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Faculty Receive National Kidney Foundation Grants

Friday, October 03, 2008

The National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York recently awarded grant funding to several researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dana Work, D.O., a third-year pediatric resident, is the recipient of an $11,000 National Kidney Foundation (NKF) grant for her study of renal function in children. The purpose of the study is to determine whether the speed of disappearance of an agent called iohexol from the blood after a high-protein feeding can be used to measure kidney reserve, the ability of the organ to clean the blood in response to a high dose of protein. By comparing differences in kidney reserve in children with and without a history of renal damage, she hopes to discover which children are at risk for more serious kidney problems when they get older.

Ann Russ, Ph.D.
, senior instructor in Psychiatry, received $10,000 to study the decision-making process among elderly dialysis patients regarding treatment near end-of-life and the roles of family and clinicians in the decision-making process. According to Russ, as the population continues to age, this decision making regarding costly life-sustaining maintenance therapies such as dialysis in late life will become increasingly more important to understand as well as the underlying factors in the decision making. Rebeca Monk, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, and Scott Liebman, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, both specializing in nephrology, were awarded an $11,700 research grant for their study of patients with end-stage liver disease who have been on a gentle form of dialysis called veno-venous hemofiltration. This type of dialysis is typically used with patients with low blood pressure. The study assesses the types of anticoagulation used to keep the filters from clotting when filtering blood. NKF grants are meant to stimulate research that directly or indirectly leads to improvement in the lives of patients with kidney and urological diseases.

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