Endowed Chair

Comprehensive Kidney Disease Research

For Improvement of Clinical Practice
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diseases related to the kidney dysfunction such as renal anemia, electrolyte abnormalities, cardiorenal syndrome and mineral bone disorders

Addressing clinically relevant questions using comibined approach of basic and clinical research

The lab studies chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is a very broad spectrum including nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and renal failure on dialysis. In addition, we study related extrarenal complications such as electrolyte abnormalities, renal anemia, mineral bone disorders and cardiorenal syndrome. In general, medical research is split into basic and clinical research, and research that connects the two is known as translational research. This designation, per se, suggests that basic and clinical research are distinct. However, innovations have allowed us to perform very basic research using clinical specimens. In parallel, epidemiology and biostatistics, which have been essential for clinical research, are now instrumental in basic research such as the meta-analysis of the mouse genome and metabolome.
Our lab uses comprehensive approaches without distinguishing between basic and clinical research. We are working in collaborations with experts from nephrology, geriatrics, cardiology and engineering to create a new model for adressing clinical problems.