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Division of Nephrology and Hypertension Archives

Home Dialysis Program experiencing rapid growth

Aug. 19, 2021—Osama El Shamy, MD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has long been a proponent of the benefits of home dialysis.

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Gene expression in diabetic nephropathy

Aug. 5, 2021—Vanderbilt researchers are looking to mRNA populations in podocytes — kidney cells that help filter blood — to help identify potential targets for treating diabetic kidney disease.

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Clue to diabetic kidney disease

Oct. 5, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers have identified a signaling pathway that promotes kidney fibrosis in patients with diabetes — and that could be targeted with an existing approved medication.

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VUMC, UCSF win KidneyX award for implantable home dialysis system

Jul. 22, 2020—A $500,000 KidneyX prize has been awarded to The Kidney Project — a collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) — for the development of an implantable dialysis system that would enable patients to safely and effectively treat kidney failure at home.

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Group’s efforts lead to removal of race as a variable in common test of kidney function

Jul. 13, 2020—A group of Vanderbilt students, residents and faculty — connected through their passion for health equity — have identified and worked together to rectify longstanding concerns about the inappropriate use of race as a variable in the calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), which estimates a patient’s level of kidney function and helps determine the stage of kidney disease.

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Protecting the injured kidney

Jun. 4, 2020—Leslie Gewin and colleagues have upended conventional dogma about Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in the kidney, finding that it protects against chronic kidney disease rather than promoting it.

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Implant one day may replace dialysis

May. 18, 2020—Vanderbilt researchers used pharmacological manipulations to increase salt and water transport by kidney cells grown in culture, a step necessary for realizing an implantable artificial kidney device.

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Barbershops targeted to improve health of black men

Feb. 18, 2020—Black men with high blood pressure could benefit from a research study beginning this month to check their vitals while they are getting a haircut at a barbershop.

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Nashville VA dialysis unit named in Stone’s honor

Feb. 13, 2020—The Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center has dedicated its dialysis unit to William Stone, MD, a nephrologist and professor of Medicine at VUMC

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Wilson appointed to ASGCT board of directors

May. 2, 2019—The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT) has appointed Matthew Wilson, MD, PhD, associate professor of Medicine in Vanderbilt’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, to its board of directors. Beginning in May 2019, Wilson will serve a three-year term as an at-large director.

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Ikizler to succeed Harris as Nephrology and Hypertension director

Jun. 28, 2018—Jun. 28, 2018—T. Alp Ikizler, MD, an internationally known expert on the nutritional and metabolic aspects of kidney disease, will succeed Raymond Harris, MD, as director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine effective July 1.

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Research explores barriers to kidney disease screening

Mar. 15, 2018—New research by Vanderbilt nephrologists highlights potential barriers that may prevent black Americans from being screened for kidney disease.

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