Welcome to the Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research, a George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Center. The center is supported by a P30 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Department of Medicine, and by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Our center is designed to facilitate multidisciplinary research, as well as training and information transfer related to kidney cell biology, physiology, pathobiology, and translational research. Our cores provide unique resources for the renal research community within the United States and internationally.
Biomedical Cores - The Pittsburgh Center for Kidney Research supports four research cores to advance exploration of kidney biology, physiology, pathobiology, and translational research: the Cellular Physiology Core, the Single Nephron and Metabolomics Core, the Kidney Imaging Core, and the Model Organisms Core. Each core provides cutting edge research tools and expert support. The Center also supports Biostatistical Analysis through its Administrative Core.
Education - The Center offers diverse educational opportunities including mini-sabbaticals, seminars, and research training for medical students and undergraduate students. The Center also supports a series of annual meetings that are focused on acute kidney injury, protein trafficking, the ubiquitin-proteosome system, and epithelial physiology and cell biology (held in Telluride, CO).
Pilot Projects - Funds are available to support pilot studies in the general areas of kidney and lower urinary tract biology, physiology, and pathobiology. Applications from new investigators, from investigators that are new to the field or renal research, or from senior renal investigators working in a new area are considered for funding.
Publications - Use of the core facilities has resulted in over 150 publications to date. Our manuscripts are published in journals that include American Journal of Physiology, EMBO Journal, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Biology of the Cell, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.