There are four major areas of investigation represented within the division:

  • Membrane transport and cell biology
  • Angiogenesis and the pathogenesis of preeclampsia
  • Neural control of renal function
  • Clinical trials [view current trials]

An NIH T32 Training Grant in Hypertension, Kidney Disease and Cell Biology provides training for young clinicians and scientists interested in pursuing research careers involved in diseases of the kidney, regulation of the blood pressure, and basic aspects of cell biology as they relate to kidney physiology and disease. funded since 1988 provides stipends for candidates who choose a career path in research and related basic science coursework.

Pilot and Feasibility Grants to support research relevant to polycystic kidney disease is sponsored by the Nephrology division supported by a generous philanthropic gift. The program is intended for young investigators, for basic investigators seeking to bring their expertise to new areas of research relevant to PKD, and for clinical investigators who propose a translational project. P&F grants provide support for studies that allow an investigator to develop sufficient data to prepare an application for independent research support through extramural granting mechanisms.

In addition to these primary programs, members of the division participate heavily in principal programmatic themes within The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Major research programs exist in the Hypertension Specialized Center of Research (SCOR), the Pulmonary Disease SCOR, the Cardiovascular Program Project, and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center. The activities of the division echo strongly the national recognition of exciting progress in molecular medicine and society's challenge to provide care equitably and at an affordable cost. We are pleased to be a major contributor to the development of future generations of practicing and academic nephrologists.