$2.8 Million Grant Continues Chronic Kidney Disease Research

Dr. Jinag He pictured in a lab setting.
Dr. Jiang He, Chair of the Epidemiology Department

A new $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will continue groundbreaking research into chronic kidney disease (CKD) by Tulane University. A team of investigators, including Dr. Jiang He from Tulane SPHTM, and Drs. Jing Chen and Lee Hamm from Tulane University School of Medicine, has been conducting a landmark kidney study — the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study — since 2001. The new grant allows them to investigate novel risk factors for the progression of CKD, cardiovascular disease, and other related disease outcomes among patients with CKD.

“The CRIC Study has significantly contributed to our knowledge about the causes of CKD and cardiovascular disease progression among patients with CKD and has produced more than 175 peer-reviewed scientific articles,” said He, principal investigator. “NIH has made substantial investments into the CRIC Study due to its clinical and public health importance. At Tulane University alone, NIH has awarded $14.6 million over the study period.”

The new phase of the CRIC Study will last five years and will include home monitoring of kidney and cardiovascular functions, to better characterize study participants.

— Carolyn Scofield

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