Study Sheds Light on Dark Side of Obesity | May 12, 2022

Vanderbilt research that promotes the anti-inflammatory pathway in macrophages could also reduce some of the bad side effects of obesity, as reported in The Journal of Clinical Investigation by Nephrology and Hypertension Drs. Raymond HarrisMing-Zhi ZhangShirong CaoJuan Arroyo Ornelas and Ming Jiang

Fissell Receives Medal of Excellence from the American Association of Kidney Patients | May 12, 2022
William Fissell, MD, recently received the 2022 Medal of Excellence from the American Association of Kidney Patients for his efforts to achieve advancements in kidney care and patient empowerment. 

Schaefer Named Adult Solid Organ Transplant Center Medical Director | April 4, 2022
Heidi Schaefer, MD, has been named Medical Director of the Adult Solid Organ Transplant Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Pozzi Elected President of Society for Matrix Biology | Jan. 20, 2022
Ambra Pozzi, PhD, has been elected President of the American Society for Matrix Biology (ASMB), a scientific organization that promotes research on the extracellular matrix with the aim of improving human health.


New Department to of Medicine Roles Push Forward Initiatives in Clinical Research | Nov. 15, 2021
T. Alp Ikizler, MD, Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Professor of Vascular Biology, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, has been named Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine. 

Harrison Society Researcher Discovers Key Regulator of Kidney Cell Structure | Nov. 4, 2021
New research from Vanderbilt could aid efforts to promote kidney regeneration after injury or to develop engineered organs. 

Study Seeks to Improve Kidney Transplant Outcomes Among Black Patients | Oct. 7, 2021
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is participating in a national study aimed at answering some hard questions about kidney transplantation in the African American community, with the goal of improving patient outcomes. 

Concepcion Named Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program | Aug.19, 2021
Beatrice Concepcion, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, has been appointed Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program. 

New Insights to Kidney Development | April 15, 2021
Integrin-linked kinase, a central component of a complex that coordinates cell signaling involved in migration, proliferation and cell death, plays a role in kidney development and epithelial cell function. 

Spirituality May Help Reduce End-stage Kidney Disease Risk | March 25, 2021
Researchers from Vanderbilt’s Division of Nephrology and Hypertension have identified an under-studied characteristic that may have a protective effect on end-stage kidney disease risk among vulnerable populations.


Clue to Diabetic Kidney Disease | Oct. 5, 2020
Vanderbilt researchers have identified a signaling pathway that promotes kidney fibrosis in patients with diabetes — and that could be targeted with an existing approved medication.


Protein Study May be Key to Treating Fibrotic Diseases | July 30, 2020
A protein linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurological disease that causes muscle weakness, may be a key to treating fibrotic disease of the kidneys and other organs, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported recently. 

Bhave, Grome Receive Awards at Research Forum | June 18, 2020
Gautam (Jay) Bhave, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cell & Developmental Biology, is the recipient of the 2020 Grant W. Liddle Award for “exemplary leadership in the promotion of scientific research” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Implant May One Day Replace Dialysis | May 18, 2020
Vanderbilt researchers used pharmacological manipulations to increase salt and water transport by kidney cells grown in culture, a step necessary for realizing an implantable artificial kidney device. 

Protein Levels in Urine After Acute Kidney Injury Predict Future Loss of Kidney Function | Jan. 28, 2020
High levels of protein in a patient’s urine after acute kidney injury is associated with increased risk of kidney disease progression, Vanderbilt researchers report.


Sex Differences in Kidney Injury | July 25, 2019
Men are more susceptible to progressive kidney disease than women; new VUMC studies point to differences in the expression and activation of the EGF receptor. 

VUMC, UCSF Win KidneyX Award for Home Dialysis Program | May 3, 2019
A roadmap to create an implantable dialysis system that would allow patients to treat kidney failure at home has won researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Silicon Kidney one of 15 cash prizes in the inaugural KidneyX’s Redesign Dialysis Phase I competition. 

New Target for Chronic Kidney Disease | Jan. 31, 2019
Preventing the formation of secretory structures that promote scarring in the kidney could offer new therapeutic options for a disease that affects millions of people worldwide.