September 26, 2016 (BOSTON) – Mark J. Sarnak, MD, MS, Director of Research for the Division of Nephrology at Tufts Medical Center, has received a five-year, $3.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health to study novel methods to assess kidney health and function.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects 26 million American adults, with millions more at an elevated risk of developing the disease. In addition to inhibiting kidney function, CKD can lead to a number of other potentially deadly health issues, including hypertension and heart disease.
The current standard of care to define CKD requires the measurement of certain proteins in urine. With this research, Dr. Sarnak hopes to identify, evaluate and measure new, unexplored aspects of kidney function.
“If we are able to improve detection and classification of CKD, we hope it will ultimately lead to treatment and prevention of this terrible disease,” said Dr. Sarnak. "I am excited to collaborate with investigators both at the NIH and throughout the U.S. in this endeavor."
The project, “Beyond the Glomerulus: Novel Clinical Markers of Kidney Health and Prognosis,” is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under award number U01 DK102730-01A1.
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