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Kidney Institute

The Kidney Institute is a world-class, internationally recognized research center. Our mission is to support basic, clinical and translational research leading to major advances in the prevention and treatment of kidney diseases. The Kidney Institute is committed to the pursuit of excellence by creating an environment that empowers creativity and innovation, and encourages collaboration and teamwork between laboratory scientists and physicians.

As one of the top kidney research centers in the country, the Kidney Institute gives hope to those with kidney disease. Our research teams identify risk factors that affect the progression of kidney disease and we develop improved treatments.


With more than 35 KU faculty physician scientists and some 100 research associates, our nephrology program ranks No. 33 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2014-15. This is the sixth straight year that we have been recognized amongst the nation's top 50 nephrology programs.


News & Highlights

  • Dr. Reena Rao's paper, "Glycogen synthase kinase-3β promotes cyst expansion in polycystic kidney disease" is featured on the cover of the June 2015 edition of Kidney International. Congrats to Dr. Rao and her lab!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Sri Yarlagadda on her promotion to Associate Professor
  • Congratulations to Dr. Tim Fields on his promotion to Professor
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jason Stubbs on his grant award funding from the American Heart Association beginning July 1, 2015 titled :  Intestinal Microbiota and Atherosclerosis Risk in Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Congratulations to Dr. Julie Zhou on her Postdoctoral grant award funding from the Administrative Core of the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE).  Title of her award:  Functional Roles of DNMT1 in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • The Kidney Institute welcomes four new nephrology fellows (Aug 2014)
  • KI's Walk for PKD team "The Renal Avengers" featured in PKD Foundation's PKD Progress magazine (Aug 2014)
  • Study initiated at The Kidney Institute featured in U.S. News & World Report (May 2014)
  • Four of our nephrologists have been chosen Outstanding Doctors of America
  • $7.5 million in research funding was awarded to Kidney Institute members in 2012
  • For more about KI achievements and advances, see our news archive

Last modified: Jun 24, 2015
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