$5.6 Million Grant Renewal Expands Research in Kidney Failure

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD) – part of the National Institutes of Health – has renewed a grant shared by the University of California, San Diego and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Schools of Medicine. The five-year, $5.64 million renewal will extend and expand research into acute kidney failure, or acute kidney injury, which kills 70 to 80 percent of patients in intensive care units who develop the disease.Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Ravindra MehtaRavindra L. Mehta, MD, FACP, UC San Diego professor of clinical medicine and vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Medicine, is associate director of the UC San Diego – University of Alabama at Birmingham O’Brien Center for Acute Kidney Injury Research.

He directs the O’Brien Center’s clinical studies core with co-director Daniel O’Connor, MD. O’Connor is professor of medicine and pharmacology and co-director, UCSD Center for Human Genetics and Genomics.

UC San Diego nephrology faculty members Roland Blantz, MD, and Volker Vallon, MD, are co-directors of the pre-clinical studies core of the O’Brien Center. Blantz is distinguished professor of medicine emeritus and former chief of the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension; Vallon is professor of medicine and pharmacology.

UC San Diego nephrologist Satish RamachandraRao, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, is a co-director of the Bioanalytical Resource Core.

Ravindra L. Mehta is Director of Dialysis Programs and Clinical Nephrology for UC San Diego Health System. In the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Mehta directs the Clinical Research Enhancement through Supplemental Training (CREST) and Master’s Degree in Clinical Research programs.

In 2011, Mehta received the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Shire Bywaters Award for his lifetime achievements in acute kidney injury.

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Dr. Ravi Mehta Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Work in Acute Kidney Injury

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD, FACP, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine’s Division of Nephrology and associate chair of clinical research at the UCSD Department of Medicine, has received the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) 2011 Shire Bywaters Award…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. Ravi Mehta

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD, is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension and Vice Chair, Clinical Research, in the Department of Medicine. He directs the UCSD CREST and MAS in Clinical Research programs as well as UC San Diego Health System’s Acute Dialysis Program.

2009 Funding Offered in New UCSD K12 Grant Program for Junior Faculty Investigators

Applications are now being accepted for a new, institutionally-funded grant program for junior faculty investigators at UCSD.

Offered through UCSD’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), the K12 grants are the institutional equivalent of a National Institutes of Health K23 or K08 mentored career development award.

Applications must be received January 9, 2009, for funding to begin July 1, 2009. All applicants will be notified by March 2, 2009.


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Eligible candidates include UCSD instructors or assistant professors in any academic series and fellows or postdocs who are completing their training. Applicants must secure their home departments’ approval before applying.

Each applicant and his/her home department must commit to the applicant’s 75% level of research effort through the project period.

In this first annual competition for the K12 funding, up to two investigators will receive support for up to 3 years from the Dean’s Office and from their home departments. The Dean’s Office and the home department each will grant $50,000 toward salary and benefits.

Funded investigators will be offered early didactic opportunities and in-depth formal and informal research mentoring through the UCSD CREST program.

UCSD’s CTRI K12 Program is directed by Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry. Dilip Jeste, M.D., Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, is Director of the CTRI Education and Community Alliances Division.

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