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Meet the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center Scientists
After a lengthy national search, we were delighted to welcome the first of our core research team over the summer. Director of the KRC, comes to us from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Cell Biology, along with Assistant Dean and Co-Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Renal-Electrolyte Division of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology. His areas of specialization and research interests include epithelial ion transport, cellular metabolism, polycystic kidney disease, and acute kidney injury.
Núria M. Pastor-Soler, M.D., Ph.D., is the first of a planned four-member team of clinician/scientists to be recruited for the KRC. A former Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, her research interests include the regulation of epithelial transport proteins in sepsis-induced acute kidney injury.
Discover more about the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center.
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Since 2002, UKRO has raised significant dollars to fund educational symposia, fellowships, and cutting-edge research at the earliest stage of development. Our special project grants have been awarded to nationally recognized experts from interdisciplinary labs at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, City of Hope, and UCLA.
We believe that collaboration among scientists working in a variety of fields is the key to understanding chronic kidney disease, discovering improved therapies, and finding a much-needed cure. To that end, in September 2012, UKRO entered into an agreement with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California to establish what we envision as a a premier center nationally for kidney research—the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center (KRC). We have made an initial $3.5 million pledge to support the establishment of the KRC, which officially opened in 2015 and conducts both basic and applied research programs at USC. UKRO’s gift will be matched by equivalent contributions from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Research at the KRC will be the primary beneficiary of UKRO’s fundraising for the foreseeable future.
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