PITTSBURGH, Oct. 8, 2013 – The Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $5.8 million from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will support research facilities, educational programs and pilot projects to enhance kidney-focused research at the University of Pittsburgh and related institutions.
The Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research is one of seven George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Centers in the U.S., and also is supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine. Established in 1987 by the NIDDK, the O’Brien centers bring together scientists from multiple institutions to collaborate on basic, clinical and applied aspects of biomedical research in renal physiology and pathophysiology.
The Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research supports four research facilities encompassing cellular physiology, single nephron and metabolomics, kidney imaging and model organisms at the University of Pittsburgh; the center also supports a research facility at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
“Our Center for Kidney Research is designed to facilitate research that advances our understanding of how the kidney works, with a goal of improving how we diagnose and treat kidney diseases,” said Thomas Kleyman, M.D., chief, UPMC Renal-Electrolyte Division, Sheldon Adler Professor of Medicine at Pitt’s School of Medicine, and center director.
Of the 98 investigators who participate in the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research, 58 are faculty members at the University of Pittsburgh, 35 are at other U.S. institutions and five are at foreign institutions.
UPMC is ranked No. 16 in the country for nephrology, according to the 2013 U.S. News and World Report hospital rankings.