Children’s Mercy nephrologists are working with the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine to investigate the genetic causes of kidney disease. This research will lead to quicker diagnoses for children with complex medical conditions to move them into appropriate treatment.
Children’s Mercy is one of two clinical coordinating centers for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study. Our nephrologists are learning about the relationship between genomic abnormalities and kidney disease. The hope is to determine if underlying genetic abnormalities influence chronic kidney disease or other complicated conditions.
Laurel K. Willig, MD, assistant medical director for the Genome Center, and fellow nephrologists are using genomics to determine how gene variances influence a variety of processes, including RNA, transcription and protein building. The goal of this research is to better understand the genetic causes of kidney disease to provide patients with the best possible treatment.