Research Opportunities

Our division actively publishes in both the basic science and clinical research realms. All fellows in our program are required to complete a basic science or clinical research project. There are a numerous opportunities for research in any field of interest across all subspecialties both within and outside of our own division. Research within our division includes the work of Dr. Carla Nester, Dr. Lyndsay Harshman, Dr. Jason MisuracDr. Kathy Lee-Son,vand Mary Lee Neuberger, APN

Fellows also have the opportunity to find research mentors outside the division. For example, previous fellows had mentors in Internal Medicine Endocrinology and Adult Psychiatry/Neurology.

You can find a list of our publications here.PDF icon Nephrology_Division_Publications_2016-2018.pdf

Our faculty and staff participate in numerous national pediatric nephrology collaboratives, which also provide opportunities for fellow engagement, involvement, and research:

Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative (IROC): IROC is a national collaborative including 32 pediatric kidney transplant centers. IROC’s mission is “to partner with patients with kidney disease and their caregivers to achieve health, longevity and quality of life equivalent to the general population, by harnessing the inherent motivation and expertise of all stake holders to improve care, spawn innovation and conduct research that improves health and outcomes.”

  • Lyndsay Harshman 
    • Local IROC PI
    • IROC Research committee member
  • Jason Misurac 
    • Local IROC co-PI
    • IROC Quality Improvement/Information Technology committee leader
    • IROC Research committee member

Nephrotoxic Injury Negated by Just-in-Time Action (NINJA): NINJA is a multi-center collaborative of 15 children’s hospitals. Their mission is to “eliminate all preventable cases of nephrotoxic medication associated AKI in hospitalized children.” Their vision is that “children should only get the nephrotoxic medications they need for the duration they need them.” 

  • Jason Misurac 
    • Local NINJA PI
    • NINJA Nephrotoxic Medication Subcommittee Leader

Neonatal Kidney Collaborative: The mission of the NKC is to improve the health of newborns with or at risk for kidney disease through multidisciplinary collaborative research, advocacy, and education.

  • Jennifer Jetton
    • Steering committee member
    • Education committee co-chair

CKiD: Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Study: The CKiD Study is a NIH-funded, multicenter, prospective cohort study of children aged 6 months to 16 years with mild to moderate kidney function impairment.

  • Lyndsay Harshman
    • Local PI

Cure Glomerulonephropathy: (CureGN) is a multicenter five-year+ cohort study of glomerular disease patients funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes for Health (NIH).

  • Carla Nester
    • Local PI

SCOPE: The Standardized Care to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric End-stage Renal Disease (SCOPE) collaborative prevents infections in pediatric peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis patients using large-scale collaboration to identify and spread effective interventions across pediatric care settings.

  • Kathy Lee-Son
    • Local PI

Pediatric Nephrology Research Consortium (PNRC): The PNRC started in 2004 as the Midwest Pediatric Nephrology Consortium with a mission to develop and execute multi-center clinical and translational studies related to pediatric kidney diseases. With over 200 members, it continues to be an active continent-wide platform for collaborative research by investigators dedicated to developing the evidence for the best standards of care for children with kidney disorders. 

  • Jason Misurac
    • Member
    • Website Committee Leader