2005


Post-Doctoral Fellowships
 

Dr. David Cherney
Toronto General Hospital
Supervisor: Dr. Judith Miller
 
ORTHO BIOTECH - KRESCENT JOINT FELLOWSHIP 2005 - 2008

Dr. David Cherney will complete his Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Judy Miller at the Toronto General Hospital where he will study the renal complications of diabetes. Forty percent of patients with End Stage Renal Disease have an underlying diagnosis of diabetic nephropathy. Dr. Cherney will study the relationship between the rennin angiotensin system, a specific hormone known as angiotensin II and an enzyme (PKC) that causes many diabetes-related diseases.  Understanding this relationship, and how to block the increase of PKC, may reduce kidney complications in diabetes.
 
 

Dr. Todd Fairhead
Robarts Research Institute, London ON
Supervisor: Dr. Joaquin Madrenas

AMGEN - KRESCENT JOINT FELLOWSHIP 2005 - 2008

Dr. Todd Fairhead will complete a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Joaquin Madrenas at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario. Dr. Fairhead is a young researcher, who has charted a consistent path in immunology, with a particular focus on transplant immunology. In his research, he will examine the role of a certain protein (RIP 2) in immune responses and its association with infections of the peritoneal cavity among individuals on peritoneal dialysis as well as renal allograft injury.
 
 

Dr. Wissam Faour
Ottawa Health Research Institute
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Kennedy

MERCK-FROSST - KRESCENT JOINT FELLOWSHIP 2005 - 2008

Dr. Wissam Faour will complete his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Chris Kennedy at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. Dr. Faour is a Ph.D. scientist who will be investigating both the beneficial and harmful role of prostaglandins in glomerular disease, building on his expertise in molecular mechanisms.   Diseases of the glomerulus, or filter of the kidney, are one of the most important single causes of end-stage kidney failure, which affects over 4,000 Canadians each year.
 
 

Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
Supervisor: Dr. Joseph V. Bonventre

KRESCENT FELLOWSHIP 2005 - 2008

Dr. Lakshman Gunaratnam, who obtained his MD from the University of Ottawa, will complete a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Joseph Bonventre at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, Mass). Dr. Gunaratnam’s training will be in immunology and transplant biology. One third of the patients receiving a kidney transplant have previously received a kidney that failed. Dr. Gunaratnam will be examining the role of certain types of blood cells (CD4+ T cells) which, when activated, can either promote or protect against rejection.  His research will explore how a rejection response can be changed to a protective response by altering the activities of molecules in these cells.
 
 
 
Dr. Jacqueline Ho
Children's Hospital Boston
Supervisor: Dr. Jordon A. Kreidberg

KRESCENT FELLOWSHIP 2005 - 2008

Dr. Jacqueline Ho, is a paediatric nephrology fellow who obtained her MD from the University of Western Ontario in London.  She will complete a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Jordan Kreidberg at the Children’s Hospital Boston (USA). Dr. Ho will study the regulation of kidney development. In children, congenital anomalies of the kidney are amongst the most common causes of renal failure. Ultimately, a better understanding of normal kidney development may lead to better strategies to prevent the onset of renal failure.
 
 

 
Dr. Michele Zappitelli
Texas Children's Hospital, Houston TX
Supervisor: Dr. Stuart L. Goldstein
 
SHIRE BIOCHEM - KRESCENT FELLOWSHIP 2005 - 2007
 
Dr. Michele Zappitelli, is a pediatric nephrology fellow who obtained his MD at McGill University in Montreal and will complete a Post-doctoral Fellowship with Dr. Stuart Goldstein at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, one of the largest pediatric centres in North America.  Dr. Zappitelli’s research will explore the nutritional and energy needs of critically ill children who develop acute renal failure in the intensive care unit.   Poor nutrition can hinder recovery, delay wound healing and contribute to negative outcomes.  His research is intended to increase understanding of the nutritional needs of critically ill children with acute renal failure and, ultimately, contribute to better recovery.
 
 


New Investigator Award
 

Dr. Shao-Ling Zhang
Centre de recherche du CHUM - Hôtel-Dieu, Montreal
 
KRESCENT NEW INVESTIGATOR AWARD 2005 - 2008
KRESCENT INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT 2005 - 2006

Dr. Shao-Ling Zhang is a new investigator in kidney development at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)– Campus Hôtel Dieu. Dr. Zhang has returned to Canada after a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in the United States. Dr. Zhang’s research addresses the role played by prenatal events in kidney development and prenatal programming of adult diseases. Dr. Zhang will be exploring the research premise that the intrauterine hormonal environment influences kidney development and contributes to adult health in the long-term.
 
 

The KRESCENT Program is a Strategic Training Program developed and supported by:

                                                    


With additional generous support from:

AMGEN               Baxter Corporation               Merck-Frosst Canada Ltd.             Ortho Biotech              RocheShire BioChem Inc.

© 2005 The Kidney Foundation of Canada