The research laboratory of Andrew Posselt M.D., Ph.D. and Mehdi Tavakol,
M.D. in the Transplant Division at UCSF is seeking two medical student
volunteers for summer research projects.
There are three major clinical/ translational research projects currently
We are evaluating long-term renal function and overall medical status
in patients who have donated a kidney as part of a living donor renal
transplant procedure here at UCSF. The information obtained by this study
will be important in providing guidelines for donor selection and medical
follow up. The research study involves chart review, patient interviews,
physical examinations, and several lab tests which is performed in the
Thymoglobulin is a potent immunosuppressive agent that may also have antiinflammatory
properties that can improve kidney graft function. The aim of this project
is to determine whether administration of thymoglobulin just before (as
opposed to at the time of or after) kidney transplantation can improve
early and late kidney graft function. The study would involve patient
interviews, processing of specimens in the laboratory, and observation
of kidney transplants.
In this project, we are examining the risk factors associated with the
development of transplant ureteral strictures, analyzing the efficacy
of the various treatment modalities, and developing an algorithm for transplant
ureteral stricture management. Ureteral strictures after kidney transplantation
have been reported in 2% to 10% of all kidney transplant recipients. Treatment
options include surgical revision and/or use of less invasive endourologic
and radiologic techniques, but the optimal approach remains unknown. This
study would primarily involve chart and radiologic data review.
These volunteer positions involve
chart review, patient interviews, physical examinations, lab tests, processing
of specimens and observation of kidney transplants.
Andrew Posselt, M.D.,
Ph.D. and Mehdi Tavakol, M.D., Department of Surgery, Division of Transplant.
Students interested in a summer research project should contact Dr. Mehdi
or Dr. Andrew M. Posselt (firstname.lastname@example.org).