The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have teamed up to become one of the sites in the nationwide Urinary Stone Disease Research Network being sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The network, launched by the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, is planning to begin a large-scale study of urinary stones disease called the Prevention of Urinary Stones with Hydration study, a Penn Medicine release said.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Perelman School of Medicine will be receiving a $450,000 annual grant each year for five years for their site, one of five sites in the network, the release said.
The goal of the study will be to identify how to get kidney stone patients to drink enough water to prevent the occurrence of kidney stones, the release said. In order to promote the new habit in patients, individuals will have a smartphone app in which they will be able to track their water intake.