Two Year Clinical Track
All fellows will be expected to submit a review paper for publication with the guidance of their faculty mentor. In addition they will be required to complete at least one research project that is integrated into the research programs of the division. The fellows are expected not only to present their data at a national meeting, but also to prepare a manuscript for publication. Fellows are encouraged to identify a research mentor and to plan their research during the first year. During the second year, at least three months of research elective time are offered along with protected time during other rotations to achieve these goals. Depending on the type of the project and trainee’s qualification this time can be extended up to 8-9 months.
We offer qualified, motivated fellows an exceptional opportunity to train as a physician scientist in a premier academic environment. Fellows can choose between basic science or clinical research tracks. They are expected to identify a mentor and an area of research during the first year of fellowship with the Mentorship Committee’s guidance and support. Research will be carried out during the second and third years of the fellowship. Additional year(s) of training may be needed to become an independent physician scientist and fellows will be encouraged to apply for training grants offered by NIH or other professional organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Society of Nephrology.
Basic Science Research
The University of Maryland is home to a research group that is internationally recognized in basic nephrology research. Fellows in the research track have the opportunity to take advantage of this exceptional environment.
The goal of the basic science research program is to provide comprehensive training for a successful career as a physician-scientist in academic medicine through both basic science courses and laboratory research and experience in grant writing.
Numerous research opportunities are available within the Division of Nephrology and in other Divisions and Departments at the School of Medicine. The following investigators have active laboratory programs addressing diverse areas in Nephrology related research:
- Agnes Azimzadeh, PhD, Associate Professor: Transplant Immunology
- Jonathan Bromberg, MD PhD, Professor: Transplant Immunology
- Valeriu Cebotaru, MD, Assistant Professor: Polycystic kidney disease, cellular mechanisms of cyst formation
- Thomas Pallone, MD, Professor: Pathophysiology of Renal Medullary Microcirculation
- Richard Pierson, MD, Professor: Transplant Immunology
- Feng Qian, PhD, Associate Professor: Mechanisms of Polycystic Kidney Disease
- Jim Wade, MD, Professor: Hormonal regulation of Electrolyte Transport
- Terry Watnick, MD, Associate Professor: Mechanisms of Polycystic Kidney Disease, Director Baltimore PKD Research and Clinical Core Center
- Paul Welling, MD, Professor: Molecular Genetics and Physiology of Transport Disorders
- Zhong Zhang, MD PhD, Assistant Professor: Physiology of the Descending Vasa Recta
Clinical and Translational Research
Trainees interested in clinical research track will focus on epidemiology, clinical trials, outcomes research and other clinical and translational studies. The fellow will acquire a Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Research, or Biostatistics from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Medicine. The following investigators have active Clinical Research Programs:
Major areas of Clinical research in the Division of Nephrology include:
- Eric Cohen, MD, Professor: Radiation injury to kidney and lung, and Onco-Nephrology
- Jeff Fink, MD MS, Professor: Director Early Renal Insufficiency Program, Clinical Epidemiology in Nephrology and study of health services utilization
- Abdolreza Haririan, MD MPH, Associate Professor : Clinical epidemiology in kidney transplantation and Antibody-mediated rejection
- Afshin Parsa, MD MPH, Assistant Professor: Genetic epidemiology of renal disease and blood pressure regulation.
- Stephen Seliger, MD MHS, Associate Professor: Chronic kidney disease and cognitive dysfunction in renal disease
- Matt Weir, MD, Professor: Hypertension and cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease