@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: MD PhD Student, Medicine

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Holly Mattix-Kramer

hkramer@luc.edu


Loyola University: Professor, Public Health Sciences

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James Lash

jplash@uic.edu


University of Illinois at Chicago: Professor, Medicine

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Ron Watkins

ronw@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Dean, College of Business

Jian Peng Professor, Computer Science

Jian Peng

jianpeng@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Associate Professor, Computer Science

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Sebastian Souyris

ssouyris@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Postdoc Research Associate, Business Administration

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Abigail Wooldridge

arwool@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Assistant Professor, Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering

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Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas

kesh@illinois.edu


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Professor, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering

Joviality™ creates VR programming to improve health and wellness for patients with a variety of chronic health conditions including Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

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Instruction on mindfulness is provided in a relaxing setting

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Users can relax in a variety of environments

KIWII Team in the News

Virtual reality program lessens physical side effects of hemodialysis

Illinois News Bureau

Hemodialysis patients routinely experience side effects such as fatigue, lightheadedness and nausea during their treatment sessions. But patients in a study who used a virtual reality program to engage in a mindfulness/meditation exercise reported that these treatment-related symptoms were greatly reduced.

Patients in the study wore a head-mounted virtual reality display to participate in a 25-minute mindfulness/meditation intervention called Joviality, a fully immersive experience that transported them to settings away from the clinic.

 

Expert Q&A: Ken Wilund on Chronic Kidney Disease

UIUC College of Applied Health Sciences News and Features

The College of Applied Health Sciences has experts in many research areas. Today, we ask KCH professor Ken Wilund about his research on chronic kidney disease and the new Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois.

VINCE LARA: KCH Professor Ken Wilund has established the Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois, which is aimed at improving the health and quality life of patients with chronic kidney disease.

DPI Helps Fund Project for the Development of the Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois

UIUC School of Social Work News

School of Social Work professor Rosalba Hernandez is the co-investigator on a newly funded project by the Discovery Partners Institute for the development of the Kidney Wellness Institute of Illinois.

KIWII will bring together local and international leaders in research, medicine, industry, and patient-advocacy to address chronic kidney disease, which affects approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population and costs more than $120 billion a year to treat.