The Division of Nephrology in UC San Diego’s Department of Medicine has become part of a prestigious national kidney research network with the award of a five-year, $4.23 million O’Brien Research Center grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
The project, which will bring about $400,000 annually to UCSD, will focus on finding new ways to prevent and to treat kidney failure.
UCSD nephrologists, headed by Ravindra L. Mehta, M.D., F.A.C.P., will operate one of the core research efforts in the UAB/UCSD O’Brien Center.
Dr. Mehta, professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Nephrology, is Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine.
Two other UCSD Nephrology researchers will contribute their research expertise in genetics and molecular markers of kidney injury:
- Kumar Sharma, M.D., F.A.H.A, professor of medicine and Director of Translational Research in Kidney Disease.
- Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D., professor of medicine and pharmacology, who is Co-Director of the UCSD Center for Human Genetics and Genomics.
The O’Brien Center funding comes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. There are only eight O’Brien kidney research centers in the United States.