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Call for papers - Kidney lymphatics

Guest Editor

Megan L Baker, MD, Yale University, USA

Hengcheng Zhang, MD, PhD, Harvard University, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 18 September 2024

BMC Nephrology announces a Collection on Kidney lymphatics and their critical role in normal kidney physiology and pathophysiology in kidney disease states. Our Collection seeks original research on a wide range of topics related to kidney lymphatics.

New Content ItemThis Collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Megan L Baker, MD, Yale University, USA

Dr Megan L Baker is a research fellow in the Section of Nephrology at Yale School of Medicine working in the lab of Dr Lloyd Cantley, and a PhD candidate through the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

After attending the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and Wayne State University for her medical degree, Dr Baker completed her residency in internal medicine and clinical fellowship in nephrology both at the Yale School of Medicine.

Her work involves using imaging mass cytometry to study kidney disease, with a particular interest in lymphatic vessel biology and kidney tubulointerstitial pathophysiology.

Hengcheng Zhang, MD, PhD, Harvard University, USA

Dr Hengcheng Zhang is a Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Specializing in transplantation research, he has honed expertise in clinical medicine, transplant surgery, and immunology. With an MD and PhD from Nanjing Medical University, he is dedicated to exploring the intricacies of transplant rejection and immunosuppression. His scholarly contributions, including a multitude of published articles and his role in editorial review processes, demonstrate his active engagement in advancing transplantation immunology. His work involves using the orthotopic transplantation model to study progression of graft rejection, with a particular interest in immunomodulation within the renal microenvironment.


About the Collection

BMC Nephrology announces a Collection on Kidney lymphatics and their critical role in normal kidney physiology and pathophysiology in kidney disease states. Outside of the field of oncology, the lymphatic system has received limited attention in research. Despite its known roles in maintaining tissue fluid balance, regulating immune surveillance, and facilitating waste elimination, how the intricate network of kidney lymphatics is impacted by and affects the course of various disease states remains deeply understudied. A deeper understanding of this overlooked aspect of nephrology holds substantial potential for advancing our understanding of kidney function and dysfunction in disease.

Our Collection seeks original research on a wide range of topics related to kidney lymphatics, including but not limited to:

  • Lymphatic anatomy and physiology: anatomical features  and physiological functions as they relate to normal kidney homeostasis, and the process and function of post-developmental growth of lymphatics (lymphangiogenesis) in response to various stimuli
  •  Lymphatics in kidney disease: the involvement of kidney lymphatics in various renal disorders, including transplant rejection, acute tubular injury, acute interstitial nephritis, diabetic nephropathy, glomerulopathies, chronic kidney disease, and oncology, and their potential role in disease progression and potential for therapeutic targeting; the role of the lymphatics in other solid organ diseases (e.g., hepatic lymphatics in cirrhosis) as a basis for hypothesizing their potential role in kidney disease
  • Imaging techniques: advanced imaging methods that enable the visualization and assessment of kidney lymphatics
  • Emerging therapies: innovative approaches—medical or surgical—aimed at modulating kidney lymphatics for the treatment of kidney diseases
  • Translational research: research bridging the gap between basic science and clinical applications, paving the way for more effective patient care

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Kidney lymphatics" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.