Innovative Kidney Researcher Discusses Therapies for Polycystic Kidney Disease

What is the most common inherited kidney disease in the world? It is autosomal dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Scientific studies are increasing our understanding of its molecular and cellular pathology, and treatments may appear on the horizon.
By: The PKD Foundation of Canada
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HAMILTON, Ontario - Nov. 12, 2013 - PRLog -- Therapies for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) have eluded the scientific community and PKD patients for many years. However, recent animal and human studies have begun to show promise. Can drinking more water slow the growth of renal cysts? Is Tolvaptan safe? These are among the questions PKD patients are asking themselves.

This is a good point in time to re-examine the current treatments and find out about the potential for more from innovative Canadian kidney researcher, Dr. Moumita Barua.

Dr. Barua completed her training in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Toronto in 2009. From October 2009 to July 2013, she did a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Dr. Martin Pollak (an expert in genetic studies of familial glomerular diseases). She now works with nephrologist Dr. York Pei at the Toronto General Hospital.

"Dr. Barua is expanding her clinical expertise in hereditary kidney disease (HKD) with the goal of applying her research methodologies more broadly. To support this endeavor, The PKD Foundation of Canada and Tuberous Sclerosis Canada Sclérose awarded Dr. Barua with the 2013-2014 Translational Research Fellowship in HKD," noted Shiona Mackenzie-Morrison, Hamilton Chapter Coordinator of the PKD Foundation of Canada.

"Anyone interested is welcome to join us at St. Joe's for Dr. Barua's overview of autosomal dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, with a specific focus on current and future therapies," Mackenzie-Morrison added.

The public presentation is part of an ongoing series of free 2-hour informational support meetings hosted by the Hamilton Chapter of the PKD Foundation of Canada six times a year. Registration is not required. On-site parking (payment required) and street parking (free) is available. More information is available online .

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