The Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension has a well-funded and growing program in clinical research. Numerous NIH-sponsored clinical trials and observational studies are performed in the Division. Our clinical trials include trials on polycystic kidney disease pathophysiology and treatment, vascular function in patients with acute and chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation, mineral metabolism, fluid and electrolyte disorders and dialysis.
The Division has created the Kidney Disease Research Center (KDRC) and Clinical Vascular Physiology Laboratory, which is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The KDRC serves as the site for all clinical studies. Facilities include a waiting room, conference room, 6 offices, 2 exam rooms, a phlebotomy station, and lab space with a centrifuge and low-temperature freezer to process samples. In addition, there is a handicapped accessible restroom within the suite. Parking is available free of charge to the participants. The KDRC staff includes full-time nurses, a biostatistician, skilled laboratory technicians, administrative personnel, research subject advocates and information systems personnel, who all help investigators by facilitating the day-to-day research process. Additionally, all necessary safety equipment is available and the KDRC has established emergency procedures. The Clinical Vascular Physiology Laboratory houses all of the equipment necessary to make measurements of vascular function including the Noninvasive Hemodynamics Workstation (NIHem) device for aortic pulse wave velocity and the Toshiba Xario 200 ultrasound machine for brachial artery flow-mediated dilation. Furthermore, experienced research nurses and laboratory technicians are available to perform the laboratory blood draws.