Section Editors

  • Hans-Joachim Anders, Ludwig-Maximilians-University
  • Adrian Covic, Parhon University Hospital
  • Michelle Estrella, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Jerome Harambat, Hôpital des Enfants CHU de Bordeaux
  • Bernard Jaar, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • William Oetting, University of Minnesota
  • Giorgina Piccoli, University of Torino
  • J. Kevin Tucker, A Teaching Affiliate of Harvard Medical School
  • Robert Unwin, University College London

Executive Editor

  • Hayley Henderson, BioMed Central


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    Profiling the cell types of the glomerulus

    Analysing the properties of the major cell types of the glomerulus in Cd2ap mutant mouse models of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis identified activated and repressed pathways, and responsible genes, thereby delivering a deeper molecular understanding of this genetic disease.

    BMC Nephrology 2015, 16:71
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    The CKD hospital care cost prediction model

    Annual hospital care costs associated with CKD stage and cardiovascular disease in the UK, reports that major vascular events, and vascular and non-vascular deaths, are key determinants of hospital care costs in CKD, in addition to the need for renal replacement therapy.

    BMC Nephrology 2015, 16:65
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    Predicting long-term sepsis risk

    Elevated serum Cystatin C (Cyst-C) is independently associated with future risk of sepsis, and this association persists after adjustment for markers of kidney disease and systemic inflammation, indicating that Cyst-C may play a role in sepsis risk prediction and reduction.

    BMC Nephrology 2015, 16:61

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Update on hyperuricaemia

David Gustafsson and Robert Unwin look into uric acid metabolism and review the current literature on the pathophysiology of hyperuricaemia, discussing its possible relationship to cardiovascular disease, morbidity and mortality and emerging treatment options.

BMC Nephrology 2013, 14:164

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Bill Oetting

William Oetting is currently a Professor in the Departments of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy and Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at in the MedicalSchool at the University of Minnesota. Professor Oetting's research focuses on the genetic analysis of common diseases. In particular, the effects of genetic variation on kidney allograft health and survival for kidney transplant recipients. As genetic variants associated with kidney function and/or disease are identified, they will become candidates for other diseases which include the kidney. He is also interested in identifying proteomic and metabolomics markers associated with kidney health after transplantation.

"I am pleased to have been involved with BMC Nephrology, first as an Associate Editor and now as Section Editor for the Genetics section. I have been impressed with the journal's high editorial standards, and rapidity of the peer review and publication process. Moreover, I strongly believe in the value of BMC Nephrology's open access policy, which makes new knowledge available to the global nephrology community, irrespective of institutional affiliation or financial means.

The genetics section of BMC Nephrology will provide a forum for investigators who are interested in genetic variation and their impact on kidney development, function, disease and response to therapy. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. The variability between individuals with kidney disease on overall health (e.g. glomerular diseases), or on kidney health (e.g. type 2 diabetes), shows why understanding the genetics of kidney disease is important. I am looking forward to the many contributions associated with the genetics of kidney health and disease that will be published in BMC Nephrology."

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