GMS 6414 Advanced Renal Physiology and Pathophysiology

  • Course Number: 6414
  • Credits: 3
  • Course Format: This online course is tailored for asynchronous distance learners.
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Course Description

This is an advanced graduate class, also suitable for postdoctoral students, which will expose students to several aspects of kidney function, as follows: Physiological control of glomerular filtration and glomerular function in renal disease; regulation of renal sodium excretion; morphology of renal transporters; renal mechanisms of acid-ˇ‐base balance; the renal physiologic responses to normal pregnancy. The teaching faculty is drawn from a wide range of disciplines and all are actively involved in research on their areas of expertise.

Course Goals

The kidney is the primary regulator of all the body fluid compartments and controls both volume and composition. The course explores: 1) the mechanisms by which filtration of fluid occurs at the glomerulus; 2) some current ideas on the causes of progression of chronic kidney disease; 3) molecular aspects of structural and functional regulation of renal sodium excretion; 4) advances in the molecular understanding of the kidney and acid base balance; 5) the complex renal adaptations that occur in renal hemodynamics and sensing and control of sodium balance during normal pregnancy.