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Patient Pens Letter of Appreciation for NP Lisa Koester-Wiedemann

Patient Pens Letter of Appreciation for NP Lisa Koester-Wiedemann
“Lisa is a true angel and always goes above and beyond to help her patients.” That is how “Sam,” a dialysis patient, describes nurse practitioner Lisa Koester-Wiedemann, ANP, CNN-NP, in a letter to Dr. Benjamin Humphreys, Chief of the Division of Nephrology, to express her appreciation for the special attention Lisa has shown her.  Sam has been […]

Researchers Identify Novel Drug Target for Treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome

Researchers Identify Novel Drug Target for Treatment of Nephrotic Syndrome
Albuminuria is the hallmark of nephrotic syndrome (NS), a leading cause of chronic kidney disease that affects 500 million people worldwide, but the molecular mechanism underlying albuminuria-induced kidney injury remains poorly defined.  A recent study by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have provided insight into a possible novel drug target to treat proteinuric […]

North County Dialysis Center Celebrates Tandy Day!   

North County Dialysis Center Celebrates Tandy Day!   
It’s one thing for an employee to be recognized for her dedication and 20 years of hard work.  It’s another thing for an employee to have a whole day named after her!   Thomas Gowen, the Nurse Manager of WashU Nephrology’s North County Dialysis Center said that Friday, August 19, 2022, everyone at the center celebrated Tandy Day, […]

Novel Podocyte Culturing Technique Will Advance the Search for Kidney Disease Cure

Novel Podocyte Culturing Technique Will Advance the Search for Kidney Disease Cure
Research into cures for chronic kidney disease (CKD) has been severely hampered because of the difficulty in studying the highly specialized cells of the kidney, particularly the podocytes, outside their native microenvironment.  However, a game-changing, novel culturing technique, developed through the collaboration of scientists from WashU Division of Nephrology and the McKelvey School of Engineering, […]

WashU Nephrologists Marcos Rothstein and Benjamin Humphreys Work to Increase the Pool of Transplantable Kidneys

WashU Nephrologists Marcos Rothstein and Benjamin Humphreys Work to Increase the Pool of Transplantable Kidneys
For almost 80 years, dialysis has been a lifesaving procedure for patients with kidney failure, yet problems such as low quality of life and the realization that patients will have to remain on dialysis for the rest of their lives have resulted in an increased interest in kidney transplantation.  The number of available transplantable kidneys, […]

Welcome Senior Department Accounting Assistant Selas Kidane – Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life

Welcome Senior Department Accounting Assistant Selas Kidane – Always Looking on the Bright Side of Life
WashU Nephrology gives a warm welcome to Selas Kidane, our new Senior Department Accounting Assistant, who will be handling the purchasing and accounting functions for our Division. Originally from Eritrea, East Africa, Selas came to St. Louis in 1991.  She graduated from St. Louis Community College (STLCC) and went on to earn an Associate Degree […]

Nephrologist Ying Maggie Chen and Bio-Engineer Srikanth Singamaneni Receive OVCR Grant to Develop Bio-needle Technology to Detect AKI Biomarkers

Nephrologist Ying Maggie Chen and Bio-Engineer Srikanth Singamaneni Receive OVCR Grant to Develop Bio-needle Technology to Detect AKI Biomarkers
A new, minimally-invasive bio-diagnostic device may replace painful blood collection techniques used to detect acute kidney injury (AKI) biomarkers in children in the future. WashU collaborators, nephrologist Ying Maggie Chen, MD, PhD, and bio-engineer Srikanth Singamaneni, PhD, have received a grant from the OVCR (Office of Vice Chancellor for Research) Seed Grant Program to study […]

Dr. Hani Suleiman Receives NIDDK R01 Grant to Study Kidney Podocyte Architecture

Hani Suleiman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a four-year, $1.37M R01 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the “Molecular Determinants of Kidney Podocyte Architecture in Health, Injury, and Recovery.” Dr. Suleiman’s research focuses […]

WashU Nephrology Welcomes 2022 Renal Transplant Fellows

WashU Nephrology Welcomes 2022 Renal Transplant Fellows
WashU Nephrology is pleased to welcome our 2022 renal transplant fellows.  The comprehensive, one-year Transplant Nephrology Program allows trainees to be part of one of the largest and most experienced kidney transplant centers in the United States. Sri Mahathi Kalipatnapu, MBBS, MD, comes to us from the nephrology fellowship program at the University of Chicago.  […]