The research group lead by Jorge Polónia, a CINTESIS researcher and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto (FMUP), has won the ANADIAL/SPN 2020 Prize in the amount of 10 thousand euros.
The Prize distinguishes the study entitled “Annual deterioration of renal function in hypertensive patients with and without diabetes,” by Jorge Polónia, André Azevedo, Miguel Monte, José A. Silva, and Susana Bertoquini, from CINTESIS/FMUP.
This work, published in the scientific journal Vascular Health and Risk Management, focused on the progressive renal deterioration of renal function in hypertensive patients with diabetes and without type 2 diabetes mellitus.
The results show that this annual deterioration, which is frequent in both groups of patients, is particularly dependent on the age, the control of nocturnal blood pressure, the medications used, and the control of very high glucose levels.
Each year, 16% of the hypertensive patients with diabetes and 13% of the hypertensive patients without diabetes progress to a more advanced stage of their chronic kidney disease, with known consequences concerning the risk of health-related events and death.
The National Association of Dialysis Centers (ANADIAL) and the Portuguese Society of Nephrology (SPN) are the authors of the first edition of this Prize, which is the best endowed in Portugal, in the research field of Nephrology. The objective is “to encourage clinical research and epidemiological assessments in the field of Chronic Renal Failure, with particular relevance for the identification of risk factors and interventions that can prevent the evolution of the disease.”
The award ceremony will take place on March 12, at 17h, at the National School of Public Health.