Opportunities exist for trainees to be involved in ongoing research as well as with smaller and short term projects in both basic science and patient-oriented disciplines. Basic science research opportunities are available in different investigators’ laboratories addressing a variety of interests related to cell biology, acute renal failure, autoimmunity, and acid-base physiology and pathophysiology; additionally, top areas of research in Nephrology include: 1) Epidemiology of chronic kidney disease, 2) health disparities and outcomes in chronic kidney disease, 3) molecular biology of acute kidney injury and autoimmune disease.
Active clinical research studies include the NIH sponsored Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study, the Hispanic Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (H-CRIC) Study, and the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). In addition, several protocols involving anemia and osteodystrophy management are being conducted in end stage renal disease patients. Along with these projects, an opportunity for concomitant didactic work at the UIC School of Public Health is also available, including a program leading to a master degree in public health. An ongoing affiliation with the Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center affords further opportunities in health services research targeted at chronic and end-stage kidney disease. A T32 Training Program in health disparities also affords two years of research support for nephrology fellows for research focused on disparities in chronic kidney disease.