The Kidney Club @ UChicago
KIDNEYS IN THE COMMUNITY
NEPHROLOGY, IN NUMBERS*
Kidney disease represents a significant burden both locally and globally. Yet, as many as 9 in 10 Americans who have chronic kidney disease are not even aware of having such a diagnosis.
This much change. For a healthier future. For us all.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Cases, US
Hispanic Adults with CKD, US
Non-Hispanic Black Adults with CKD, US
Non-Hispanic White Adults with CKD, US
People with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), US
Median Wait Time for Kidney Transplant, US Adults
46 - 59.1 months
Completed Kidney Transplants (2020), US
People on Waitlist for Kidney Transplants (Aug. 2021), US
From filtering out toxins to activating Vitamin D, kidneys play a critically versatile role in our health. But 15% of U.S. adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and 2 out of 5 Americans with severe CKD are unaware of such a diagnosis and its associated threats. Concerningly, kidney disease disproportionately burdens racial and ethnic minorities.
Awareness catalyzes progress. And the Kidney Club aims to do just that.
So, welcome. Let's filter through this together.
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A brief stroll with Dr. Neil Turner through some of nephrology's history, a discipline of internal medicine that focuses specifically on the detection and treatment of kidney conditions.
Historical evidence suggests that some of the first recorded instances of individuals utilizing urine changes to ascertain disease diagnoses traces back to the time of Hippocrates, who used changes in urine composition to monitor kidney disease progression and fever.
Dr. Bright shared important insight into nephrotic syndrome and dropsy, a condition characterized by severe edema. His observations paved the way for characterizing the etiology of proteinuria, in which high levels of protein in the urine are indicative of kidney damage.
George Haas performed the first hemodialysis treatment on a chronically ill patient in Germany. Today, hemodialysis involves the use of an artificial kidney to clean and filter the blood.
Helen Murray & Alfred Free
Murray and Free innovated upon previous attempts to develop techniques for the analysis of urine compounds, designing colorimetric paper sticks for the detection of glucose.
Peter Medawar & Frank Burnet
Medawar and Burnet won the 1960 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their early attempts at successful immunosuppression in kidney transplant patients.
1955 & 1957
The incorporation of electron microscopy and immunofluorescence allowed for critical analyses of kidney biopsies, particularly in regards to glomerular health.