Announcements

ASN Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb

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.…

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Read our Spring 2018 newsletter for an update from our director and to learn more about investigator Dr. Ann O’Hare’s recent article on strategies for patient-centered care in renal medicine, associate director Dr. Ian de Boer’s entry into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and Dr. Bessie Young’s meeting to gain insight about APOL1 genetic testing.…

NIH director speaks to Congress, uses our kidney-on-a-chip as example

“This is brand new, we wouldn’t have been able to do this a few years ago.” On April 11, NIH director Dr. Francis Collins used our kidney-on-a-chip to demonstrate the value of biomedical research to Congress. Click ‘read more’ to watch the clip (1:17 in video).…

Kidney Research Institute Appoints Glenda Roberts as Director of External Relations and Patient Engagement

We are thrilled to announce that Glenda Roberts has joined the Kidney Research Institute, a collaboration between Northwest Kidney Centers and UW Medicine, as Director of External Relations and Patient Engagement. In this position, Glenda will combine her passion for incorporating the patient voice in research with her skills gained from years working as a senior business executive at Microsoft and General Electric.…