Virtual Remote Conference Tools Keep Us Connected

From telemedicine to video conferencing to interviews, remote conference tools have been so useful and favorably received since the COVID-19 shutdown that they may just end up being part of our “new normal” long after the crisis has passed. Virtual conference tools have helped members of WashU Nephrology keep connected to not only our patients, […]

Dr. Maggie Chen Receives $1.8M Department of Defense Grant to Develop Treatment for FSGS

Congratulations to Ying “Maggie” Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology, who was awarded a $1.8 million grant (total cost) from the U.S. Department of Defense for her study “Development of Novel Podocyte Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) Calcium Stabilizers to Treat Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS).” FSGS is the most common primary glomerulopathy leading to renal […]

Dr. Ying Maggie Chen Awarded $300K Mallinckrodt Challenge Grant

Ying Maggie Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Nephrology, is the recipient of a 2-year, $300,000 Mallinckrodt Challenge Grant for her study “Targeting Podocyte Dysfunctional Ryanodine Receptor to Treat Nephrotic Syndrome.” “The overall goals of this proposal are to determine the molecular mechanisms underlying increased podocyte endoplasmic reticulum (ER) calcium efflux under ER stress […]

Promising Therapies for the Treatment of Podocyte Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress-induced NS/FSGS

A new study led by Ying Maggie Chen, MD, PhD, Division of Nephrology, found a new class of drugs that shows great promise in the treatment of nephrotic syndrome (NS) resulting from podocyte endoplasmic reticulum (ER) dysfunction. NS is a leading cause of chronic kidney disease affecting over 500 million people worldwide.  Damage to podocytes, […]

Division of Nephrology Receives Two McDonnell Genome Institute Pilot Project Awards

Congratulations to Division of Nephrology members Hani Suleiman, MD. PhD, and co-PIs Andrew Malone, MB, BCh, and Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, division Chief, who were selected to receive McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) Pilot Project awards. These awards are made possible by funds from the Dean of the School of Medicine-WUSM, the Institute of Clinical and […]

Meei-Hua Lin’s Eye-Catching Image is JASN’s New Cover

An image from a manuscript by Meei-Hua Lin, PhD, Division of Nephrology, was chosen to grace the first issue of JASN’s new cover format. Dr. Lin is a Senior Scientist in the laboratory of Jeffrey Miner, PhD, Professor of Medicine. The new cover format, debuting on the May 2018 issue, displays a detailed table of […]

Maggie Chen Awarded $1.52M NIH R01 Grant to Study Nephrotic Syndrome

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Medicine Ying (Maggie) Chen, MD, PhD, who has been awarded a five-year $1.52M total costs, R01 grant from the NIH to fund a research project titled Podocyte Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Nephrotic Syndrome. Nephrotic syndrome (NS), characterized by heavy proteinuria and increased risk of loss of kidney function, causes serious […]

APOL1 Gene Variants are Causal Factors of Kidney Disease in African Americans

Professor of Medicine Jeff Miner, PhD, FASN, Division of Nephrology, is co-author of a recent study in Nature Medicine that proves that certain variants of the APOL1 gene cause kidney disease. For years, it has been known that African Americans have a 3-5-fold increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease […]

Targeting VEGF and IL-6 in Castleman’s Disease with Renal Involvement

A case report by a team of Washington University nephrologists and pathologists from Arkana Laboratories may prove valuable in directing future treatment of Castleman’s Disease (CD) with renal involvement. The report, published in the journal BMC Nephrology, describes a patient presenting with a very rare, aggressive form of multicentric CD with renal thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). […]

ASN Kidney Week – WU Nephrology Lectures, Moderators, Posters and Podcast

Program Director’s Meeting – Hot Topics from the Training Program Exchange > Wednesday, November 16 > Moderator > Hot Topics from the Training Program Exchange > 5:35 p.m. > BR C/D     Critical Care Nephrology: Using Prolonged Intermittent RRT in the ICU: How Do I Prescribe It, and When Do I Use It? Wednesday, November 16 […]