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Genetics researcher receives grant to study diabetic kidney disease

February 25, 2017

Katalin Susztak, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine and genetics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $3 million grant from three pharmaceutical companies to study the genetic components of diabetic kidney disease, according to a press release.

The study, called TRIDENT, will collect kidney biopsy tissue, as well as blood, urine and genetic materials to create a multi-omics dataset. From these data, Susztak and colleagues will investigate molecular pathways and link them to biomarkers of rapid kidney function decline to compare against slower kidney-function decline. This study should help identify potential therapeutic targets for diabetic kidney disease.

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