Please mark your calendars for this Friday's Research Seminar Presentation at the Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC), School of Public Health.

Dr. Roger Wiggins, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Title: Body Weight Gain Causes End Stage Kidney Disease. Mechanism and prevention.
Date: Friday, June 15, 2012
Time: 9:30-10:30 AM
Location: 1755, SPH I, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Brief Bio:

Dr. Wiggins' research focus is on the biology of the podocyte and its role in glomerular development and maintenance of normal glomerular structure and function. The current focus is the requirement for a normal podocyte complement to maintain glomerular stability, the mechanism of progression to ESKD when the normal podocyte complement becomes depleted, and how this process can be monitored non-invasively for translation to the clinic. Based on data from model systems and patients with glomerular diseases we expect that urine biomarkers have the potential to change the paradigm for managing glomerular diseases. In essence we are measuring the central element of the progression process (i.e. podocyte stress and loss) rather than a downstream marker such as kidney function or proteinuria.

For more information, please contact Sue Reimann at 734-763-6611 or Mythili Dhurvas at 734-763-1604.

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