At present, nephrology research is represented by a single externally funded grant. We are at the end of an external grant for educational activities for the fellows, funded by DaVita.
Andre Kaplan, M.D., Principal Investigator – “Clinical Study to Elucidate the Potential Effect of Dialyzer Leaching of BPA from the Fresenius Optiflux 160NR when Compared to a Non-BPA Containing Dialyzer, the Nipro ELISIO-15H”
Dr. Kaplan has long-standing interests in blood purification, both hemodialysis and apheresis. He is currently testing two dialyzers, one of which does not contain BPA, a putative toxin in plastics, in a trial.
Lalarukh Haider, M.D., is working with Stephen Schensul, Ph.D., in the Department of Community Medicine on investigating chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDue) in Sri Lanka. She received some funding from the international office at Storrs for preliminary studies in Sri Lanka this past spring.
Other scholarly activities include opportunistic studies of interesting and unusual patients and some in-depth quality studies.