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In 2000, the Kidney Institute was created by the National Institutes of Health grant, which was matched by KUMC to construct a $4 million research laboratory to house the core group of principal investigators who work on kidney-related research problems and serve as faculty for this training program.

Comprised of a magnificent collection of scholars and trainees, we emphasize the following research programs:

  • Polycystic kidney diseases
  • Progressive renal diseases including diabetic nephropathy and Alport Syndrome
  • Disorders of kidney development and metabolism

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: The Kidney Institute is exceptionally well-funded with over $10M annually in NIH support. 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

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
The Jared Grantham Kidney Institute
Mail Stop 3018
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160