Penn State Hershey Pediatric Nephrology Research
Pediatric nephrology is a young specialty and the care of children with a wide variety of kidney disorders can still be improved by ongoing research. Since many of the conditions we see are uncommon many pediatric nephrology centers have joined together to learn more by sharing information. Our physicians support the idea that there is strength (and information) in numbers and we are part of several collaborative study groups.
The North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study (NAPRTCS) is the world's largest and most active group of its kind. We participate in the following studies:
- NAPRTCS data collection studies
- Renal transplant patients
- Renal dialysis patients
- Patients with chronic kidney disease
- NIH sponsored, double-blind study on the treatment of Focal Segmental Glomerular Sclerosis (FSGS)
- ESRD Network 4 pediatric data collection studies Ongoing studies for the use of antihypertensive medications in children
Immune cell role in intestinal movement may lead to better understanding of IBS
Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine, in collaboration with other scientists, have reported the role of macrophages in regulating the contractions of the colon to push digested material through the digestive tract.More...
The Medical Minute: Don’t skimp on shades this summer
Sunscreen and sunglasses top the list of summertime must-haves for most people. But just as skin can burn on an overcast or chilly day, eyes can sustain damage anytime you’re outdoors without sunglasses.More...
Penn State Hershey to offer next Fit, Trim, and Slim session in August
People looking for a safe and effective way to lose weight are encouraged to try Fit, Trim, and Slim, a 12-week weight management program offered by Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute.More...
Grand opening held for medical/dental clinic at Bethesda Mission for LionCare
Penn State College of Medicine medical students were on-hand when Harrisburg’s Bethesda Mission introduced its new medical and dental clinics to the community with a grand opening on Monday, June 30. Bethesda Mission is a homeless shelter in Harrisburg that serves the greater Harrisburg area and is also home to LionCare, Penn State Hershey’s student-run clinic.More...