There are three major areas of investigation represented within the division:
- Membrane transport and cell biology
- Neural control of renal function
- Clinical trials
In addition to these primary programs, members of the division participate heavily in interdisciplinary research programs within the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Major research programs include an O'Brien Kidney Disease Center, the Hypertension Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on the molecular genetics of hypertension, 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.
The Nephrology Division has an NIH training grant directed at helping fellows develop their research skills in kidney disease, hypertension, and cell biology. Fellows in our program are expected to participate in research under the sponsorship of a faculty member.