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KI Facts

• The University of Kansas is one of the leading kidney research centers in the country.
• Our clinical nephrology program ranks No. 33 among the nation's top 50 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2014-15. This is our fifth year to be ranked on this list.
• Four KUMC staff nephrologists have been chosen Outstanding Doctors of America.
• In 2015, $6.85 million in NIH funding was awarded to Kidney Institute investigators.
• KI faculty have included two Homer Smith awardees (Jared Grantham and Billy Hudson) and one ASN President (Tom DuBose).
• Dr. Jared Grantham is only the third person to have ever received both the Homer Smith Award and the John Peters Award of the ASN (the other two are Barry Brenner and Gerhard Giebisch).
• Two KI faculty have received NIH MERIT awards: Dale Abrahamson and Billy Hudson.
• Five KI faculty have been elected members of the American Society of Clinical Investigation: Grantham, DuBose, Virginia Savin, Darryl Quarles and Alan Yu.
• The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), the highest ranked journal in nephrology, was founded at KU.
• The use of vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists as a potential treatment for polycystic kidney disease was invented and patented at KU.
• A startup company founded at KU (Nephrogenex) uses technology discovered at the KI to develop drugs for diabetic kidney disease.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018