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Message from the Director

Alan YuThank you for your interest in the Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Our mission is to support basic, clinical and translational research leading to major advances in the prevention and treatment of kidney diseases. The KI 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.

Established in 2000, the KI is an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary research institute. It is comprised of 35 faculty investigators drawn from seven KUMC departments (Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Internal Medicine, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology), the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the Stowers Institute, creating a rich and diverse research environment in the heart of the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

The core group of KI investigators is housed in 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art, open-access laboratory space on the KUMC campus, providing clinician scientists and basic scientists with opportunities to closely interact and collaborate on joint research projects. The KI is exceptionally well-funded: Investigators received $6.85 million in total NIH research support for 2015. The major research strengths are polycystic kidney disease, glomerular development and diseases, signal transduction, bone/mineral metabolism, transport physiology, and health services and outcomes research.

I invite you to learn more about our outstanding investigators and research programs.

Alan S.L. Yu, M.B., B.Chir.,
Director of the Kidney Institute 

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018