Announcements

In Memoriam: Nancy Hewitt Spaeth, 1947 – 2022

Nancy Hewitt Spaeth, the longest survivor of kidney failure in the world, passed away on January 14, 2022…

NFK – ASN Task Force Recommends New Approach for GFR Estimation

Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb is the 2021 Belding Scribner Award Recipient

RESEARCH LED BY MATT RIVARA CREATES A NEW TOOL TO IMPROVE PATIENTS’ HOME DIALYSIS CARE

Myriad studies have shown that home dialysis affords patients independence and a better quality of life. The newly developed tool assesses patients’ opinions and home dialysis experience to ensure that incremental quality improvement efforts focus on areas and priorities that are important to patients, and not just doctors. Congratulations to Matt, his KRI colleagues Drs.…

National Geographic features Patient Advisory Committee member Nichole Jefferson

Why lockdowns have left kidney patients ‘totally and completely terrified’…

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Read our Spring 2020 newsletter for an update from our director.…

Research from Bryan Kestenbaum links heroin use in Pacific Northwest with AA-type kidney amyloidosis

New research results from Kidney Research Institute investigator Dr. Bryan Kestenbaum and colleagues show that heroin use in the Pacific Northwest is linked to a rare but incurable kidney disease.

The results, published June 15 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology showed that, among 38 patients diagnosed with AA-type kidney amyloidosis, 35 had a previous history of heroin use.…

The ultimate advocate: Glenda V. Roberts featured in Microsoft article

We are thrilled to have Glenda V. Roberts as our new director of external relations and patient engagement! Read more about the Microsoft alum and her career achievements, journey with kidney disease and dedication to advocating on behalf of kidney patients.…

‘Organs-on-chips: Tiny technology helping bring safe new drugs to patients faster,’ authored by key investigators

Next year, our kidney-on-a-chip — a business card-sized device with human cells that mimic a live kidney — will head to the International Space Station. Read more about our kidney chips, their journey to space next year and how connecting them to other organs-on-chips could tell us more about the impact of drugs on the whole body.…

Robots in kidney research

“This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,” says Beno Freedman, investigator at the Kidney Research Institute, about a robotic system that grows mini-organs from human stem cells. Congratulations to Beno and lead authors Stefan Czerniecki and Nelly Cruz from the Freedman Lab, and Jennifer Harder and colleagues at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, for their innovative work.…