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The Kidney in Health and Disease


The vision of this theme is to expand the Collaborative Network for Kidney Research, linking an understanding of the molecular and cellular physiology of kidney function to the clinical application of therapies that prevent kidney injury or the progression of kidney disease.

Specific long term objectives are:

  • to elucidate key mechanisms of renal epithelial and endothelial cell damage, following injury by different agents or mediators
  • to elucidate the genetic and cellular processes that lead to irreversible fibrosis or repair
  • to define new targets for intervention in the pathways leading to cell injury and death.

This knowledge will lead to more focused interventions that will reduce the rapidly increasing incidence of chronic kidney disease and the need for renal replacement therapy (dialysis and transplantation).

Further Information

Professor Rob Walker
Medical and Surgical Sciences

Professor Zoltan Endre
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch
New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 0530
Fax 64 3 364 0525