USC Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Target Kidneys

In an exciting cross-collaboration, researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine have created tiny nanoparticles, known as micelles, to target diseased kidney cells. Made with an ingenious kidney-targeting peptide, these biocompatible and biodegradable micelles can pass into the kidney and remain there, with…

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Kidney Research Center Welcomes Eugene Lin

This month the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center (KRC) welcomed Eugene Lin, M.D., M.S., to the team. Dr. Lin is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with a joint appointment at the KRC and the Department of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and the Saul Price School of Public Policy and the USC…

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Diet Rich in Potassium Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

Alicia McDonough, Ph.D.

Research from Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher Alicia McDonough, Ph.D., could lead to a simple and tasty way to lower blood pressure. “Decreasing sodium intake is a well-established way to lower blood pressure, but evidence suggests that increasing dietary potassium may have an equally important effect on hypertension,”…

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Most Long-Term Type 1 Diabetes Patients Have Kidney Disease

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh reveals that most patients suffering from long-term Type 1 diabetes (T1D) have at least some level of kidney disease. Researchers studied a cohort of men and women with childhood-onset T1D diagnosed between 1950 to 1980 to assess the cumulative kidney complication risk after 50…

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Remembering UKRO Board Member Carol Peters

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a treasured member of the UKRO family, our long-time board member Carol Peters. Carol spent more than 40 years in the music industry, serving in executive positions at both major and independent labels. For more than 20 years, she…

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Keck Kidney Transplant Program Receives 5 Stars

The kidney transplant program at the Keck School of Medicine received a 5-star ranking by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). By outcomes and volume, Keck came in second out of almost 285 programs in the nation. Upon sharing the news with us, Dr. Qazi commented, “I am really…

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