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The Jared Grantham 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.

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PKD Summer Research Stipends
The University of Kansas PKD Center in the Jared Grantham Kidney Institute is accepting applications for a limited number of summer research internships for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in working on a mentored research project related to polycystic kidney disease. Applications Due 2/29/2024

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View the September 2023 Newsletter


Proud to be a site in the Amplitude clinical trial for APOL1-mediated nondiabetic chronic kidney disease (CKD). This study is for individuals of African ancestry. If you have symptoms of kidney disease, or a family history of kidney disease, this clinical trial may be an option for you. Contact our study coordinator, Debbie Griffin, RN, 913-588-7691 for more info.


Congratulations to Reena Rao, PhD, Associate Professor, on her new R01 grant, "Pathogenic reciprocal interplay between cyst epithelium and myofibroblasts in polycystic kidney disease"


Our KU Polycystic Kidney Disease care team is proud of receiving designation as a Center of Excellence from the PKD Foundation. The award will fund navigator services for polycystic kidney disease patients. Our PKD team is dedicated to patient-focused, comprehensive care & research discovery.

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View the November 2022 Newsletter


Robin Maser's research team identifies mechanism for critical function of a damaged protein that causes most polycystic kidney disease

Read the article in KUMC news


Congratulations to James Calvet and team for being featured by the American Journal of Physiology as the October APSSelect article, "The lonidamine derivative H2-gamendazole reduces cyst formation in polycystic kidney disease"

Read the article in American Journal of Physiology-Renal


Exciting findings by JGKI researchers Darren Wallace, Stephen Parnell and team show that B-RAF activation alone can induce kidney cysts and exacerbate polycystic kidney disease in mouse models.

Read the article in Kidney International


JGKI faculty Mei Liu and Alan Yu talk about using artificial intelligence prediction models for acute kidney injury on Open Mic with Dr. Stites.

Watch on YouTube 

FDA approves the first treatment for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved JYNARQUE TM (Tolvaptan), an arginine vasopressin (AVP) V2 receptor antagonist, as the first therapeutic treatment for patients with ADPKD in the United States.  The concept for the use of AVP V2 receptor blockers to treat ADPKD originated from basic research performed in the Jared Grantham Kidney Institute at the University of Kansas Medical Center, which owns the use patent. And critical to the development of JYNARQUE TM were clinical trials carried out by KUMC Kidney Institute clinical investigators.

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