Program Overview

Program Overview

The Kansas PKD-RTCC Summer Student Enrichment Program will support up to six predoctoral summer students for a 10-week period each summer between the months of May and August to carry out PKD research in the labs of the Jared Grantham Kidney Institute. Applications will be accepted from undergraduate students or graduates in MD, PhD or MD/PhD programs who desire a summer experience in PKD research in the Kidney Institute. The primary activity of the summer students will be basic or clinical research. It is hoped that students will gain an interest in pursuing a PKD research career. In addition to research, students will attend lab meetings, nephrology division conferences, research methods talks, and will have opportunities to join patient-oriented activities. At the finish of their research experience, students will present their summer activities to the faculty, fellows, and students in the Kidney Institute, and will be encouraged by their faculty mentor to present their research results nationally. For further information and to apply, go to the KUMC Summer Student Research website.

Kansas PKD Summer Research Program PDF

The University of Maryland PKD Center

Program Overview

Our Research focuses on autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), which is an inherited disorder that affects 1/500-1/1000 individuals regardless of race, ethnicity or country of origin. ADPKD is characterized by the development and growth of fluid filled cysts that eventually impair normal kidney function, resulting in end stage kidney disease in 50% of those affected. The disorder is caused by mutations in two genes, PKD1 and PKD2. Although these genes were cloned more than two decades ago, their function remains elusive. The NIDDK has funded three Research and Translation Core Centers (RTCCs), one of which is located at the University of Maryland. Our Center has funds to support 4 summer students working with investigators in our center.

Maryland PKD Summer Research Program PDF